Two African researchers awarded scholarships by the University of Malaga in collaboration with MxA

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Two African researchers awarded scholarships by the University of Malaga in collaboration with MxA

Tuesday, 21st February, 2017. This academic year, the University of Malaga (UMA) has joined the scholarship programme for African women students fostered by the Women for Africa Foundation (Mujeres por África) in collaboration with Spanish universities. The first two beneficiaries of these scholarships in the UMA are the Tunisian Mariem Bradai and the South African Lerato Machogo, who are spending pre-doctoral research periods in the university’s Faculty of Sciences.

Professor Miguel Ángel Botella at the Department of Molecular Biology will be supervising the work of Mariem Bradai, who will be doing research into the genes of wheat varieties that are endogenous to Tunisia in order to strengthen their tolerance to adverse conditions and make them more resistant to drought.

The work by Lerato Machogo will be supervised by Professor Pedro Maireles from the Department of Inorganic Chemistry, Crystallography and Mineralogy. The South African is working on the catalytic transformation of chemical compounds by using catalysts based on noble metals (gold and platinum) that abound in her country of origin.

The agreement between the University of Malaga and the Women for Africa Foundation is managed by the Vice Rectorate for Internationalisation and the Rector’s Delegation for Equality and Social Action.

One of the defining elements in all of Women for Africa’s projects is knowledge transfer; an essential factor for progress on a global level. This is why it is important to promote and consolidate the presence of African women in the sphere of university education, which deals with knowledge at the highest level. 

In line with its mission to contribute to development in Africa through its women, MxA has launched a scholarship programme for African women students and researchers in Spanish universities. It aims precisely to foster knowledge transfer and skills training for young ladies from that continent. After finishing their studies in our country, they return to their places of origin to the benefit of their communities, thus contributing to the advancement of African societies.

The foundation collaborates through this programme with Spanish universities to accompany and support African women, offering them the chance to enrich their higher education and complement their skills in Spanish academic institutions of recognised prestige.

At the moment, a total of seven universities are taking part in the scholarship programme: the University of Malaga, the University of La Rioja, the Complutense University in Madrid, the Carlos III University in Madrid, the University of Alcalá de Henares in Madrid, the University of Granada and the University of La Laguna.

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