Posted Wednesday, November 16 2011
Kenyan students are set to benefit from more Cyprus scholarships from next year.
The president of the European University of Cyprus Prof Andreas Orphanides announced Tuesday in a meeting with Vice President Kalonzo Musyoka.
The professor who coordinated the award of 28 scholarships to Kenyans last year both from public and private universities in Cyprus, said his university will provide 10 additional scholarships while others will come from other private institutions.
“We are glad to be able to give Kenyan students access to quality education in Europe in banking and finance, business administration, engineering and Information Communications Technologies. I am confident this will go a long way to strengthen the historic ties between Kenya and Cyprus,” said Prof Orphanides.
Mr Musyoka who is accompanied in a visit to Cyprus by the head of the Orthodox Church in East Africa Bishop Makarios said Kenyan parents were overwhelmed by the generosity of the people and Government of Cyprus in providing the scholarships.
Earlier, the VP and his wife Pauline hosted last year’s beneficiaries of the scholarships coordinated in Kenya by the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation for dinner.
He told the group of excited students to work hard and ensure that they go home having graduated with honours in their degree courses.
“The best way for you to thank your parents and those who made sure your scholarships were possible is to graduate at the top of your classes,” Mr Musyoka urged.
Assistant minister for Higher Education Asman Kamama dubbed the scholarships mini-airlifts reminiscent of the 1960’s Mboya-Kennedy airlifts that saw many Kenyan students travel to study in America.
Speaking on behalf of the students, Sheila Chelangat said the scholarships have opened for them new frontiers for personal growth and development and that they would always be grateful to the Kalonzo Musyoka Foundation and the people of Cyprus for the opportunity.
Mr Musyoka wound up his three-day official visit to Cyprus by meeting officials of the Cyprus Chamber of Commerce and Industry where he invited the business community to invest in Kenya.
Accompanying the Vice President are Special Programmes minister Esther Murugi, Assistant ministers Kabando wa Kabando, Mr Kamama, Mathira MP Ephraim Maina and several businessmen.