University of Nairobi partners with Tatu City for practicals

The students will analyse infrastructure rollout at Tatu City and conduct traffic surveys.

Wednesday March 9 2016

An artist's impression of Tatu City. The

An artist's impression of Tatu City. The University of Nairobi has signed a five-year partnership with Tatu City managers allowing Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM) postgraduate students to undertake their practicals there. FILE PHOTO | NATION MEDIA GROUP 

ByJAMES KARIUKI
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The University of Nairobi (UoN) has signed a five-year partnership with Tatu City managers allowing Real Estate and Construction Management (RECM) postgraduate students to undertake their practicals there.

The move follow’s last Friday’s visit by the current RECM class that was taken through the implementation strategy for the mixed-use and income satellite city development on a 2,500 acre piece of land along the Nairobi-Thika highway.

The Tatu City-RECM pact will see the two formulate a long-term co-operation framework allowing regular visits by RECM students as the Sh0.5 trillion project progresses.

“Tatu City also aims to give the students an opportunity to master-plan a parcel of land slated for development and to develop a feasibility study for the selected site as well as develop demand and supply surveys of residential, commercial and industrial areas,” Tatu City said on their website.

The industry-academic link will also see the students analyse the infrastructure rollout at Tatu City and conduct a vehicular traffic surveys of the area thereby helping formulate a localised traffic model that enhances flow and increases road safety for motorists and pedestrians.

MODEL LIVE-WORK CITY

Upon completion, the live-work model city will be home to 62,000 people and will receive an estimated 30,000 visitors daily who will be working at its light industry facilities as well as office blocks at the planned 20-year-phased development.

The UoN party comprised of students doing master’s degree in Valuation and Property Management and Construction Management, registered and practicing architects, quantity surveyors, land valuers, engineers, land surveyors, project managers, property managers and estate agents.

The plan is expected to boost the industry-academic link and provide a platform where the two will exchange ideas of making the various courses relevant to the job market.

Tatu City development has since taken off with global industrial giants Unilever and leading Kenyan companies Dormans, Kim-Fay and Maxam having launched the construction of their manufacturing units worth millions of shillings.

The 420-acre industrial park is currently up for grabs with global and local companies invited to purchase plots to put up their facilities.

It also boasts of Kijani Ridge, a planned exclusive gated residential development that will comprise residential houses, a club house, communal swimming pool, restaurant, a school, mini-shopping centre and a jogging track.

The 2,500-acre facility is a demand-driven structured project where the first phase will see establishment of a central business district area, residential Phase 1 and the logistics/light industrial area.

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