Kenyans win one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships
Updated Friday, September 6th 2013 at 12:39 GMT +3
NAIROBI, KENYA: Nine Kenyans have won one of the world’s most prestigious scholarships to study postgraduate courses in the United Kingdom.
The programme, worth Sh23 million, is under the British Government-funded Chevening Scholarship Scheme. The British High Commissioner, Christian Turner said the new scholars, selected from a field of around 350 applicants, are already making their mark in important areas in the Kenyan economy.
“We are proud of our long-standing educational links with Kenya. What I find especially pleasing is that increasingly Kenyan students in Britain are pursuing courses of relevance to the development of Kenya, bringing their new skills and knowledge back to Kenya to contribute to the growth of this wonderful country,” said Dr Turner.
The programme makes awards to outstanding scholars with leadership potential from around the world to study postgraduate courses at universities in the UK. Past Chevening scholars include Cabinet secretary for Sports, Arts and Culture Hassan Wario, Judge of the Supreme Court Njoki Ndung’u, Raphael Tuju and The Standard’s Senior Writer Mark Kapchanga.
The Chevening programme was established in 1983. Chevening Scholars come from 118 countries worldwide (excluding the USA and the EU). This year the scholarships will support more than 600 individuals. A Chevening Scholarship includes a monthly stipend, travel to and from home country, the cost of an entry clearance visa and tuition fees up to £12,000 (Sh1.6 million).