Cyprus University gives Zim students wings to fly

A total of 110 Zimbabwean students from 10 local high schools are set to depart for Cyprus in February as beneficiaries of scholarships offered by the North Cyprus based Near East University.

The scheme is being coordinated by local education consultancy, Eskard Consulting, which is involved in identifying and recruiting eligible candidates in Zimbabwe.

The students were identified by the agency from in and around Harare since September 2013 and will be enrolled for the February and September 2014 intakes.

A pre-departure briefing for students going for the February intake will be held in the capital tomorrow.

The students, according to Eskard Managing Director, Moses Arogo, have received 50 percent tuition scholarship spread over a period of four years.

NEU, with over 24, 000 students from 90 countries and 90 departments in 17 academic faculties, offers internationally recognised undergraduate and graduate programmes.

The programmes are approved and accredited by the Board of Higher Education and the Higher Education Planning, Evaluation, Accreditation and Coordination Council in Turkey.

To attract students from Zimbabwe and other African countries, the NEU initiated a generous scholarship programme which offers eligible students tuition scholarship of 50 – 100 percent. The normal prescribed tuition fees for most undergraduate programmes at NEU is Euro 5, 600 per annum.

In effect, most African students pay Euro 2, 800 per year for the entire period of their undergraduate programme if they are eligible for 50 percent tuition scholarship,” read a statement.

To qualify for scholarships, students would be required to sit for a scholarship examination organised by NEU bi-annually in Zimbabwe.

In 2013, a total of 88 students sat for the exams and the top three received 100 tuition scholarship while 15 received 75 tuition scholarship.

NEU is a full member of the International Association of Universities under UNESCO, the European Universities Association and Federation of the Universities of the Islamic World.

It was founded by Turkish Cypriot educationist and successful entrepreneur, Suat Gunsel in Nicosia in 1988.

In June 2013, Eskard signed an agency agreement with the university of the Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus to be the sole representative of the institution in Zimbabwe.

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  1. stanley Makuvaza

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