Up to 20 University of Nairobi students from humble backgrounds are set to benefit from the Chinese Ambassador Scholarship. The amount set aside to help the poor students is Kshs. 2 Million.
This was revealed when Mr. Yao Ming, Consular from Chinese Embassy paid a courtesy call to the University of Nairobi Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi on September, 28, 2016.
Also discussed during the meeting is collaboration between the University of Nairobi and Tsinghua University in China. The two academic giants will collaborate in joint programs, students and staff exchange programs, joint research among others.
The Consular, Mr. Yao Ming noted that Tsinghua University, being the best university in China will be glad to collaborate with the University of Nairobi on various areas including : health, engineering and leadership development.
On his part, the Vice-Chancellor welcomed the initiative to collaborate with Asian academic giant. The University of Nairobi has a mandate to be a centre of scholarly excellence and this can be achieved through partnerships with other learning institutions. These partnerships will spur growth and national development. The University of Nairobi is in the process of building a Confucius Institute. The Institute will foster relations between Kenya and China through language and cultural exchange.
Going forward, Prof. Mbithi proposed that a public lecture to be delivered by the Chinese Ambassador to Kenya on basic discipline and human development at the University of Nairobi. A Memorandum of Understanding will be developed and signed later in the year with details of the collaboration between the two institutions.