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Ashinaga Africa Initiative 2020

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Ashinaga is a Japan-based non-profit organization, which provides educational and emotional support to orphaned students. The organization has supported over 100,000 orphans in the last 54 years, and many of its graduates are actively contributing to society in a variety of fields across the world.

The Ashinaga Africa Initiative began in 2014. Its mission is to contribute to Sub-Saharan Africa’s expanding role in global development through increasing access to higher education abroad. The Initiative supports orphaned students committed to returning home and initiating change. Students access full financial support to study at university abroad (equivalent to undergraduate degree), including tuition, room, travel cost and other necessary fees.

Requirements

The application is open to those who:

  1. Have lost one or both parents.
  2. Have completed secondary school and passed national secondary school examination (technical and vocational degrees not accepted) within the last two years (any date after 1st September 2017, including all of 2018 and 2019) or will have completed secondary school and received final exam results before February 28th, 2020.
  3. Have citizenship and have completed/are completing secondary school in one of the following countries: Benin, Botswana, Burkina Faso, Burundi, CAR,Cameroon, Chad, Comoros, Côte d’Ivoire, Djibouti, DRC, Ethiopia, Eritrea, Gabon, Ghana, Guinea Conakry, Kenya, Kingdom of eSwatini, Lesotho, Liberia, Madagascar, Malawi, Mali, Mauritania, Mauritius, Namibia, Niger, Nigeria, Republic of Congo, Rwanda, Sénégal, Sierra Leone, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan, Seychelles, Tanzania, The Gambia, Togo, Uganda, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
  4. Were born after 1st September 1997.
  5. Do not have the means to attend university until graduation without external financial support.
  6. Are proficient in English or French.
  7. Are regularly ranked in the top 10% of their class during their last 2 or 3 years of secondary school.
  8. Are able to participate in the two Ashinaga preparatory programs, over the course of one year, before attending university.
  9. Are committed to return home, or to Sub-Saharan Africa, and contribute to society in Sub-Saharan Africa after graduating from university.
  10. Have no dependents who could interfere with academic progress.
  11. Have a good enough health condition to be able to study abroad.

Required Documents for the Application

This is a list of the documents you will need to submit as part of your application. You should start collecting these documents as soon as possible.

  1. Copy of national ID card or passport.
  2. Copy of term reports / high school transcripts (the last 2 years).
  3. Copy of final Secondary School Examination Certificate
  4. Copy of academic transcripts or diplomas from university/post-secondary institution, if applicable.
  5. Copy of death certificate of deceased parent(s), including the deceased parent’s name, or alternative official documentation proving death of parent(s) or orphan status.
  6. Copy of birth certificate of applicant.

Apply Here

Visit Ashinaga official website for more information

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5 affordable abroad study destinations to consider

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If you wish to pursue your education abroad, it is important to consider budget for tuition costs, costs of living and all associated expenses. If you’re on a budget, countries with high living costs should not be considered even if the tuition costs of schools are low. 

Here are 5 suitable countries to consider for individuals interested in obtaining good degrees in foreign schools while on a budget.

Malaysia

According to Vanguard News, about 13000 Nigerian students study in Malaysian universities.  It’s a study destination for Nigerians due to its low cost of living, relatively low tuition fees and global recognition of academic qualification. There is also the occasional scholarship to international students.

Tuition fees will probably set you back anywhere between 3500 Euros to 5000 Euros per year. Costs of living will most likely be anywhere between 350 Euros to 500 Euros per month.

Hungary

Hungary according to a UNESCO survey is gradually becoming a destination country for foreign education. Three quarters of  international students in Hungary come from just ten countries. Nigeria is among these ten countries. 

International students will have to pay tuition fees which usually range between 1000-3000 Euros every academic year. Also, they may need to pay registration fees which range between 40-700 Euros depending on the course chosen by a student. Cost of living in Hungary is approximately 450-500 Euros per month.

Germany

The country’s higher education system has a strong reputation and, most importantly, tuition is FREE of charge generally for many undergrad and Masters courses. 

All you have to pay is a fee of around €100 (£75) to €250 (£185) per semester, which covers administration costs as well as the work of the student union.

Life in Germany is relatively cheap compared to other countries, too. The German Academic Exchange Service recommends a monthly budget of around €800 (£595) to cover expenses, which is enough to enjoy your stay without having to pinch pennies.

Portugal

Portugal has many beautiful and interesting features that make international students simply fall in love with this country once they come here for their study experience. For one thing, you enjoy amazing weather, beautiful beaches and landscapes, lovely cuisine and fine wines.

Secondly, Portugal is one of the cheapest countries in Europe, with low living costs, and Portuguese universities offer numerous quality study programmes while charging affordable tuition fees.

Tuition fees for bachelor’s and master’s degrees average around 950-1,250 Euros per year. Cost of living is approximately 800 Euros although this can vary depending on lifestyle.

 

Luxembourg

Although it is one of the tiniest countries in the world, Luxembourg offers a splendidly cosmopolitan environment and a home to plenty of top-ranked universities.

Luxembourg is also one of the safest nations in the world; and, due to its multiculturalism, any foreign student can easily adapt to the vibrant and lively atmosphere of Luxembourg.

Tuition fees will depend on what type of course you choose to study and at what level. On average, you should expect to pay between €400 and €800 per year. For business-related studies, tuition fees are around €4,000-€5,000 per year. Cost of living is approximately 300-450 Euros.

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AgriLab Ideation Workshop & Incubation for Young Nigerian Startups

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Ventures Platform, an Abuja based Nigerian technology hub has partnered with the Embassy of Ireland to bring Agrilab program to Nigeria.  

AgriLab aims to enable young Nigerians to turn their startup ideas into full-fledged business models ready for investment.

AgriLab focuses on the agritech sector, an area where Ireland is a world leader and in which Nigeria needs to develop in order to diversify its economy and meet the demands of a fast growing population.

Eligibility and Selection Criteria

  • You are a Nigerian with a business idea in the agritech space that clearly identifies the problem it solves.
  • You have a sustainable and scalable business model.
  • You are resident in Nigeria
  • You are between the ages of 18 – 35
  • You are available to participate in the entire program if selected
  • You are able to travel to Ireland for a business visit as part of this program
  • You have a valid International Passport for the duration of the trip.
  • Team Capabilities
  • Agribusiness is Tech-enabled
  • A completed application form

Benefits:

3-Day Ideation Workshop and Bootcamp

Selected startups get to learn the requisite knowledge needed to be accepted into the Incubation Program.

Incubation

Participants will be exposed to workshops, mentorship and office spaces.

Seed Capital

Participants get to receive $2,000 in seed capital.

A Trip to Ireland

The winning team will receive an all-expense paid trip to Ireland to meet and network with potential business partners and state agencies.

Apply Here

Application deadline – 18th December 2019

For more information, visit http://agrilab.venturesplatform.com/

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