Dutch Embassy awards schorlaships

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The Dutch Foreign Affairs ministry, through its Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) has awarded scholarships to 42 Zimbabwean students.

Report by Cecilia Kamuputa

Out of the 42, three are going to take PhD studies, while 24 will be taking Masters Degrees, and 15 for short courses.

Speaking at a briefing for the prospective students held at the Royal Dutch Embassy in Harare recently, the new Netherlands Ambassador to Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi, Gera Sneller said she was pleased the Netherlands was playing a positive role in Zimbabwe’s educational sector.

“When I look at the studies that all of you are going to pursue, I can tell that you are people who are willing to go and learn so that you can come back and develop your country.” said the Ambassador.

“Looking at Zimbabwe’s youth, I can conclude that the country’s future is bright.”

The students will travel starting this week as the programme starst end of this month.

Some of the short courses will be held South Africa while the rest are travelling to the Netherlands.

Since the beginning of this year, 72 Zimbabweans have been awarded scholarships; with 28 students who attended short courses already back in the country and two Masters students finishing in 2015.

NFP covers the costs of the chosen course, subsistence allowance for students, including housing, personal allowance, study materials, thesis research, health insurance, visa and travel costs.

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