Nairobi — President William Ruto on Sunday said Kenya will unveil 300 slots in its universities for Djibouti students at fees applicable to Kenyan students.
“I have informed the President that Kenya is extending an offer of 300 positions in our higher learning institutions to Djiboutian students, at the same fees applicable to Kenyan students,” he said in a joint press conference with his host Ismail Guelleh.
Ruto also agreed to the reciprocal recognition of certifications by higher education institutions of both nations.
“We have further agreed to expedite the negotiation of a framework that enables the reciprocal recognition of certificates issued by our respective institutions of higher learning.”
He added that Kenya will provide the required support to help integrate English into Djibouti’s curriculum.
Ruto noted the inclusion of French-speaking trainees from Djibouti will aid the Kenya Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions in improving the language skills of Kenyan graduates seeking employment overseas.
“Additionally, we engaged in discussions regarding support for English language training and its integration into Djibouti’s curricula. Kenya is fully prepared to provide support and necessary teachers to assist in this endeavor,” he added.
“Conversely, to enhance the language proficiency of Kenyan graduates who seek employment abroad, Kenyan Technical and Vocational Education Training institutions, as well as medical training colleges, will benefit from the inclusion of French language trainees from Djibouti.”
President Ruto was in Djibouti to participate in the 14th Ordinary Assembly of the Intergovernmental Authority on Development (IGAD).
In a statement released on Saturday, State House Press Office said Ruto will seek the strengthening and deepening the existing ties between Kenya and Djibouti.
The IGAD summit expected to take place on Monday will mark the first Heads of State gathering since 2019.
The Assembly will deliberate on matters pertaining to peace, security, and development in the region with primary focus on the situation in Sudan.
In addition to the IGAD member states, the African Union, diplomatic community members, and representatives from the United Nations and the European Union will also grace the event.
“The Assembly will provide an opportunity for IGAD member states to review the progress made in addressing these issues and to discuss new strategies for achieving sustainable development in the region,” IGAD said.
The discussions will also prioritize strengthening cooperation among member states, promoting regional integration, and fostering peace, stability, economic growth, and social development.
The summit is anticipated to culminate in a joint communiqué, outlining the outcomes of the deliberations and charting the way forward for the region.