SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY LIST OUT FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

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SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY LIST OUT FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS
SCHOLARSHIP PRIORITY LIST OUT FOR SCHOOL LEAVERS

Africa-Press – Eswatini. High school leavers are advised that the Ministry of Labour and Social Security has issued a list of tertiary institutions and programmes of study that the Ministry will be funding during the coming academic year.

According to information sourced from the Ministry’s Facebook page, the priority list will run from 2023 until 2027 and both local and some international institution will be considered for sponsorship by the Ministry.

External Tertiary Institutions recognised by the Ministry are in countries such as Botswana, Lesotho, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and Kenya. School leavers who want to study in these countries are advised to apply for scholarships in May. Those who want to study in South Africa and Namibia are advised to apply in November and December. Those who want to study in local tertiary institutions are supposed to apply for scholarships between June and July.

The tertiary institutions where the Ministry will pay for students it will sponsor include University of Eswatini (UNESWA), Limkokwing University of Creative Technology (LUCT), Eswatini Medical Christian University (EMCU), Southern African Nazarene University (SANU), Eswatini College of Technology (ECOT), William Pitcher Teachers Training College, and Ngwane Teachers Training College.

Other tertiary institutions include Good Shepherd College of Nursing, Eswatini Medical Rescue College, Advanced School of Science and Technology (ASIT/ RSTP), Gwamile – VOCTIM (Vocational and Commercial Training Institute Matsapha), Botho University (Eswatini Campus only), and Institute of Development Management (IDM).

External tertiary institutions recognised by the Ministry include Nelson Mandela Metropolitan (Forestry), North West University, University of Johannesburg, University of KwaZulu Natal, University of Pretoria, University of Zululand, University of Witwatersrand, University of Botswana, and the National University of Lesotho.

Other external tertiary institutions include the University of Namibia, Namibia University of Science and Technology, University of Tanzania (Muhumbuli), University of Nairobi, University of Zimbabwe, Zimbabwe College of Forestry, and Botswana International University of Science Technology (BIUST).

According to the Ministry, Eswatini continued to face structural impediments that hindered economic growth and kept unemployment high, particularly among the youth. The elasticity of employment to growth appeared constrained by structural factors such as, among others, (i) large skill mismatches in the labour market, particularly for higher education skills leading to poor absorbtion into the labour market, low productivity and poor job creation opportunities (National Skills Audit 2022).

Reforms in the country’s skills development efforts could support increase in the elasticity of employment to economic growth, and addressing skill mismatches and human capital development could potentially improve long-term growth and employment dynamics. To this end the Ministry of Labour and Social Security, through the National Skills Audit 2022 has identified skills/ human development areas that the Government needed to focus on for economic growth hence the priority programmes below for 2023- 2027.

The areas of human resource skills development for the country are categorised into 11 disciplines:

The disciplines include Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) thematic areas which include: Natural Sciences, Engineering and Technology, Medical and Health Sciences, Agricultural Science, Economics and Business, Information Communication and Technology, STEM Education, Social Sciences, Tourism and Hospitality, Environmental Sciences and Manufacturing and General Industry.

Below are the programmes of study and the institutions to be sponsored by the Ministry:

UNIVERSITY OF ESWATINI (UNESWA)
AGRICULTURE

B.Sc. in Agricultural Economics & Agribusiness Management

B.Sc. in Agricultural Education

B.Sc. in Agricultural Extension

B.Sc. in Agronomy

B.Sc. in Animal Science

B.Sc. in Animal Science (Dairy)

B.Sc. in Horticulture

B.Sc. in Agricultural & Bio-systems Engineering

COMMERCE

Bachelor of Commerce

CONSUMER SCIENCES

B.Sc. in Food Science, Nutrition & Technology

B.Sc. in Consumer Science

B.Sc. in Consumer Science Education

B.Sc. in Textile and Apparel Design & Management

EDUCATION

Bachelor of Education Primary (Language Arts)

Bachelor of Education Primary (Social Studies)

Bachelor of Education Primary (Science) Bachelor of Education Secondary (Science)

