The Malawi government has secured 20 scholarships for its youths to pursue various degree programmes in the United States of America.
The scholarships, courtesy of the US embassy in Malawi’s capital Lilongwe, will cover tuition and all other basic needs for the awardees, according to the embassy’s Charge d’ Affaires Lisa Vickers.
“Apart from studying, we hope the students will also have the opportunity of experiencing American culture,” said Vickers.
Of the 20 awardees, 11 are undegraduate students who will study at high profile liberal arts colleges in the US and four will leave under USAID’s Malawi Scholarship Program to study health related fields through exchange programmes.
According to the US embassy, each student has received about K180 million kwacha out of the K720 million kwacha meant for the entire four year study period.
Malawi’s access to tertially education is one of the lowest in Sub-Saharan Africa. The country has about four government owned universities which select less than 4 000 students every year.
Late President Bingu wa Mutharika, who died in office on April 5 2012, pledged that Malawi would build five more universities in a space of ten years.
Of the 5, the Malawi University of Science and Technology (MUST) in the southern region district of Thyolo is almost through and is expected to admit over 2 000 students.