UPCT and Women for Africa offer scholarships and online teaching to young African ladies

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UPCT and Women for Africa offer scholarships and online teaching to young African ladies

Friday, 21st October, 2016. The president of the Polytechnic University of Cartagena (UPCT), Alejandro Díaz, and our president, María Teresa Fernández de la Vega, today formalised a framework agreement that will enable cooperation between the two institutions in the field of university education and research, in an aim to help development in Africa, especially for women on the continent. Among the activities they wish to launch soon, there has been talk about online education and scholarships for African women students.

The UPCT thus joins the list of Spanish universities with whom we have collaboration agreements and which have enabled study scholarships to be funded over the last two years for fifteen African women.

Fernández de la Vega highlighted the relevance of the agreement for knowledge transfer with the University of Cartagena: “African women make the most of these opportunities; they are brave, committed and they contribute to their countries by improving life for their nations and their families. It is not just a question of social justice, but also practical; if Africa does well, Spain will do well.”

In a press conference, the president of the foundation referred to the situation of women in Africa and Europe, concluding that “whereas on that continent there is a lot to do despite much progress having been made, I believe that in Europe we have taken a step backwards in equality and rights. The economic crisis has worsened the situation of the most vulnerable social groups.”

After signing the collaboration agreement in the rectorate at the UPCT, Fernández de la Vega toured different facilities of the UPCT and gave a closing talk to the Agricultural Engineering School for the work meeting of the ACADIA programme, entitled “The Queens of Africa”.

 

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