Dar es Salaam. France has set aside $10 million for African students scholarships, including Tanzanians.
In order to ensure there is proper coordination and broadened opportunities for Tanzanian students, France has opened the centre known as ‘Campus France’.
The centre will provide information on colleges, how to submit sponsorships and visa applications. Launching the centre yesterday, the France ambassador to Tanzania, Mr Frederick Clavier, said the latest decision would increase the number of African students studying in France to 500,000.
He said the country is also mobilising students from France to visit Tanzania in order to share higher learning education experience.
“Tanzania is among the countries of our strategic cooperation especially in the area of higher education. Therefore, the centre is an opportunity for increasing chances of students getting education there,” he said.
He said the government of France has set aside $10 million for provision of sponsorship to students from the continent.
For his part, the assistant director in the ministry of Education, Science and Technology responsible for higher education, Dr Keneth Hosea, said Tanzania will get more experts through the programme.
“They will benefit the country in developing agriculture, power generation and technology especially in implementing strategic projects including Stiegler’s Gorge Hydropower and Standard Gauge Railway (SGR) projects that are vital in helping the country reach the middle income economy,” he said.
He pleaded with the government of France to give sponsorship to short courses to enable local experts to develop academic and skills competence.