Seven staff and graduate students from JKUAT are among 55 Kenyans awarded scholarships by the Government of Japan to study various graduate courses in Japan.
The seven who will form the first batch of students in an initiative expected to award 1000 scholarships to students from all over Africa under the African Business Education Initiative for the Youth (ABE – Initiative) were recently awarded their scholarships at a ceremony held at the University’s main campus.
The initiative aims at empowering youths who have the potential to contribute to the development of Africa as well as strengthening the ties between their countries and Japan. The scholarship targets youth from the Private sectors, Government sectors and Education sector, to enable them acquire knowledge and develop skills in varied fields that are key to African development.
The staff, Kariuki Boniface Wainaina and Ondiba Hesborn Andole will be at Hokkaido and Tsukuba Universities respectively, to study Environmental Science, and Life and Environmental Sciences, SUSTEP (Sustainability Science, Policy and Technology).
The graduate students include; Mathenge Jacquiline Njoki who joins International University of Japan to study International Management, Wahinya Fiona Wacera to study Environmental and Life Science at Okayama University, and Gathinji Peter Kiiru admitted at Obihiro University of Agriculture and Veterinary Medicine to study Veterinary Medicine.
Others are; Gathuka Lincoln Waweru to study Global Environment at Kyoto University, and Mitalo Oscar Witere who is also a beneficiary of the MONBUSHO (MEXT) scholarship of 2014, who will study Environmental and Life Science at Okoyama University.
Vice Chancellor, Prof. Mabel Imbuga has challenged the beneficiaries to prioritize learning and come back to help in nation building in their respective fields. As the first cohort under the scheme, Prof. Imbuga urged the students to conduct themselves with decorum in order to open doors for those who would come after them.
The initiative was first officially announced by Japan Prime Minister Shinzo Abe during the 5th Tokyo International Conference on African Development (TICAD V) in June 2013. It offers students in Africa a chance to undertake Masters Courses and internship programme in Japan.