The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Trade of Hungary, H.E. Péter Szijjártó has offered ten scholarship to the Government and People of Liberia through Liberia’s Foreign Minister Ambassador Dee-Maxwell Saah Kemayah, Sr., on the margins of the 2nd African Union-European Union Ministerial Meeting, held in Kigali, Rwanda from October 25—26, 2021.
Speaking during a brief ceremony in Kigali, Minister Szijjártó said he was delighted to signed the scholarship agreement with his counterpart from Liberia, noting that he expect to have ten students from Liberia on an annual basis to study in Hungary.
Liberia’s Foreign Ministry report that, Minister Szijjártó used the occasion to call on Minister Kemayah to assist in the recruitment procedure of the students, who will benefit from the scholarship, stating that he want Minister Kemayah to encourage Liberian students to seek for higher education in Hungary.
“Our Universities offer courses in both English and French to our foreign students, and I hope that many Liberian students take advantage of the scholarship”, he added.
Responding, Amb. Kemayah expressed thanks and appreciation to the government and people of Hungary for offering the annual scholarship to Liberia, asserting that capacity building is very key to Liberia’s development agenda.
“We are assured that this will go a long way in term of giving added push to our development drive, because through the scholarship they will study French and English in Hungarian Universities, for us in Liberia our official language is English, I know our students will be able to go through”, Minister Kemayah averred.
According to the agreement, the Hungarian government will provide the following to the Liberian scholarship holders, tuition-free courses, dormitory places on campus of the receiving higher-education institution or contribution to the accommodation costs as stipulated by the relevant legal regulations in effect at the time of the present MoU’s signing. Entitlement to health services and the option for additional health insurance covering services in a foreign language, use of free library services, monthly allowance in accordance with the prevailing legal regulations defining the amount of the scholarships for foreign students, in effect at the time of the signing of the scholarship contract.
According to the Foreign Ministry, the agreement further stated that the Scholarship Program is operated by the Tempus Public Foundation on behalf of the Hungarian Participant. Further information as regards the application and the scholarship (actual monthly allowance, accommodation, entitlement to health services) will be published in the given year’s call for application.
The Foreign Ministry of Liberia shall benefit three (3) slots of the ten (10) scholarship threshold in fields relevant to its ongoing institutional reform efforts and human development needs.
The Hungarian Participant offers at most 10 scholarships annually to the citizens of the Republic of Liberia for pursuing studies in Hungary either in Hungarian or in a foreign language, according to the following terms: at most 3 scholarships annually for undergraduate (BA/BSc) studies in any field of interest, including Agricultural Science, Arts and Humanities, Computer Science and Information Technology, Engineering Science, Electricity, Nursing, Dentistry, Teacher Training, Education, Geology, to at most 2 scholarships annually for full doctoral (PhD/DLA) studies in any field of interest”, the agreement stated.