On the 11th of July, 2016 Kenyan 31 Kenyan Chevening Scholars for 2015-2016 paid a courtesy call on the High Commissioner H.E Lazarus Amayo.
The event was a meet and greet where students had the opportunity to meet with the High Commissioner and for him to receive feedback on their experience studying in the UK.
The students thanked the Mission for hosting them and briefed the HC of their studies saying that none of the Chevening Scholars had dropped hence a great achievement for them. Through one of their representative, the Scholars stated the need for each one of them to work closely with the Government in the relevant fields wherever they will be. The students applauded the UK Government for the scholarship Award that had not only opened a new leaf in their academic life but has provided an opportunity to experience the rich British Culture.
In his address to the students, the High Commissioner H.E Lazarus Amayo, discussed the Mission’s goal in creating a stronger dialogue with students. He encouraged them to take advantage of the opportunity, knowledge, experience/exposure they had gained to build on networks during their study period in the UK and as a Chevening Scholar. He reiterated the need for them to be useful to Kenya as well as themselves and be good global ambassadors for Kenya in whatever they do. He informed them of the close relationship Kenya has with the UK that although they may have lost a colony it has formed a mutually beneficial and cordial relationship.
Closing by wishing the students the best of luck and prosperous future.
Questions were open to the students; with one inquiring about the role of the Mission in gaining more scholarships opportunities for Kenyan students and partnerships between Kenyan Institutions and UK University.
Mrs Lesuuda Education Attaché had responded to the inquiry briefing students on the efforts of the Mission this past year in Education partnerships and scholarships such activities as; Knowledge Transfer by Kenyan Lecturers in UK. She listed some collaborative engagements that her office had initiated between UK/Kenyan Universities. School linkages and Staff Development strategies and various scholarships open to Kenyan students had been realized through the Mission for instance; 13 scholarships from Keele University, Coventry 3, Brunel 3, Teesside University 3 among others.
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