Media Statement

19 May 2016

Third Round of South African students receive scholarships from Sweden

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation hosted South African students today, who were selected for the third round of the Swedish post-graduate scholarship programme.

The students will be travelling to Sweden to commence their studies in August 2016. These young students from across South Africa will pursue their Masters Studies in a wide range of fields, including Entrepreneurship, Economics, Law, International Health, Bioinformatics and Engineering.

This programme, at the initiative of DIRCO in collaboration with the Government of Sweden, offers ten scholarships per annum and will be funded by the Swedish Institute. At the 9th Session of the South Africa – Sweden Binational Commission in October 2015 in Stockholm, South Africa and Sweden agreed to extend the scholarship programme for a further three (3) years. This, is in recognition of the centrality of education and skills development for the economic development in South Africa. The Bi-National Commission is co-chaired by South Africa’s Deputy President and Sweden’s Deputy Prime Minister and takes place on a biennial basis.

Bilateral relations between South Africa and Sweden are excellent and have a strong historical basis with Sweden having supported South Africa’s struggle for Freedom and Democracy. Present day relations cover a number of partnerships in various areas such as water resource management, science & technology cooperation, environmental protection and climate change, renewable energy and arts & culture.

Enquiries: Mr Clayson Monyela, Spokesperson for DIRCO, 082 884 5974


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