China to provide 100 TVET scholarships in East Africa

The Chinese government is granting 100 scholarships to competent educators working in East African Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) institutes to pursue postgraduate level courses in top Chinese universities and technical colleges over a five-year period.

The awardees were chosen from 16 regional flagship TVET institutions supported by the World Bank.

An initial 35 scholarships have been offered to Ethiopian, Kenyan, and Tanzanian students for the 2020 and 2021 academic years, with 18 of them provided just last week.

The scholarships are part of a three-way collaboration between the Inter-University Council for East Africa, the Chinese government, and the World Bank to encourage excellence in TVET in the region.

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TVET scholarship details

Over the course of a five-year period, a total of 20 scholarships will be offered to help college students and teachers from the three nations pursue appropriate technical and engineering master’s or doctorate degrees in Chinese institutions.

“The scholarships are open to both male and female students from the three nations who are under 35 years old for master’s programs and under 40 years old for doctoral programs,” said IUCEA executive secretary Gaspard Banyankimbona.

Six females are among the applicants chosen for the 2020/2021 academic year, he stated in a statement.

Tsinghua and Zhejiang universities are among the universities where the beneficiaries would study Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. Nine of them will pursue PhDs, while the remaining nine will enroll in master’s programs.

China’s selection process

The recipients were chosen from a pool of 16 regional flagship TVET institutions supported by the World Bank’s East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project. The scholarships are part of the project’s overall goal of improving TVET education in East Africa.

“The scholarships will allow instructors to pursue postgraduate degrees in industry, information and communication technology, energy, agriculture, and transportation,” the secretary explained.

Those who have already registered, however, are studying from home due to the Covid-19 outbreak and its associated travel limitations, he explained.

He added that the candidate selection process had been rigorous, involving representatives from colleges, the IUCEA, the Chinese Scholarship Council, and Chinese universities. Nine Ethiopians, four Kenyans, and five Tanzanians are among the recipients this year.

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