The Chinese Embassy in Kenya Held a Farewell Reception for the 2019 Chinese Government Scholarship Kenyan Students & Chinese Ambassador Scholarships Awarding Ceremony
2019/08/29

On August 27, 2019, the Chinese Embassy in Kenya held a farewell reception for Kenyan students awarded the 2019 Chinese Government Scholarship and an awarding ceremony for the Ambassador Scholarship. Nearly 200 participants, including H.E. Ambassador Wu Peng, Minister-Counsellor Zhao Xiyuan, Counsellor Wang Xuezheng, Defence Attaché Wang Yang, Hon. Ababu Namwamba, CAS of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Hon. Tom Amolo, PDS of Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Mr. Simon Angote OGW, Director of Human Resource Development Division of State Department for Public Service, Ministry of Public Service, Youth and Gender, Mr. Paul Mungai, Deputy Director of Ministry of Education, Dr. Henry kibet Rotich, Chairman of the Kenya-China Alumni Association and Director of Metrology and Testing of Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs), and representatives of Kenyan students and Ambassador Scholarship beneficiaries who will leave for China were present.

Minister-Counsellor Zhao Xiyuan extended warm congratulations to Kenyan students sponsored by the Chinese Government Scholarship and the Ambassador Scholarship this year. He said that the Chinese government has offered scholarships to Kenyan students every year since 1982. This year there are 182 Kenyan students who got the Chinese Government Scholarship, reaching a record high. The Chinese Embassy in Kenya established the Ambassador Scholarship in 2013 to help young Kenyans realize their dreams. This year, 50 students from Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Egerton University and Moi University were awarded. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the founding of the People’s Republic of China, and is also a very important year for deepening cooperation between China and Kenya. The cooperation and exchanges in education will bring the Comprehensive Strategic Cooperative Partnership between China and Kenya to a new level. Both countries hope that young Kenyan students who are about to study in China will study hard to learn new knowledge, make new friends, and make positive contribution to the cooperation and friendship between China and Kenya.

In their speeches, Mr.Amolo, PDS and Mr. Paul Mungai, Deputy Director, expressed their gratitude to the Chinese government on behalf of Kenya for its long-term support for Kenya's education. The cooperation and exchanges in education and other fields and people-to-people exchanges have trained many outstanding talents for Kenya's economic and social development. Since the founding of the People's Republic of China 70 years ago, it has achieved remarkable achievements attracting the attention of the world, which would not have been possible without China's excellent education system. He hopes that the Kenyan students will study hard during their stay in China, strive to act as envoys of Kenya-China friendship , and when returning home after finishing their studies, they could play a positive role in the development of the country.

Dr.Rotich, Chairman of the Kenya-China Alumni Association and Director of Kenya Bureau of Standards, and Mr. Adhere, who is going to China for a Doctorate degree, spoke on behalf of previous and current Kenyan students who got the scholarship respectively. Dr.Rotich shared his own experience of studying in China. Mr.Adhere sincerely expressed his gratitude to the Chinese government for providing scholarships and said that he would cherish valuable opportunities and live up to the expectations of the two governments in order to promote Kenya -China friendship. At the meeting, Ambassador Wu Peng awarded the Ambassador Scholarship to the representatives of the teachers and students of Nairobi University, Kenyatta University, Egerton University and Moi University respectively.

 

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