Kenya - Support to Enhancement of Quality and Relevance in Higher Education, Science and Technology Project

Project Summary

Approval Date 14 Nov 2012
Signature Date 06 Dec 2012
Planned Completion Date 31 Dec 2020
Sovereign / Non-Sovereign Sovereign
Sector Social
DAC Sector Code 11420
Commitment U.A 28,000,000
Status Implementation

Project General Description

This project will contribute to supporting Kenya’s and the EAC’s surging demand for quality higher education, science and technology (HEST) training and skills development. Improving the teaching and learning environment for engineering and science programs requires significant capital investment especially for equipment and staff training, which the government and other development partners are not able to meet at present.

Project Objectives

The project aims to improve quality and relevance in engineering faculties in line with Kenya’s Vision 2030 priorities for science, technology and innovation (STI) and human resource aspirations of the East Africa Community (EAC) integration. Kenya’s Vision 2030 goal is to be a competitive, regionally and globally, middle-income country. In line with this, the project aim is to contribute to an increase in qualified and skilled engineers from 6,350 in 2012 to almost 12,000 by 2017 to drive the key sectors of Vision 2030. The project will target six university constituent colleges and two Universities whose core mandate is STI in line with the Kenya Engineering Registration Board (KERB) recommendations. The project will also contribute to increasing the number of qualified personnel, including women, in engineering and applied sciences through training at the masters and PhD level. Furthermore, the Wangari Maathai Institute for Peace and Environmental Studies (WMI) will be upgraded to improve the quality of applied knowledge and skills in environmental and natural resource management.


The project will target beneficiaries across the country since admission to the target institutions and programs is based on a competitive selection by the University JAB. A total of 12,600 students will benefit from the project. It is estimated that 11,900 will be at the undergraduate bachelor of science (BS) degree level, 500 will be at the masters level and 200 at the doctorate level. Of the first group at the BS level, it is estimated that 900 will be women, based on the 8% participation trend for women in STI programs. Up to 250 women will be targeted for the masters and doctorate training. A total of 560 (190 women) teaching staff will benefit through training in strategic management and governance. All the project target institutions have already been assigned additional engineering students in the September 2012 and January 2013 university intake through the selection that is done by the University JAB.

Participating Organization

African Development Fund
Ministry of Education


IATI identifier 46002-P-KE-IAD-001
Last Update 12 Jul 2020


Contact Details

Name OLANG'O Susan Achieng
Email s.olang'

Geographic Location

Country Kenya
Coordinates Location Name
-0.420132 36.9476 Nyeri
-1.28333 36.8167 Nairobi
-4.05466 39.6636 Mombasa
0.046256 37.6559 Meru
-1.36696 38.0106 Kitui
-1.6065 37.3687 Kakalia