This information was provided last Monday by the minister of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation, Maria do Rosário Sambo, during a meeting with deputies of the 3rd commission of the National Assembly that served to analyze the situation of external scholarship holders.
According to the minister, each month the National Institute for Scholarship Management (INAGBE) makes a financial plan before the following month and it includes the preparation of the transfer of monetary values to commercial banks, a process that only gets concluded after the beneficiary effectively receives the corresponding financial grant.
She went on to explain that the amounts for the months of January to April were all issued in national currency, with the values being deposited in the public Savings and Credit Bank (BPC) in charge of proceeding with the transfer in foreign currency to the scholarship holders abroad.
Cuba is the country that hosts the largest number of Angolan scholarship holders with 50%, followed by the Russian Federation with 21%, then Portugal with 9%.
Meanwhile, the minister of State for Social Affairs, Carolina Cerqueira, announced at the meeting that in the context of the Covid-19 pandemic, another 100 national students who have finished studies in the Russian Federation are expected to arrive in the country this Thursday (May 21), who will join a number of about 300 other scholarship students who returned to Angola last Sunday.