RIARA University will move to the Konza Techno City in an expansion plan, deputy vice chancellor Faith Nguru has said. Riara University is the brainchild of prominent educationists Daniel Gachukia and Dr Edah Gachukia – the founder of the Riara Group of Schools.
“The two hardworking Kenyans are looking forward to expand to the proposed 5,000 acres Konza city,” Nguru said. The Riara Group of Schools has bought 150 acres awaiting construction at Konza.
The Konza city park will host business process outsourcing ventures, a science park, a convention centre, shopping malls, hotels, international schools, and health facilities. An estimated Sh1.2 trillion will be used to build the city, dubbed as a key driver of the county’s Vision 2030.
Speaking at Riara University yesterday, Nguru said the Riara Group of Schools started in 1974 to allow African children access education at the Riara Kindergarten, which formerly admitted only white immigrants’ children.
To date, the group of schools has Riara Springs Girls Secondary at Nairobi’s Imara Daima, Riara Road Primary School and a university, which first admitted three students in 2012 at its campus on Mbagathi Way.
The university has 300 students while the whole group of schools has 3,000 students and 300 teachers. “The push by the United Nation in 1974 to use education to bring peace in the world inspired the Gachukias’ to invest in education,” said vice chancellor Kiarie Mwaura.
A dedication service was hosted yesterday at the Riara University grounds, where chancellor Wilfred Kiboro pledged that the university will strive to develop the human capital as legacy that will transform Kenya to a middle income country.
“There is need for Riara to become a competitive university in research to help drive and sustain Africa’s political and economic development,” he said. Kiboro said parents must always demand more from their children’s education because the youth have the potential to excel to greater heights.