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Chinese, Kenyan universities start scholarship programmes

University of Shanghai for Science and TechnologyPlanning and Vision 2030 minister Wycliffe Oparanya has started an exchange programme between two Kenyan universities and the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology in China.

USST chancellor Prof Yan Shuang signed an MoU establishing the co-operation with Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology vice chancellor Prof Barasa Wangila in the presence of the minister in Kakamega. The co-operation will also involve the Confucius Institute at the University of Nairobi and University of Dar-es-Salaam in Tanzania.

Oparanya said seven students from his Butere constituency will be the first to benefit from the programme through full scholarships to study courses related to medicine and engineering at the University of Shanghai starting this September.

“I am grateful that an initiative I started has finally come to fruition. This will go a long way in building the human resource base required in achieving Vision 2030 as well as enhancing the regional integration between East African states on education,” he said.

Among the seven students from his constituency to benefit from this co-operation is Mary Akumu, 18, an orphan who was educated through CDF and scored a straight ‘A’ in 2011 KCSE at Butere Girls’ High School. She will study Medical Equipment Technology at USST. Oparanya said the co-operation will train engineers because Chinese companies are engaged in a lot of construction in Kenya.

The minister hosted the USST delegation for farewell banquet during a meeting with high level government officials in Nairobi before flying to Western the following day. Shuang said the main purpose of the visit to Kenya was to improve China-Kenya friendship, enhance cultural and educational exchange and carry on co-operation with east African universities.

“I believe that in this visit, we have laid great foundation for future co-operation and positive results will be achieved in the future,” said Shuang.

He said the co-operation will involve cultural exchanges, improve the quality of talents’ cultivation through teachers’ exchanges, improve research ability and understanding Chinese and Kenya cultural and education through student exchange.

He said that USST administers Chinese Government scholarship and Shanghai municipal Government scholarship and is capable of receiving more that 1, 000 long term and short term international students.

He added that the two universities can co-operate in disciplines like civil engineering, electronic and communication engineering, computer science, mathematics, physics, biotechnology, production engineering, business administration and media.

He said the university’s business tour in East Africa and student exchange programme shall be managed by South-South Global Assets & Technology Exchange (SS-GATE), a programme initiated by and mandated by the Special Unit for South-South Cooperation (SU/SSC) at the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP).

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