More Africans to benefit from Chinese scholarships

The Chinese government will continue to provide scholarships to African students, a Chinese official has said. In an interview with African foreign correspondents in Beijing last week Cen Jianjun, director general of international cooperation and exchanges in the Ministry of Education, said multi-dimensional, multi-tier and inter-agency cooperation had been characterised by an ever-expanding student exchange programme, writes Paul Ntambara for The New Times.

By the end of 2013, there were more than 35,000 African students in China and most of them were beneficiaries of Chinese government scholarships. Overall Chinese government scholarships increased from about 10,000 in 2007 to about 33,000 in 2013. Of these, 7,300 have gone to African students accounting for about 22% of scholarships offered by the Chinese government.

"The number will continue to increase because these students go back to their countries and significantly contribute to the social, economic and political development of those countries," Cen Jianjun said.
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