MAPUTO, Dec. 19 (Xinhua) -- The Mozambican ministry of education and the Chinese maker of phone-network equipment ZTE Corporation signed on Wednesday in Maputo an agreement for the funding of 50 scholarships for Mozambican students.
The program is expected to last for 5 years and will be facilitated by the Scholarship Institute from the Ministry of Education, the Mozambique News Agency AIM reported.
There will be 10 students benefiting from the scholarship every year until the 5th year when it will complete 50 beneficiaries. ZTE will disburse annually around 33,000 U.S. dollars.
The signed agreement with ZTE includes the construction of 45 centers of distance learning and training of education experts from the same centers.
The Education Minister, Augusto Jone, said that with the agreement it will be possible to improve the distance learning system of the country by introducing new technologies.
"With this agreement we will have the distance learning centers equipped with new technologies which will allow an effective exchange of information between different learning institutions," the minister said.
According to an official source from the education ministry, a group of 10 technicians from the education ministry and distance learning centers will go to the University of ZTE in Chinese city of Shenzhen in January next year.