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In step with its goal to achieve equity in education, Texila American University Zambia has awarded a 100% scholarship to Ms Precious Mukwela, who is pursuing her Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery (MBBS).
The student has received the grant as part of the Kenneth Kaunda Scholarship program the university launched this month.
Texila’s scholarship program is named after the first President of Zambia, Kenneth Kaunda, as a tribute to the former President, who hailed from a teaching family.
TAU Zambia Chief Executive Officer Mr Pankaj Maheshwari said the Kenneth Kaunda Scholarship program aims at supporting the educational dreams of deserving youngsters of the country.
He hailed the vision of the President and Founder of Texila American University Consortium Mr S P Saju Bhaskar, to make education accessible to all.
Since 2010, Texila American University has been offering rigorous programs, and cutting-edge research facilities across the continents, he said.
Our campuses are the driving force for innovation and discovery which serve local, national and global communities in many ways. Over the years, 10,000 students from across 90+ countries have enrolled in the various academic programs of Texila.
He said Texila is grateful to the support extended from the Ministry of Education and other government parastatals.
In his address, Minister of Education Mr Douglas M Syakalima said that the government has prioritised education as the means to achieve rapid social-economic development. Improving literacy levels among the people is cardinal if Zambia is to meet its development goals and aspirations, he said.
He said his ministry, therefore, embraces all efforts of improving opportunities for young Zambians to access quality education. “Our government looks at education as one of the key potential ingredients for job creation and economic development.”
This is why the Ministry welcomes Texila American University’s initiative to award a 100 per cent scholarship to one aspiring student who wishes to pursue medicine, the Minister said. “I am well aware that Texila endeavors to redefine and revolutionize international education by offering updated, modern and excellent training in areas of health sciences, business and it fields.”
He hailed this initiative as another remarkable corporate social responsibility of Texila American University.
He said he believed that this scholarship scheme will aim at strengthening higher education in the health sector, where we are still in need of more professionals. “It is with this in mind that I would like to congratulate Texila American University for offering this scholarship to the Grade 12 school leavers who qualify. Taking a page out of the history book, the Minister said that when Zambia’s first President Dr Kenneth Kaunda led the country to freedom in 1964, one challenge that the country faced at that time was inadequate human capital – Zambia only had 109 university graduates and less than 0.5 per cent of the population was estimated to have completed primary education.