LIMKOKWING University of Creative Technology has unveiled 40 scholarships in memory of the institution’s late founder, Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Paduka Dr Lim Kok Wing.
The scholarships were handed to acting Social Development Minister, Keketso Sello, on Wednesday. Mr Sello is standing in for ‘Matebatso Doti, who is currently unwell.
The scholarships are meant to commemorate the university’s inaugural Founder’s Day, in celebration of Dr Lim Kok Wing’s life. Dr Lim Kok Wing died in June this year aged 75. The Founder’s Day will be celebrated on 22 October annually, Dr Lim Kok Wing’s birthday.
The scholarships, which are for different programmes, will be given to the dependents of frontline health workers as well as underprivileged children.
Limkokwing University campus director, Advocate Tefo Macheli, told guests during the ceremony that the scholarships for children and dependents of frontline workers was meant to appreciate the front liners’ commitment to the Covid-19 fight.
“In commemorating his life, Limkokwing University is giving out annual frontline and healthcare scholarships to children of front liners across campuses in Asia, Africa and Europe to show appreciation for their unwavering dedication in the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic risking their lives for ours daily,” Adv Macheli said.
The beneficiaries will be fully sponsored for the tenure of their academic life. They will be chosen in collaboration with Social Development ministry.
“The university wishes to see more Basotho youths expanding the horizons of their academic journeys to boost Lesotho’s human capital. This is why we are awarding these scholarships to less privileged children during these difficult times of the Covid-19 pandemic.”
Registrar, Moroka Hoohlo, said Dr Lim Kok Wing will be remembered for his hard work and dedication to educating young minds and his spirit of giving back to the community and transforming the future of the world’s younger generations.
He said Dr Lim Kok Wing was viewed as a crusading education reformer who gained many recognitions for transforming education, nation building, innovation, creativity and philanthropy.
“Worldwide, his initiatives in building human capability and introducing transformational education have been recognised by the global community and world leaders,” he said.
On his part, Mr Sello applauded the university for the initiative.
“The ministry applauds Limkokwing University for this initiative and I hope that the beneficiaries will treasure this gift and take the opportunity for their own and their communities’ betterment,” Mr Sello said.