Society / Education
Monday, 05 Sep 2016 16:53 EATnewsdesk@kenyafreepress.com
Three successful lecturers from East Africa have been awarded Science and Technology scholarship by the East African Development Bank to further their studies.
The lecturers will arrive in the United States later this month to pursue a Master's Degree in Education and Mathematics (EDM) at Rutgers University in Piscataway, New Jersey.
Speaking at the event, Ms. Vivienne Yeda, Director General of the East African Development Bank, said EADB created the EADB Math, Science, Technology and Engineering University Scholarship Program in partnership with the Africa-America Institute, for experienced teachers and lecturers to earn a post-graduate degree in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) at Rutgers University and New Jersey Institute of Technology in the United States.
“This scholarship program will go a long way in helping to increase the number of qualified academics in the STEM fields and strengthen the workforce in the science, engineering and technology in East Africa. “The EADB and AAI warmly congratulate these scholars as they have successfully navigated a long and challenging application process,” Ms. Yeda added.
The three scholarships were awarded to experienced East African teachers and lecturers with a bachelor’s degree in a STEM field, who are actively teaching in an East African public university. The scholars were selected from nearly 300 applicants from Rwanda, Kenya, Tanzania, and Uganda.
The scholars include two Ugandans; Emmanuel Nsadha, 33 and Theode Niyirinda; 31-year-old who will pursue Masters Degrees in Education and Mathematics at Rutgers University.
The third scholar, Alfred Mutembei Limbere,is a 26-year-old from Kenya and will also pursue a Masters Degree in Education Mathematics at Rutgers University.
The EADB scholarship aims to maximize the impact of EADB’s investment into the higher education sector by granting scholarships to accomplished lecturers who have agreed to return to their East African universities and continue teaching after they have received their graduate degrees at Rutgers University.
The fully-funded EADB graduate level scholarships will provide full tuition, room and living expenses within a stipulated budget.