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Hungary to offer 300 scholarships to Kenyan students

By Irene Githinji
Friday, November 13th, 2020
In summary

Some 300 Kenyan university students are set to benefit from a scholarship programme in Hungarian institutions of higher learning in the next three years.

Higher Education Principal Secretary, Amb Simon Nabukwesi signed a new agreement on Inter-Ministerial Memorandum of Understanding on the stipendium Hungaricum Programme for the years 2021-2023.

The PS said the arrangement will see 100 scholarships offered annually to Kenyan students study in various universities in Hungary at various study levels.

“The Hungarian Government gives the best scholarships. Apart from the tuition–free education, the programme provides monthly stipend, medical insurance and housing allowance for the scholarship holders,” said the PS.

Nabukwesi made the remarks in a virtual ceremony on Tuesday with the State Secretary for the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy and Stipendium Hungaricum Programme, Oryolya Pacsay-Tomassich and Hungary envoy to Kenya Zsolt Mészáros.

The stipendium Hungaricum is the flagship programme for internationalization of higher education.

Under the new arrangement, the Hungarian Government will provide 20 scholarships annually for Bachelors of Arts and Sciences undergraduate studies in the fields of Agricultural Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economic Science, Engineering Science, Health Science, Sport Science and Natural Science.

An additional 40 annual scholarships will go to graduate Masters studies in the fields of Agricultural Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Legal Science, Economic Science, Engineering Science, medical and Health Science and Natural Science

Some 20 annual scholarships will support doctoral studies in any field of interest while another 20 will cover one‑tier master’s (OTM) studies in the fields of general medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, architecture, and veterinary medicine.

Nabukwesi said Hungary gives Kenyan students the highest number of scholarships in a year to cover for 100 students.

“Students are expected to return back home to contribute to national development in terms of deepening the scientific, economic and cultural aspect with a global perspective in our development agenda,” said the PS.

Other countries that grant annual scholarships include China, which gives about 50, Commonwealth gives 18 while Japan gives about 40 business-related.