One the areas of cooperation between Kenya and the Russian Federation is promotion and development of education.
The Government of the Russian Federation provides a limited number of scholarships towards the development of human resource in Kenya. The scholarships offered cover undergraduate degree courses, Masters' degree and Doctor of Philosophy (PhD.). Those who are awarded the scholarships in case of the undergraduates arrive at the beginning of the academic year in September while those for postgraduate PhD arrive later, the latest being December. These scholarships are partial whereby the Russian Federation caters for tuition and accommodation. The students or their sponsors have to cater for medical insurance, food and all other requirements including books, travelling to and from Russia and within Russia.
The selection of suitable candidates is done in Kenya by the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology in collaboration with the Ministry of Education and science of the Russian Federation. The offer of scholarship is usually advertised in the dailies in Kenya which is followed by the selection exercise and invitation of those awarded the scholarship.
Those awarded undergraduate scholarship are legible for extension to Masters' degree following outstanding performance during their undergraduate studies. However, they need to re-apply for consideration for their masters sponsorship.
The offer of scholarship awards by the Government of the Russian Federation which stretches right from the time Kenya attained its independence during the Soviet Union has indeed contributed to the development of Kenya. Most of the Russian graduates are in the scientific fields. These graduates have continued to be absorbed in our labour force.
The offer of scholarship has encouraged many Kenyans who come to study under contract terms with the concerned universities. There are many students on contract in the Russian Federation universities. Most of these students are studying medicine.
Promotion of development of education at higher education level requires linkages and exchange programmes among various institutions or centres of excellence.
Some Russian Universities are currently interested in establishing linkages and exchange programmes with Kenyan higher education institutions.
Offering of appropriate and timely services to students requires that the embassy knows those students who come to Russia. In this regard the students are expected to contact the embassy on arrival in Russia. This provides an opportunity to the embassy to know the institutions where Kenyan students are studying.