A ceremony was held at the Chinese Embassy in Kenya on Thursday to bid farewell to 140 Kenyan students who have received scholarships to study in China.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa noted in his opening remarks that China-Kenya cooperation in education that has blossomed in recent times has unleashed mutual benefits.

“The Chinese government has been offering scholarships to Kenya annually since 1982 and then doubled the quota in 2011. At present, more than 1,400 Kenyan students are studying in China,” said Liu.

He revealed that the Chinese government has so far provided about 1,000 scholarships to Kenyan students.

The Ambassador noted that both the Chinese government and corporations have been at the forefront of upgrading skills among Kenyan youth in order to enable them become self-reliant.

“Apart from programs sponsored by the Chinese government, more education and training opportunities are being provided by Chinese companies to Kenyan employees and young people,” said Liu.

The Kenyan government is keen to strengthen bilateral cooperation with China in the area of education in a bid to create a critical pool of skilled personnel that are required to power industrial progress in the country.

Chairman of Commission for University Education in Kenya Chacha Nyaigotti-Chacha said on behalf of Cabinet Secretary for Education Fred Matiangi that Kenya will tap into youth trained in China to implement flagship energy and infrastructure projects.

“Kenya has been earmarked to train for the northern corridor states in eight key areas ranging from maritime studies to oil and gas extraction. The beneficiaries are expected to come back and help develop the region,” said Nyaigotti-Chacha.

He urged beneficiaries of China-funded scholarships to improve on technical and soft skills that are critical to survive in a cutting edge job market.

Kenyan youth who were awarded the 2017 China funded scholarships were upbeat on securing gainful employment once they completed the courses.

Ibrahim Osman, an 18-year-old son of a pastoralist from northern Kenya, said he looked forward to becoming an accomplished medical officer once he completed a degree course in clinical medicine in China.

“My childhood dream of becoming a Doctor has been fulfilled and intends to pursue the degree in clinical medicine with vigor while in China,” said Osman. Enditem

Source: Xinhua/NewsGhana.com.gh