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Kenya launches China-funded scholarship

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Added On March 14, 2018

Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday launched a new doctoral scholarship program which is to be fully sponsored by the Chinese government.
 
The program will benefit at least 100 Kenyans. It is coordinated by the Directorate of the Confucius Institute at Egerton University.
 
Kenyatta presented the scholarship awards to the program's first 18 beneficiaries.
 
The president stressed the program would lead to closer academic ties between the two countries.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) UHURU KENYATTA, Kenyan President
"I believe that the partnership between our local universities and Chinese institutes of higher education is one that provides strong foundation for education cooperation across the full spectrum of academic endeavors."
 
The program will offer 60 Kenyans direct admission into PhD Training in the fields of agriculture and engineering. 40 of the students will enter at Masters Degree level for Doctoral Studies.
 
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH) UHURU KENYATTA, Kenyan President:
"This programme anchored at Egerton University is latest sign of long and very deep friendship and enduring mutual respect that exist between China and Kenya. Over the last half century, this friendship has blossomed and now the Sino-Kenyan relationship stands as a towering example of how two nations, continents apart, can forge bonds of unity and cooperation."
 
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya, Liu Xianfa, said the programme would promote China-Kenya exchanges and cooperation, particularly in agriculture and technology.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)LIU XIANFA, Chinese Ambassador to Kenya:
"I would like to extend my warmest congratulation for the launching of President Uhuru Kenyatta doctoral scholarship. As another important achievement of cooperation between the government of China and the government of Kenya, this programme will be undertaken by Nanjing Agriculture university and Egerton University through the Confucius Institute at Egerton University."
 
Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed said the scholarships would boost Kenya's efforts to increase food security, as the research focuses on agriculture and technology.
 
SOUNDBITE(ENGLISH)AMINA MOHAMED, Kenya's Education Cabinet Secretary
"This programme will enhance pool of high quality personnel that we need to push forward our national development agenda. I also thank the Chinese government for generously supporting our education sector 删掉 at university sub sector, Kenya receives 50 to 70 scholarships from the Chinese Government every year.This is in addition to scholarships that are offered by many other Chinese agencies including municipal councils and individual Universities but also the Private sector."
 
The cabinet secretary said the scholarships will boost Kenya's efforts to become food secure since they are agriculture and technology related.