China awards scholarships to Kenyan needy students annually as part of an initiative to enhance integration and foster bilateral relations between the two countries dating back 60 years.
This year, 48 students were awarded full Chinese Government scholarships and will be heading to China next month to embark on higher education studies.
Zheng Zhizhong from the China Embassy in Kenya said together with Ministry of Education they have made the necessary arrangements to receive and settle the students in various universities on arrival in China.
“The 2023 scholarship beneficiaries are traveling to China starting next week. As the Chinese Embassy, we have put in place all necessary measures and arrangements to ensure that they settle comfortably in China during their period of study,” Zhizhong said.
According to David Watene, a Deputy Director, Higher Education in charge of International University Education at the Ministry of Education, the scholarship opportunities program will help Kenyan students advance in their university education through various courses in China.
Speaking on Thursday at a flag-off ceremony for the students awarded scholarships this year; Watene urged them to embrace knowledge and skills transfer for the benefit of both countries.
Henry Rotich, the Chairman of the Kenya-China Alumni Association praised the Chinese scholarship beneficiaries, saying they made commendable decisions to go study in China.
“As you embark on this new transformational journey to China, just know that you made the best decision ever because China is very rich and advanced, especially in technology,” Rotich said.
The scholarships are offered by the Chinese Government through the Embassy in Nairobi in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
Students who qualify get opportunities to study for undergraduate or postgraduate programs.
By Thuita Jaswant
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