Being A Student In Mauritania: 2016 vs 2017 – What Has Changed?
A lot of changes have occurred in the University of Mauritania in the past year. Many things that were not present in the year 2016 have now been added in this present year, 2017. Students in the country now have many more opportunities available to them, many of which have been a result of government changes to help improve educational provision.
AVAILABILITY OF MORE SCHOLARSHIPS
The government of Mauritania has made more scholarships available to students in order to increase the interest of the citizens in higher/tertiary education. The scholarships available are for Mauritanian students both home and abroad, and they cover subjects across different levels, from undergraduate scholarships, through postgraduate to PhD scholarships. All of these efforts have been made in an attempt to increase student involvement with education.
A few scholarships that are currently available include;
• Miles Morland Foundation Morland Writing Scholarships for African Writers, 2017
• Wenner-Gren Foundation Fully funded PhD Fellowships for African Students, 2017
• International Physician Scholarship in USA, 2017
INCLUSION OF MAURITANIA IN THE EUROPE-NORTH AFRICA HIGHER EDUCATION COOPERATION
Another notable change made by the government is the creation of the “Promotion of Higher Education, Research and Innovation to Achieve Social Stability and Economic Development” summit. The summit centred on improving the cooperation in science, technology, innovation and higher education. The students of Mauritania are now open to more job opportunities and better chances of facilitating economic growth.
The cooperation is made up of 10 member countries, five from Europe and five from North Africa and this current strategy is planned to last for two years from 2017 to 2018.
MORE SUPPORT FROM THE GOVERNMENT
The government of Mauritania has also partnered with various countries in sub-Saharan Africa to increase the educational standard for students in the country. In addition, various inter-university alliances have been established with countries such as Tunisia, Mali and Morocco to name a few in an attempt to improve both economic and educational growth. These changes have resulted in more opportunities being made available to national and international students.