37 Malawi students benefit from Scottish grant scheme

About 37 Malawian students have been awarded scholarships to study at masters level starting in September this year with  £100,000 funding from Scotland Malawi Partnership (MSP) to support the students studying across six institutions in the country.

The scholarship programme was introduced last year to celebrate the bicentenary of the birth of Scottish explorer David Livingstone.

Yvone Kamanga: Awarded a scholarship to study for a MSc in Animal Science
Yvone Kamanga: Awarded a scholarship to study for a MSc in Animal Science

Humza Yousaf , Minister for External Affairs and International Development says in a statement that Livingstone Scholarships allow young, gifted and underprivileged Malawian students to study at masters level in Malawi, helping them and their country to reach their full potential.

“Following the outstanding success of last year’s programme, I’m delighted to announce this Scottish Government funded scheme will continue for a second year. The second cohort of 37 students shows great talent and commitment and I’m looking forward to hearing of their success,” he says.

Yousaf  says Scotland and Malawi have a strong relationship dating back to Dr David Livingstone, who these scholarships commemorate.

“We want to build on this history and partnership, and these scholarships are a great example of the work we can do together,” he says.

Malawi currently has the lowest university enrolment rate of just 0.05%.

Dr Fedelis Edge Kanyongolo, Law Lecturer at the University of Malawi, and representative of the Independent Selection Panel says the scholarship enables capable Malawians to realise their personal dreams and “to become better able to contribute to the development of the nation’s human capacity”

The scholarship programme is committed to gender balance with 51% of the scholarships being awarded to women.

A 21-year-old Yvonne Kamanga, who has been awarded a scholarship to study for a MSc in Animal Science says she will use the opportunity “to promote the active participation of young women leaders in Malawian agriculture and development.”

The Scotland Malawi Partnership is the umbrella organisation which exists to inspire the people and organisations of Scotland to be involved with Malawi in an informed, coordinated and effective way so that both nations benefit.

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