Eighteen lecturers from Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes in Kenya, Ethiopia and Tanzania have won scholarships to pursue postgraduate studies in China.
Beneficiaries were selected from Sixteen Regional Flagship Technical Vocational Education and Training Institutes supported by the World Bank; through East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP).
The scholarship is part of a 5-year tripartite partnership between the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the People’s Republic of China through the Ministry of Education, and the World Bank to promote excellence in Technical Training and facilitate regional integration in East Africa.
The Scholarship Programme offers over 100 scholarships to qualified young lecturers who are currently teaching in the RFTIs over a period of five years to pursue masters and PhD level study at top Universities and Technical Colleges in China. A total of 35 scholarships have so far been awarded.
The programme compliments the World Bank’s EASTRIP support but with focus on improving the much needed academic, technical, and pedagogical capacity of the faculty in the growing sectors of the economy including but not limited to Manufacturing, ICT, Energy, Agriculture, Transport and to promote regional integration.
Among this year’s awardees, 9 are from Ethiopia, 4 are from Kenya, and 5 are from Tanzania, all going to top Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics universities in China including Tsinghua University and Zhejiang University.
The Scholarship is open to both male and female students from Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania under the age of 35 years for master’s Programs and under the age of 40 years for doctoral programs. Out of the 20 selected candidates for the 2020/2021 academic year, 6 are females.