The scramble for 120 Hungarian scholarships kicks off next week when Ministry of Education will call for qualified persons to apply.
University Education PS Simon Nabukwesi said there will be competitive slots for undergraduate; graduate and doctoral studies programmes up for grabs.
He said that some 40 scholarships for graduate (MA/MSc) studies will be advertised next week competitive fields of Agricultural Science, Computer Science and Information Technology and Legal Science.
Kenyans interested to pursue Economic Science, Engineering Science, medical and Health Science and Natural Science fields will also benefit.
Another 20 scholarships will be advertised for undergraduate (BA/BSc) studies in the fields of Agricultural Science, Computer Science and Information Technology, Economic Science, Engineering Science, Health Science, Sport Science and Natural Science.
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Nabukwesi also said that some 20 scholarships will be advertised annually for full Doctoral (PhD/DLA) studies in any field of interest.
“We shall also advertise 20 scholarships annually for one?tier master’s studies in the fields of general medicine, dentistry, pharmacology, architecture, and veterinary medicine,” said Nabukwesi.
The details emerged during signing of a new memorandum of understanding on the stipendium Hungaricum scholarship programme between Ministry of Education and representatives of Hungarian Government.
The Inter-Ministerial Memorandum of Understanding on the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme will cover the period between 2021-2023.
The partnership was sighed virtually by PS Nabukwesi and Oryolya Pacsay-Tomassich, the State Secretary for the Hungarian Diplomatic Academy and the Stipendium Hungaricum Programme, Ambassador Zsolt Mészáros, the Hungary ambassador to Kenya.
Dr Patricia Abaffy, Second Secretary, Consul, Embassy of Hungary and officials from the Ministries of Education and Foreign Affairs also attended the meeting.
Speaking during the ceremony, PS Nabukwesi said the cooperation offers 100 scholarships annually for Kenyan students to study in various universities in Hungary at various study levels.
“We plead with Kenyans to apply for these scholarships because the government will accord fair chance to all persons who show interest to study,” said Nabukwesi.
“We are happy that the cooperation between Kenya and Hungary will enhance culture and enlighten students,” said Ms Oryolya Pacsay-Tomassich.
She said Hungary will provide support to enhance the foreign service academy.
Nabukwesi said that the scholarships address Kenya’s big four agenda of Affordable Housing, Universal Health Care, Manufacturing and Food Security by providing skilled personnel.
“Apart from the tuition–free education, the programme provides monthly stipend, medical insurance and housing allowance for the scholarship holders,” said Nabukwesi.
Nabukwesi said that the programme has become attractive to Kenyans over the years as Kenyan students have had opportunities to acquire quality university education
“The popularity of the Hungary Government Scholarship to Kenyan students is due to the quality of education, the international recognition of qualifications, the attitudes of the Hungarian people to the international students, the variety of degree programmes offered by the institutions among other reasons,” said Nabukwesi.
Students are expected to return back home to contribute to the national development in terms of deepening the scientific, economic and cultural aspect with a global perspective in our development agenda.