The Zambia Higher Education and Scholarship Board (HELSB) has bid farewell to 158 Zambians awarded scholarships from Russia, Tunisia and Egypt .

Speaking during a press briefing at Mulungushi International Conference Centre yesterday, Director of Higher Education Loans and Scholarships Board Ireen Chirwa advised the prospective students to behave accordingly.

“We expect nothing but exemplary behaviour, on your part and ensure that you lead lives befitting a Zambian Ambassador in terms of your conduct whilst in host countries,” Mrs. Chirwa said.

She also advised the students to work hard and excel in their studies.

“You have been given a rare opportunity to go and study at some of the best Universities in the world; make it count,’’ she said.

Mrs Chirwa explained that the scholarships that were given out were both undergraduate and master’s level in key fields relevant to Zambia’s development.

She has called on all recepients of the scholarships to bond together as Zambians and wishes them God’s travelling mercies.

The scholarships were divided among Russia, Tunisia and Egypt, where 138 students were given Russian scholarships, 15 Tunisia and 5 Egypt for the 2019/2020 academic year.

The Russian Federation has one of the highest tertiary attainment rates across Ecnonomic Cooperation and Development (OECD) countries, at 63% of 25-34 year-olds compared with the OECD average of 44%.

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