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WPI Deans & Diaspora, Progress Diaspora University Plan

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From Left: WPI Dean of Engineering School Wole Soboyejo, Dan Kamau, Phyllis Kiarie & WPI Dean of Business School, Michael Ginzberg From Left: WPI Dean of Engineering School Wole Soboyejo, Dan Kamau, Phyllis Kiarie & WPI Dean of Business School, Michael Ginzberg

The Diaspora University plan was progressed by a meeting of: Michael Ginzberg, Dean of Business School; Wole Soboyejo, WPI Dean of Engineering School; Kristopher Sullivan, WPI Academic Affairs; Phyllis Kiarie, Diaspora University ICT Plan Developer and Dan Kamau, Diaspora University Town Project Developer. The meeting updated on the progress made so far on the planning of Diaspora University and discussed the next stages.

The project traces its roots from WPI U.S-Africa business conferences organized by Prof. Arthur Gerstenfeld. The WPI U.S-Africa business conferences would bring together scholars, entrepreneurs and persons interested in Africa development. The University Town development plan that emerged from the conferences is today an ongoing development plan of a University Town and is headed to ground-break.

Diaspora University, the main project of the Town, will be modeled based on WPI. The meeting with WPI deans discussed the approaches to be used. The value of the degree programs: business, engineering and others, to be offered to the students were discussed. It was noted that as Kenya population grows business entrepreneurs and engineers will be needed to meet the demands of housing, infrastructure and other needs for the population. Further, there is a need of housing supply to meet the deficit currently accumulated that has led to the growing slums.    

The project update status is: Institution Town Development Plan is approved; Diaspora University Trust to develop the project is created; Land project to be is received by the Trust; WPI model is ready; Diaspora Kenyans Town House Developers have files open and are opening files; Diaspora professionals are working on different aspects that will be implemented in the development of University Town; and interested financiers are working on financial products.  

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