The MasterCard Foundation seeks to increase the number of scholarship offers to Ugandan students in the planned intake for 2018 to 40 Post-graduate entries and 35 Undergraduate entries.
Currently the number of Ugandan students enrolled in the University of Pretoria under the MasterCard Foundation on a full scholarship Programme is 10.
7 students are in the Post-graduate Programme and 3 in the Under-graduate Programme.
The programs that are included in the offer are specifically in the areas of Economics and Management Sciences, healing Engineering, Natural and Agricultural Sciences.
Officials of Uganda High Commission Pretoria, led by Charge D’Affaires Julius Kivuna on May 23rd met with officials from the University of Pretoria in charge of The MasterCard Foundation Scholars Program (MCFSP) to discuss the initiative.
The Foundation targets academically qualified, yet economically disadvantaged young people in South Africa, the SADC region and the rest of Africa, with the potential to contribute to the transformation of the continent.
Asanda Vumazonke, the MasterCard Foundation recruitment officer, informed the officials that the Institution was encouraged by the positive turn-out, though low numbers have been recorded since 2014.
She added that “Community service is a necessary component of the Program with all students giving back to disadvantaged communities.”
Vumazonke also told the Commission officials that in order to achieve this target of the increased number of student’s enrolment; Officers from the University of Pretoria will visit Uganda between June 4th and 10th, 2017.
This visit, she said, is aimed at sensitizing the Ugandan public of these opportunities.
The identified scholars, Vumazonke explained, “need to demonstrate a commitment to making a difference in their communities, having faced significant barriers to accessing and completing quality tertiary education.”