Over 3000 university graduates around the world competed for a placement at a scholarship program promoted by the Brazilian government earlier this year.
This is the first edition of Brazil’s international cooperation program of universities and comprised 524 higher education scholarships including PhDs, Masters, and other post-graduation degrees.
Mozambique was the top country in the very competitive process of qualifying students and researchers to participate in the program with 212 successful applicants.
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In a ceremony held last week in the capital Maputo, Mozambique’s Minister of Science, Technology and Higher Education, Daniel Nivagara, and Brazil’s ambassador to Mozambique, Ademar Seabra gather with the successful applicants to congratulate and bid farewell to the students, now on their way to Brazil.
Speaking at the event, Minister Nivagara highlighted that “The fact that Mozambique accounted for 36% of the qualifying students is a statement to our commitment to further education opportunities with our international partners.
Ambassador Seabra stated his appreciation as “Every single Mozambican student qualified for the program, did so on its own merit, going through a rigorous and very competitive process.
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Brazil and Mozambique have traditional cultural ties and there is a sense of growing cooperation as Brazil gears towards a more proactive presence in Africa.