Malawi will get 20 university scholarships from the government of Swaziland to study at the newly established SADC University of Transformation.
Swaziland’s King Mswati III made the announcement Tuesday afternoon when he made his acceptance speech as the new chairperson of the 15 member regional bloc.
He said as part of promoting regional integration and enhancing skill development in the region, Swaziland will lead efforts to establish the university that will be enrolling students from all 15 SADC Member States with 300 scholarships initially available to all countries with each getting 20 spaces.
“The Kingdom of Swaziland will provide 20 scholarships per country to all Member States as the first crop of this university that will be operational within 12 months.
“We need to develop the capabilities of our youths in various skills that will enhance trade and regional integration,” said Mswati.
Mswati who took over the Chairmanship from Botswana’s President Seretse Ian Khama said his tenure will focus on making SADC the preferred investment destination and making the lives of its citizens better.
Responding to the establishment of the university and offer of scholarships, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Francis Kasaila said Malawi welcomes the development and will make sure it grabs the opportunity with both hands.
He said the plan to educate the SADC youths sits well and is in line with the development plans being implemented by the government of President Prof. Arthur Peter Mutharika in Malawi.
Kasaila further promised that when the time comes, government will make sure the process of selecting the scholarship beneficiaries is fair and transparent.