230 Kenyan students benefit from Chinese government scholarships

Friday, August 30th, 2019 00:00 |
China ambassador to Kenya Wu Peng (right) hands over a dummy cheque to the head of Confucius Institute University of Nairobi, Ireri Kinyua, at the Chinese embassy in Nairobi. Photo/PD/Kenna CLAUDE

More than 230 Kenyans will this year benefit from Chinese government scholarships. Of the beneficiaries, 182 have been awarded scholarships to study in China while 50 students from needy backgrounds have been sponsored to study in local universities under the Ambassador’s Scholarship programme.

The Chinese Ambassador’s scholarship programme was started in 2013, with the aim of supporting needy students.

“The Chinese Embassy has been supporting the education institutions of Kenya in a bid to help young Kenyans to pursue their dreams, through different ways,” Zhao ZiYuan, the Minister Counsellor at the Embassy, on Tuesday in Nairobi during a farewell event for the beneficiaries.

Students awarded are from various public universities, among them the University of Nairobi, Kenyatta University, Moi University and Egerton University.

“It is impressive to note that these universities have made remarkable progress in academic innovation and international cooperation which makes them stand out,” Zhao said.

He said more than 2,400 Kenyans are now studying in China.

“I am sure that you will perform successfully in your future careers once you complete your studies,” he told the students set to start their journey to China from next week. 

“I am truly grateful to the Chinese government for this scholarship. I will represent Kenya well while in China while fulfilling my career dream,” said Biffon Manyua, who is going to study Software Engineering in Nan Kai University.

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