Egerton University students at the institution’s Nairobi branch could be left stranded after the university announced closure of the campus.
The institution operates from the 5th to 10th floors of the Stanbank House along Moi Avenue in Nairobi CBD.
Students in their first and second years of study at the Nairobi Campus will be the most affected by the move.
The announcement was made through a letter signed by the DVC, Administration, Planning and Development.
From the letter, the building the houses Egerton University Nairobi Campus is leased by Lloyd Masika Limited.
According to the letter, the DVC was requesting the company to extend Egerton’s lease as the institution plans to exit.
“…we are also making a request for the extension of the existing lease which lapses in March 2019… for a further period of three months…” read the letter in part.
This means that the institution will be vacating the building in June 2019 thus interfering with students.
Egerton University Nairobi Campus attracts students who are studying on part-time as they work during the day.
To remedy the situation, the students affected will be required to either transfer to any other university, the Egerton’s Njoro campus, or take their classes online.
Many students affected by this move are unhappy as this will inconvenience their working schedule.
On 13th February, 2019, the institution published the learning timetable for 3rd and 4th year students. However, students in their 1st and 2nd years of study were left out of the timetable.
The institution cited financial challenges and the dwindling number of students as reasons for the closure.
In the staggered surrender of the building, the institution will first give up the 5th and 6th floors in March, 2019. The 7th – 10th floors will be surrendered in June upon the expiry of the requested extension.