Egypt has offered scholarships to 15 Malawian students to study in different fields at a number of universities in the North African nation.
Said the diplomat: “Egypt is trying to cooperate with Malawi in all fields, mainly education, that is why we have given out these scholarships. Next year, we will increase the number as 25 scholars will receive the scholarships.
“We sent a request to the Ministry of Education [Science and Technology] as well as Ministry of Foreign Affairs [and Internal Security] specifying the requirements that students need to meet to qualify for the scholarships.”
He said the students will study in the fields of agriculture, medicine and accounting, among others.
Deputy Minister of Education, Science and Technology Vincent Ghambi hailed Egypt for helping Malawi realise its dream of promoting education.
He said: “We are always thankful to the government of Egypt for helping Malawi in the field of education as this is not the first time we are benefiting from their expertise. They [Egypt] are also our key partners in the areas of capacity building where a number of Malawians continue going to Egypt for training, especially in the fields of agriculture and health.”
One of the scholarship beneficiaries, 15-year-old Jameel Ismail from Blantyre, asked the Egyptian government to continue with the programme as it mainly benefits the country.
“I choose to look at the bigger picture where our country is set to benefit more from the expertise we will bring back home once we are done with our studies. Our country will change and develop because we will work for it,” said the former Bedir High School student who will study accounting at the University of Al Azhar in Cairo.