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15 Technical students to benefit from Chinese firm’s Sh1.5M sponsorship

Section 2A of SGR line from Nairobi to Naivasha/FILE

NAIROBI, Kenya, Apr 5 – Fifteen Students are set to receive a scholarship worth Sh1.5 million from Jin Yetao, a Chinese foundation to support Vocational and Technical Training Development in Kenya.

The first batch of recipients will receive the scholarship in September 2019 and are required to be in their last two years of study.

General Manager of China Road and Bridge Corporation in Kenya Li Changgui said the scholarship will encourage the youth to perform better which is of paramount importance to the Big Four Agenda and overall development of Kenya.

Universities that have expressed willingness to participate in the program include Kenya Technical Trainers College and Kiambu Institute of Science and Technology. Li indicated that only students in their last two years of study are eligible to apply and she hopes to see more institutes of higher learning involved in the program.

The scholarship has been set up in honor of Jin Yetao, a Chinese national who died as a result of the fatal Boeing 737 Max, ET302 airplane crash in Addis Ababa on March 10, 2019.

The Jin Yetao Scholarship is a special Scholarship bestowed by KCETA dedicated to College Students in Vocational and Technical Universities.

“As we deeply regret the untimely loss of an exceptional Chinese expatriate who dedicated his professional career to the development of Africa, the impact and legacy he has left behind through his work is immense, through this scholarship we wish to continue that legacy,” said Li Changgui.

Principal Secretary from the State Department for Vocational and Technical Training Kevit Desai said the country appreciates the new scholarship that will continue to boost Kenya’s regional and global competitiveness.

“This is a foundation where all industries will prosper and lead to the creation of meaningful jobs that will have a huge impact on the Kenyan economy. We are saddened by the devastation the air crash has caused so many families, but we must inherit the victims’ will and continue what they started. In that sense, the Scholarship is very timely and has great significance”, he said.

Guo Ce, Economic and Commercial Counsellor of the Chinese Embassy in Kenya said the scholarship will continue strengthening Kenya and Chinese relationship.

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