The signing ceremony, which was at the time hosted by The Technical University of Kenya Vice-Chancellor, Professor Francis W. O. Aduol, was graced by a host of Chinese education officials and representatives of Chinese enterprises in Africa. The cooperation agreement enumerates three key pillars of interest to the furtherance of TVET education, namely: Applied Talents Joint Teaching Programme; Capacity Building Programme for Administrators and Teachers; and Skills Training and Certification, in which both parties have obligations. The agreement is supplementary to an earlier Memorandum of Understanding for China — Africa TVET Cooperation Programme that took effect on 17th November 2021. The ATUPA-CEAIE agreement seeks to foster international partnerships that will bring onboard African universities and technical colleges, for the direct benefit of their respective faculties and students. To this end, young African students shall get exciting opportunities to not only study at diploma and undergraduate levels both in their home countries and in China, but also get employment in various Chinese enterprises operating across Africa. Furthermore, the agreement promises postgraduate study opportunities to African students with proven academic and professional track record. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the President of CEAIE, Dr. Limin Liu acknowledged the tremendous contributions that CEAIE had made in bridging the gap between Chinese institutions and the world in its forty-year history. Furthermore, China has top-notch cooperations, in which Africa is at the heart. While urging Africa to take full advantage of the existing TVET education opportunities, Dr. Liu acknowledged ATUPA as their most vital partner. He also paid homage to the Confucius institutes in Africa, terming them as paramount in the promotion of TVET initiatives. Dr. Liu’s sentiments were echoed by Prof. Aduol, who emphasised the friendship between the People’s Republic of China and The Technical University of Kenya, since the establishment of The Kenya Polytechnic University College in 2007. The Technical University of Kenya and the Technical University of Mombasa have a long history of good repute in the provision of technical education, and both play an active role as members of ATUPA, and support and compliment each other in the discharge of their mandates. Prof. Laila Abubakar, flanked by ATUPA Board members Madam Glory Mutungi and Mr. C T Akumu Owuor, reiterated the mandate and mission of ATUPA. She added that ATUPA’s membership of more than 200 institutions was a solid foundation for collaborations both internally and externally through joint TVET initiatives with stakeholders.