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Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance and Mr. Takashi Suzuki, Director, SYLFF Programme during the meeting.

The University of Nairobi (UoN) was once again privileged to host a team from Tokyo Foundation which administers the Ryoichi Sasakawa Young Leaders Fellowship Fund (SYLFF Programme). Since the establishment of the Programme in the University in 1989, SYLFF has presented fellowships to nearly 150 outstanding postgraduate students drawn for the social sciences and humanities.

While receiving the visitors when they paid a courtesy call to the Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Peter Mbithi, Deputy Vice Chancellor, Administration and Finance thanked the Foundation for the support towards postgraduate students for close to twenty-four years.  He said that the programme was unique in its structure. He challenged the stakeholders to look at ways of improving on it and ensuring the programme’s objectives are realized.

On his part, Mr. Takashi Suzuki, Director, SYLFF Programme, said that Sasakawa was pleased with how the University management is utilizing the funds. Mr. Suzuki announced that the organization was looking at other opportunities for the scholarship beneficiaries including funding of upto $5,000 for postgraduate research. During the visit, the Tokyo Foundation team got an opportunity to interact with some of the students who have benefitted from the scholarships.

Present during the meeting was Prof. Eunice Mutitu, Director, Board of Postgraduate Studies (BPS), Prof.  Seth McLigeyo, Deputy Director, BPS and Mr. Michael Karue, Finance Officer.