D. K Mutunga* and B. W. Karanja
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A country cannot attain sustainable development without considerable investment in human capital. This makes education an important factor in development because it enhances people’s understanding of themselves and their world. It does so by providing the knowledge, skills and attitudes essential for the promotion of entrepreneurial and technological advances which in turn raise people’s economic and social progress. To achieve this, a country needs to provide quality higher education to its citizenry, and quality learning presupposes the presence of qualified human resources and good infrastructure in these institutions of higher learning. Recent years in Kenya have seen a lot of focus on access, but while ensuring that all those who qualify for higher education transit to the various institutions of higher learning, the efforts to develop the infrastructural capacity of these institutions has not matched the growth in student numbers. It is an accepted fact that quality learning does not only depend on relevant curriculum content, but is very much influenced by the learning experience created by the physical environment and especially the adequacy of: lecture halls, laboratories, libraries, accommodation facilities, assessment instruments and instructional aids. This paper examines the influence of infrastructural capacity in the provision of quality higher education as a strategic tool for sustainable development. The study is guided by the theory of Infrastructure-led Development which proposes that long-run development should be based on public infrastructure as the engine for growth and sustainable development. The paper will mainly explore relevant literature from different resources and use the findings to draw conclusions and formulate recommendations to address the infrastructural challenges in Higher Education in Kenya.
Keywords: Higher education, sustainable development, infrastructure, human capital