THE Turkish government has offered Zambia fully paid up scholarships to 20 Zambian students to study in different universities and colleges in that country.
Turkish deputy Ambassador to Zambia Veysel iNDi said the main objective of the programme was to enhance bilateral relations between Lusaka and Ankara.
Mr iNDi said his country was in the process of sending a third group of students to Turkey since the launch of the programme which it considered as part of its social responsibility.
The feilds of study open to the students include agriculture, finance, economics, African studies, medicine and marketing among others.
Mr iNDi said his government placed emphasis on education and that was why it embarked on the fully-funded Turkey scholarship programme.
“We are placing a special emphasis on education, in order to do so we have a programme called Turkey scholarships which is basically the Turkish government fully funded programmes which has been running for many years,” he said.
He said among the selected 20 students, eleven were going for first degree courses while nine were going for their masters’ programme
Mr iNDi explained that the Turkish government would cover all travel expenses to and from Turkey as well as accommodation, food and tuition.
He further explained that return air tickets would cost about US$3,000 per student for a four-year programme while US$15, 000 would be spent on accommodation per student.
“The government will be spending about US$70 to US$10, 000 per month for all expenses,” he said.
He said apart from fully funding the scholarships, students would be paid US$300 per month as pocket money throughout their studies.
Mr iNDi the Turkish government was likely to sponsor more than 20 Zambia students as demand dictated.
“What we are trying to achieve is select students with motivation and willing to study and with good grades throughout their school life,