Chinese Tutors to Teach in Kenyan Universities After Govt Deal

  • Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to a bilateral meeting in Beijing, China in 2018.
    Kenyan President Uhuru Kenyatta (Left) and Chinese President Xi Jinping prior to a bilateral meeting in Beijing, China in 2018.
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  • Chinese tutors have been contracted to teach in Kenyan universities after a deal was brokered between the two countries. 

    The partnership involves contracting the Chinese professionals to share their technical skills with Kenyan students in local universities. 

    According to University Education Principal Secretary Simon Nabukwesi, the aim of the deal is to enable Kenyans to take up more technical roles in the sector.

    The entrance to Taita Taveta University based in Voi.
    The entrance to Taita Taveta University based in Voi.
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    According to a report by Nation, the project is slated to begin at Taita Taveta University based in Voi. 

    "Research has shown that this kind of expertise is lacking in East and Central Africa and also in Southern Africa.

    "The center that is going to be established here may serve a much wider region than just Kenya, and this is in the spirit of internationalizing our universities so that they can attract those who are interested in special programs from other countries," Nabukwesi stated. 

    The Vice-Chancellor for Taita Taveta University, Simiyu Barasa lauded the move noting that support from the Chinese government would aid in capitalising on Kenyans' potential. 

    "Two of our lecturers are already in China working towards innovation. We are going to be more modern because of our partnerships with the experts and support from the Chinese government," he stated. 

    The deal becomes the latest among the working relationships between China and the Kenyan government. The two countries have enjoyed a mutual relationship in the past with China fronting major development projects within the country. 

    Among the projects include the Standard Gauge Railway (SGR), Thika Superhighway, Outer Ring Road, Nairobi Expressway.

    Others include the Ksh16 billion expansion of Waiyaki Way road and the Ksh900 million expansion of Jomo Kenyatta International Airport (JKIA) terminals.

    omo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
    Jomo Kenyatta International Airport's international arrivals terminus.
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