Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Commissions Finland Students
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Elgeyo Marakwet Governor Alex Tolgos today on 29th June issued admission letters to 25 students who are set to join Tampere University of Applied Sciences in Finland.
The County Government partnered with the University to send the students to Finland to study courses leading to Degree in Nursing and Healthcare.
As a result of the partnership, the University gave the students a reduction in fees.
The County also entered into an agreement with Tampere City which will pave way for the students to be offered part time jobs as they learn, to enable them cater for their fees and other personal needs. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
The 25 students were picked after a suitability test conducted by the University at the Kenya Medical Training College in Iten last year. The students will cater for their own course fees.
The Governor congratulated the students for successfully going through the selection process noting that they were the first cohort students from Elgeyo Marakwet.
“You are the pioneers of this partnership and I want you to go to Finland and do our County and your parents proud. This will pave way for other students who will come after you. Please be our good ambassadors,” said the Governor. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Tolgos said under the partnership, the County will be sending 25 students to Finland every year to study various courses. The Governor noted that initially, the University had offered to train County Staff but he preferred that youth in the County take advantage of the opportunity first.
“If it were not for Covid-19, we would now be preparing to send another 25 students. Even with this first group, they will have to start by doing online orientation as we await the resumption of flights for them to fly to Finland,” said the Governor.
He told the students that once they get to Finland, they should look for opportunities to better their lives including seeking employment. “If you find a good job there after you are done with your studies, why come back?. Continue there so long as you support your families back home,” added Tolgos.
MaxGlobal Group CEO Cornelius Kiplagat, who was instrumental in brokering the partnership between the County and Tampere University and City, noted that Elgeyo Marakwet was the first County in Kenya to send a cohort of students to Finland.
He noted that Finland has one of the best education systems in the World and even attracts students from superpowers like United States and the United Kingdom.
Kiplagat called on the students to strictly adhere to requirements of the University.
“I must warn you that you have to take your studies seriously. If you mess around, you will be discontinued and deported back home. Finland has strict systems and you should not disregard them,” he said.
Kiplagat, who hails from the County and lives in Finland, said he would be on hand to assist the students should they face any challenges. He however called on them to form a welfare group to look out after one another.
Present during the function were CECs Edwin Kisang (Education), Isaac Kamar (Finance), County Secretary Paul Chemmuttut, Municipality Manager Raymond Omonei and Legal Advisor Janet Jeruto.