President Uhuru Kenyatta on Monday 26 March 2018 presided over the launch of a doctoral scholarship programme named after him. The Aspire to the Zenith: President Uhuru Kenyatta Doctoral Scholarships Programme that will benefit at least 100 Kenyans is co-ordinated by the Directorate of the Confucius Institute at Egerton University, Njoro.
President Kenyatta presented the scholarship awards to the first 18 beneficiaries at the event held at State House in Nairobi. He said the scholarship was the culmination of cordial relations between Kenya and China that had blossomed for centuries. The scholarship programme will offer 60 Kenyans direct admission into PhD training in agriculture and engineering, while another 40 will join master's degree studies. Present during the event were China’s Ambassador to Kenya Liu Xianfa, Education Cabinet Secretary Amina Mohamed, Egerton’s Vice – Chancellor Prof. Rose A. Mwonya and Confucius Institute Director at Egerton, Prof. Mohamed Abdille. The programme is sponsored by the Chinese government.