20 Kenyans students benefit from Chinese embassy scholarships

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Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa (2nd R) presents certificate of scholarship to a student of the Nairobi University in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 14, 2016.
Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa (2nd R) presents certificate of scholarship to a student of the Nairobi University in Nairobi, Kenya, Nov. 14, 2016.

Kenya’s Chinese embassy on Thursday awarded scholarships to 20 university students as part of a programme that begun in 2013 which aims to ensure disadvantaged students do not miss out on the opportunity to further their education.

Chinese Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa said the beneficiaries are from financially disadvantaged background and hence cannot afford to pay for their fees and upkeep at the tertiary institution.

“The Chinese scholarships are aimed at helping young Kenyans pursue their dreams in order to uplift their lives and that of society,” Liu said at the ceremony of awarding Chinese Ambassador Scholarship.

The scholarships program, which began in 2013, has benefited more than 98 students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

The envoy noted that the scholarships will encourage students to achieve better results in their studies adding that the Chinese embassy in Nairobi will continue to offer strong support to educational institutions of Kenya as part of the Sino-Kenya cooperation.

Peter Mbithi, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Nairobi, said Chinese scholarships will help students with limited financial resources complete their studies uninterrupted.

Mbithi noted that the financial aid from China will help his institution achieve its goals of educating more students from needy background.

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