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CAIRO – 20 February 2020: Egypt’s Helwan University announced Friday allocating 40 scholarships in various specializations at the undergraduate and graduate levels for the year 2020/2021 to students from Africa, Asia, and Latin America.
Head of Helwan University Majed Najm announced that these scholarships aim to support existing cooperation and historical ties with the countries of Africa, Asia and Latin America as well as pave the way for new opportunities of cooperation.
In February 2019, Egypt's Al-Azhar announced raising the number of educational programs and scholarships granted to African students by 100 percent.
For more than 1,000 years, Al-Azhar has been one of Egypt’s main Soft powers. Students from all over the world and especially from Africa flock annually as they receive different scholarships in all of Al-Azhar’s faculties and institutes, according to Grand Imam of Al-Azhar Ahmed el-Tayyeb.
Up to 32,000 students come to Al-Azhar every year from 113 different countries; around 4,000 of the students come per full scholarships. According to recent statistics mentioned, Al-Azhar welcomes 6,108 students from the MENA region, 16,384 students from Asia, 405 students from America and Australia and 4,748 students from Africa.
Branches of the World Association for Al-Azhar Graduates will be established in several African countries, especially those suffering from terrorism, according to Tayyeb. He explained that these branches will be offering educational, cultural and social services to Al-Azhar graduates, who are seen as Al-Azhar's ambassadors in their countries.