World Bank to provide $131 million to Togo and four others to boost higher education and accelerate economic growth

Economic governance
Wednesday, 27 November 2019 15:27
World Bank to provide $131 million to Togo and four others to boost higher education and accelerate economic growth

(Togo First) - The World Bank will disburse an additional $131 million for Togo, Benin, Gambia, Niger, and Nigeria to improve the quality of their higher education and accelerate economic growth.

The facility was approved in the framework of the second project for African Centers of Excellence in the aforementioned countries. The funds will be provided through the International Development Association (IDA) as loans and subsidies. These will enable beneficiaries "boost the quality of training and applied research in key areas like science, technology, engineering, maths, health, and agriculture," reads a statement from the institution.

"The project will grant scholarships to Ph.D. students to reinforce institutional capacities, improve the quality and quantity of academic equipment, as well as academic capacity in benefiting universities."

It (the project) will also help consolidate activities of existing centres, by giving them a means to improve the quality of post-college education (Ph.D., Masters), short professional courses and collaborative applied research.

Séna Akoda

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