Egypt has through its Embassy in Malawi awarded Academic Scholarships to 15 students who are expected to study various undergraduate degree programmes in different Egyptian Universities.
Handing over the scholarships to the 12 boys and three girls, Egyptian Ambassador to Malawi, Maher El-Adawy said the scholarships were yet another sign of the brotherly partnerships between the two countries, which would continue in the coming months and years.
“Apart from these 15 scholarships, we also have 25 lined for next year from which we want Malawi to benefit,” the ambassador further advised the scholarship beneficiaries to represent Malawi as young ambassadors to Egypt.
Asked on the selection criteria, the Ambassador explained that forms were sent to various schools and selection was based on progression performance and discipline.
In his appreciative remarks, Deputy Minister of Education Science and Technology, Vincent Ghambi expressed hope that the students, through the scholarships, would be equipped with the necessary skills that would help to contribute to Malawi’s development.
“This is not the first time Egypt has supported Malawi; it has supported us in more sectors than just the academic,” acknowledged Ghambi further adding that the Egyptians had also assisted in the countries agriculture and health sectors.
He also pointed out that Egypt’s gesture resonated with Government’s policy on broadened access to quality higher education.
To the students, the Deputy Education Minister advised that they behave the positively Malawian way knowing that they would be carrying the country’s flag.
He also advised them to exercise humility and respect people of other cultural traditions than theirs.
Among the programmes to be studied are Accounting, Agriculture and Medicine according to El-Adawy who further disclosed that some students would decide on their programme of specialization after their first year.