Women for Africa and the University of La Rioja renew their collaboration for African women students’ scholarships

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Women for Africa and the University of La Rioja renew their collaboration for African women students’ scholarships

Friday, 7th October, 2016. María Teresa Fernández de la Vega and the president of La Rioja University (UR), Julio Rubio García, have renewed the collaboration agreement between the two entities to give scholarships to African women students for the courses in Spanish and the postgraduate programmes (master’s and doctorate) in the academic institution.

Before signing, the president of Women for Africa (MxA) and the rector of the UR held a meeting which was also attended by the vice-rector of Social Responsibility, Pilar Agustín, and the students currently with a scholarship. There was then a meeting about experience in cooperation for development.

The agreement signed today regulates the collaboration between Women for Africa and the University of La Rioja, which in the current academic year is offering four scholarships so that two African women students may study courses in Spanish language and culture for foreigners, and two others may do postgraduate studies (a master’s and a doctorate).

The University of La Rioja pays for the cost of registration, housing, upkeep and health insurance, while the Women for Africa Foundation is responsible for selecting the candidates and monitoring and evaluating the impact of the programme.

From 2013 to 2016, seven African women students took part in the Spanish language and culture courses thanks to scholarships from the Government of La Rioja and the UR, and others achieved a scholarship to study the Master’s in Chemistry and Biotechnology at the University of La Rioja.

In the 2016-2017 academic year, four African women students may benefit from this agreement; two to do courses in Spanish language and culture for foreigners, one to study a master’s, and another to do a doctorate.

The collaboration with the UR falls within MxA’s scholarship programme for African women students in Spanish universities, which another seven academic entities have joined. Thanks to this programme, about 15 young ladies from the neighbouring continent will be studying in Spanish classrooms over the academic year that has just begun. 

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