Twenty young lecturers from 16 Regional Flagship TVET Institutes (RFTIs) in Ethiopia, Kenya and Tanzania have been pre-selected to receive the EASTRIP China TVET Scholarship to study at Top Universities and Technical Colleges in China.
The scholarship will be awarded by the Chinese government, as part of the tripartite partnership between the Inter-University Council for East Africa (IUCEA), the People’s Republic of China through the Ministry of Education, and the World Bank to promote excellence in Technical, Vocational Education and Training (TVET) and to facilitate regional integration in East Africa.
The Scholarship Programme, which commenced in the 2020/2021 academic year, will offer, for the next five years, over 100 scholarships to qualified young lecturers who are currently teaching in the Regional TVET Institutes (RFTIs) supported by the East Africa Skills for Transformation and Regional Integration Project (EASTRIP) to pursue Master’s and PhD level study. In the 2020/2021 academic year, 20 scholarships were awarded. However, due COVID-19 Pandemic and related travel restrictions, the Scholars are currently undertaking their studies online.
Candidates went through a rigorous multilevel selection process involving the college management, IUCEA, and are currently being vetted by the China Scholarship Council before they are admitted at Universities in China.
The EASTRIP China TVET Scholarship is part of EASTRIP’s effort with support from the World Bank to address the critical shortage of qualified teachers and trainers in the TVET institutions in Africa. The Scholarship will enable the young lecturers to support advancement of TVET in EASTRIP priority areas including but not limited to Manufacturing, ICT, Energy, ICT, Agriculture, and Transport.
By Godwin Bonge Muhwezi
The Writer is the Project Communication Officer for EASTRIP at IUCEA