The University of Nairobi Alumni Association (UONAA) will construct an Alumni Centre which will host its Secretariat and other facilities. It is envisaged that the Centre will house facilities which will benefit the alumni, UONAA, the University and the corporate world. It will be a focal point for the alumni to network and plan their activities. The Centre model is planned as a self sustainable business venture which will have revenue generating facilities - including a hotel with conference and accommodation facilities. The Centre will house modern sports facilities for outdoor and indoor games. It will provide ample parking space with beautifully landscaped lawns taking into consideration green environmental issues.
The Centre will be a place where the alumni will meet, relax and conduct their business. It will be a home away from home, a focal point for meetings as alumni interact and chart way forward for various projects. The Centre will, therefore, be central to mentorship and role modeling to University of Nairobi staff and students – as senior alumni interact with the younger ones in areas of training, research and consultancy. The Centre will also house library facilities for special collections, and archival resource materials as well as those that support e-learning and multi media programmes
The Chairperson of the Executive Committee of UONAA, Dr. Betty Gikonyo announced that the Association had set aside Kshs. 20 million towards the realization of an Alumni Centre during the 41st Graduation Ceremony held in September 2009. Since then, enthusiasm on the project has been created through various forums. The initial cost estimate of the Centre is Kshs. 600 million (excluding cost of land which has been donated by the University of Nairobi). The concept of the Alumni Centre is modelled on well established alumni associations the world over. Most reputable alumni centres are established specifically for the benefit of the alumni and their alma mater.
As the Executive Committee was working on the concept of the Alumni Centre, the Chairperson, Dr Betty Gikonyo was privileged to get an invitation to visit the Harvard University Alumni Association in 2010. The Harvard Association has a membership of 360,000 and 181 clubs in more than 80 countries. This was a major boost and helped in developing the concept of the Alumni Centre while bench-marking it against one of the best in the world.
Since the inception of the University of Nairobi as the Royal Technical College in 1956, the alumni never had a facility where they could meet, relax or even conduct their affairs and in the process give back to the society through UONAA projects and activities. The over 120,000 alumni of the University of Nairobi is a major resource to make this project a reality and a ready market for its activities. The Centre is, therefore, a viable project that the alumni can identify with and act as a means of pooling their resources towards the developmental activities of their alma mater and the Centre.
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