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MMUST Postgraduate Students Receive Scholarships Courtesy of Acces, Kenya.

The Executive Director, ACCES, Mr. Kevin Fadum making a point during the meeting.

Two (2) of Masinde Muliro University of Science and Technology’s postgraduate students have received scholarships, courtesy of the African Canadian Continuing Education Society (ACCES), Kenya. This was revealed during a courtesy call made to the Vice Chancellor, Prof. Solomon Shibairo, by the Executive Director, ACCES, Mr. Kevin Fadum, on Monday, 30th January, 2023. Mr. Fadum was accompanied by the Program Manager, Mr. Anthony Kikubu Mutevane, who is also an alumna of MMUST. The two (2) presented the awards to the Vice Chancellor before the University Management Board (UMB), which was in for its weekly meeting.

Speaking during the event, Prof. Shibairo emphasized that Kenya will never go wrong with many learners joining higher education. “Today, the transition rate from high schools to universities stands at 37% - 40% in Canada. In Finland, over 50% of students join University while approximately 40% of the student population are enrolled in vocational programmes. In the Philippines the student transition rate stands at 66%. In Kenya, the transition rate is not as high and this does not imply that we should normalize failing,” said the Vice Chancellor.  

“When people join higher education, it changes their way of thinking. The more we have educated people, the better we are,” he stated, adding that countries such as India and China, invested in higher education and their economies are stable, with China having the second largest economy in the world.

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The Vice Chancellor together with the University Management Board, as they hosted the ACCES team.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Planning, Research and Innovation), Prof. Charles Mutai, thanked the ACCES team for sponsoring MMUST students. “Thank you for sponsoring our students. The initiatives that you are doing in our communities are the best ways to bring change and improvement into our societies,” he said. Further, Prof. Mutai encouraged the ACCES team to keep up the good work and commended them for extending such support to postgraduate students.

The Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic and Students Affairs), Prof. Hussein Golicha, echoed Prof. Mutai’s sentiments, as he thanked the ACCES team for the support they are giving to Kenya’s children.

The Executive Director, ACCES, could not agree more. “Our students are the future of this Country. Attaining an undergraduate degree is great but, we need to encourage the younger generation to pursue higher levels of learning so that they can be better leaders in the society,” said Mr. Fadum.

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The Vice Chancellor shakes hands with the Executive Director, ACCES.

It is worth noting that funds used by ACCES in supporting students in western region are usually obtained from donors. Additionally, the postgraduate scholarships are only awarded to bright and needy students who have benefited from ACCES for their undergraduate studies.

As the old adage goes, it really is far better to give than to receive. The knowledge that you are helping others is hugely empowering and, in turn, can make you feel happier and more fulfilled bearing in mind the impact your donation is making out there. It is no secret that today, hundreds of thousands of learners have been dropping out of the education system annually despite the much-hyped 100% transition policy introduced by the government in 2017. Lending a hand can help you support a child to stay in school. Let us purposely live a life of giving. 

By Caren Nekesa
Photos by Mary Wangari Wambugu

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