President Rupiah Banda’s wife, Thandiwe , has launched a new post-graduate university scholarship programme which she says will benefit Zambian gifted students.
According to statement sent to the Watchdog by Charles Kachikoti who works at State House, Thandiwe launched what has been named ‘The Binary-First Lady of Zambia Scholarship Programme’at the Binary University College (BUC), in Malaysia.during her attendance at the inaugural First Ladies Summit 2010.
According to the Statement, the Binary-First Lady of Zambia Scholarship will allow 10 Zambian students every year to study for a Masters degree at BUC and will cover the costs of visa, registration, examination and tuition fees.
“Launching the scheme yesterday, the First Lady addressed an audience including Malaysia’s Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Senator Kohilan Pillay; Zambia’s Minister of Sport, Youth and Child Development, Kenneth Chipungu; Zambia’s High Commissioner to Malaysia His Excellency Anderson Chibwa; and Executive Chairman of Binary University College Dato Professor Joseph Adaikala. The proceedings were initiated by Chrispin Mwitila Shumina, First Secretary, Education and Consular, who has been behind the programme and who pledged special thanks to Dato Professor Joseph for helping bring the scholarships to fruition,” read the statement.
Thandiwe told her aduience that:“Zambia – like Malaysia – gives a very high priority to education as a foundation of a strong and successful nation. But Zambia is a ‘young’ country, some 65% of our population falls into the category of ‘youth’, and we need to train, educate and empower our young people to help Zambia develop to its full potential.
“This new scholarship marks a real milestone in entrepreneurship management training for young Zambians. Now some of Zambia’s top performing students will have an opportunity to study in a country renowned around the world for its commercial, technological and industrial progress.
“It will help Zambia realise its vision of becoming a regional hub for industry and technology in southern Africa. In launching the new scholarship I wish to express the sincere thanks of not just the students who will come to Malaysia to study but of all Zambians.”
Dato Professor Joseph Adaikalam, Executive Chairman of Binary University College, added: “BUC attracts students from more than 40 countries to become Industry Specialist Professional qualification programme graduates. Now Zambian students too will benefit from the industry-focused education that BUC offers, taking back to Zambia fresh knowledge and skills, as well as enhancing and strengthening Malaysian-Zambian relations among the young people of our two countries.”
The first intake of the Binary-First Lady of Zambia Scholarship will be in January 2011.