When Kenyan university graduate Santana Muthoni decided to pursue a master’s degree, she had her eyes on far horizons. Muthoni, 24, accepted a scholarship to study China-Africa relations at Beijing’s elite Peking University.
The experience gave her a first-hand – although sometimes very unpleasant – experience of China, a country playing a growing role in the continent and the rest of the world as Beijing extends its economic and strategic reach.
Muthoni finished her master’s last year and has since moved back to Kenya, launching into a career in China-Africa relations and consulting for the numerous Chinese and African companies based in Nairobi.
Muthoni is one of thousands of students from less-developed countries along the routes of the Belt and Road Initiative flocking to China, lured by full scholarships, brighter career prospects and the chance to gain valuable insight into how Chinese businesses work. But along the way, many come up against cultural and social divides which show that Chinese society still has a way to go when it comes to welcoming other cultures.
CENTER FOR AFRICAN STUDIES
Center for Africa Studies (AFRAM) which located in Ankara, is an organization facilitating under the administration of African Affairs Council (AFAC). It makes various researches about Africa to enhance economic and cultural bounds between Africa and Turkey. AFRAM’s publishings has been shared with different institutions as they require to obtain.
Africa Observatory is one the publishing of AFRAM and it has been published each two weeks. It has been delivered to different institutions via e-mail.