The Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Education and Lifelong Learning Michael Russell on Monday said Scotland will from next year start providing scholarships to 50 Malawian students to study postgraduate courses in various fields locally.
The visiting top Scottish government official disclosed this after meeting President Joyce Banda at State House in Lilongwe where he said they also discussed cooperation in renewable energy and health areas.
â€œWe will start new David Livingstone postgraduate scholarships next year in honour of Dr. David Livingstone. The K50 million [about $166 666] scholarships will be given to 50 students to study masterâ€™s degree programmes at Malawian higher learning institutions,â€ said Russell.
On renewable energy, the Scottish secretary, who arrived in Malawi on Sunday and is expected to leave Saturday, said they discussed how Scotland can share its expertise in renewable energy such as wind power with Malawi.
â€œHealth is one of the issues that are linked to education. If more young girls complete education, you will also have improvements in health,â€ said Russell.
Russell is expected to visit some education and environmental projects on his week-long visit in the country.
Today, Russel is expected to attend the Joint Permanent Commission for Cooperation (JPCC) in Zomba to review and discuss ways of enhancing the Malawi-Scotland partnership.