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Thursday, 12 October, 2000, 03:00 GMT 04:00 UK
China expanding African education programmes

African students are to be offered a wider range of scholarships to study in China, and Beijing is also to expand its teaching programmes in Africa.

The plans were unveiled during the first China-Africa cooperation forum taking place in Beijing.

Delegates were told by the Chinese vice-minister of education, Wei Yu that many of the new scholarships would be aimed at students pursuing post-graduate courses. The conference heard that African students account for more than a fifth of all overseas students receiving Chinese government scholarships. And Chinese universities are being encouraged to forge closer links with African institutions.

Ten of them have already established relationships with twenty higher education establishments in sixteen African countries.

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