While participating in the 20th edition of the Technic-Scientific Journeys Conference hosted by FESA (Fundacao Eduardo dos Santos) in Luanda, Angola, two trustees of the Planet Earth Institute announced a new scholarship programme dedicated to providing funding to Angolan scholars.
The programme, named the Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship Programme is the latest in numerous such initiatives being offered by the institute. With the ambitious plan to provide 10,000 PhD scholarships over the next 10 years, the institute already launched a PhD programme in Mauritius, earlier this year.
The FESA conference focused on Angolan development issues and African politics and society. Planet Earth Institute trustee, Lord Paul Boateng, took the stage to offer his views on African integration, warning that Brexit “presents a cautionary tale”. He called for African governments and policy makers to consider their steps carefully when pursuing further integration. An African union, argued Boateng, must be based on African needs and wishes, not be a replica of a foreign model. He used his last moments on the podium to announce the Planet Earth Institute’s Angolan PhD programme, the Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship.
Lord Boateng’s remarks were followed by a presentation from Sir Christopher Edwards, another Planet Earth Institute trustee. He focused on the importance of providing higher education opportunities to young Africans, arguing that research and knowledge in the areas of agriculture, renewable energy, health and water will be essential to Africa’s future.
Edwards elaborated on the Planet Earth Institute’s PhD programmes, explaining the target of funding 10,000 PhDs in 10 years. He drew the audiences attention to the importance of science, engineering, mathematics and technology in developing a country and its economy. He argued persuasively for more investment in science education, as the surest way of securing Angola’s future.
The Eduardo dos Santos PhD Scholarship Programme will be launched by the Planet Earth Institute in the coming months.