Bachelor of Education Secondary (Business Education)

Bachelor of Education Secondary (Humanities)

HEALTH SCIENCES

Bachelor of Nursing Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Health & Food Science

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management & Occupational Safety & Health

Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management & Water Resources

HUMANITIES

Bachelor of Arts in Humanities

Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Mass Communication

SCIENCE & ENGINEERING

Bachelor of Engineering (Electrical & Electronic)

Bachelor of Science

Bachelor of Science in Information Technology

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science Education

Bachelor of Science in Information Science

Bachelor of Science in Geographic Information Science

SOCIAL SCIENCES

Bachelor of Arts in Social Science

Bachelor of Social Work

LIMKOKWING UNIVERSITY OF CREATIVE TECHNOLOGY

Associate Degree in Architecture

Associate Degree in Business Information Technology

Associate Degree in Business Management

Associate Degree in Creative Multimedia

Associate Degree in Event Management

Associate Degree in Graphic Design

Associate Degree in Hotel Management

Associate Degree in Information Technology

Associate Degree in International Tourism

Associate Degree in Journalism and Media

Associate Degree in Music Design

Associate Degree in Public Relations

Associate Degree in TV and Film Production

ESWATINI MEDICAL CHRISTIAN UNIVERSITY

Bachelor of Science in Computer Science

Bachelor of Science in Nursing Science

Bachelor in Psychology

Bachelor in Radiography

Bachelor in Pharmacy

Bachelor in Medical Laboratory

Bachelor in Social Work

SOUTHER AFRICAN NAZARENE UNIVERSITY

Diploma in Pharmacy

Primary Teacher Diploma

Bachelor in Medical Laboratory

Bachelor of Science in Nursing & Midwifery

Diploma in Entrepreneurial & Business Management

ESWATINI COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Automotive Engineering

Diploma in Architectural Technology

Diploma in Building Studies

Diploma in Commercial Teaching

Diploma in Computer Science

Diploma in Electrical Engineering

Diploma in Hospitality and Tourism Management

Diploma in Human Resource Management

Diploma in Mechanical Engineering

Diploma in Office Management

Diploma in Quantity Survey

Diploma in Automotive Engineering Heavy

Diploma in Civil Engineering

Secondary Teacher Diploma in Information Technology

WILLIAM PITCHER COLLEGE

Secondary Teacher Diploma

NGWANE TRAINING COLLEGE

Primary Teacher Diploma

GOOD SHEPHERD COLLEGE OF NURSING

Diploma in Nursing

Diploma in Occupational Safety and Health

Post- Diploma Certificate in Mid- Wifery

EMERGENCY MEDICAL RESCUE COLLEGE

Diploma in Emergency Medical Care & Rescue

BSc in Emergency Medical Care & Rescue

ADVANCED SCHOOL OF INFORMATION TECHNOLOGY (ASIT- RSTP)

Information Security & Ethical Hacking

Cyber Security & Network Forensic

Aptech Certified Network Specialist

Arena Animation International Program

Aptech Certified Computer Professional

Aptech Certified Network Specialist

GWAMILE – VOCTIM: (VOCATIONAL AND COMMERCIAL TRAINING INSTITUTE MATSAPHA)
AUTOMOTIVE ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Motor Vehicle Systems

Diploma in Vehicle Body Repairs

BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Bricklaying & Plastering

Diploma in Plumbing

COMMERCIAL DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Business and Finance Accounting

Diploma in Secretarial Studies

MACHANICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Mechanical and Manufacturing Engineering

ELECTRICAL ENGINEERING DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Electrical Installation

WOODWORK DEPARTMENT

Diploma in Carpentry & Joinery

BOTHO UNIVERSITY

BSc in Health Information Management

Bachelor of Commerce in Accounting

Bachelor of Business Administration in Business Management

BSc in Computing

BSc in Mobile Computing

BSc in Network Computingand Computer Forensics

INSTITUTE OF DEVELOPMENT MANAGEMENT (IDM)

Bachelor of Arts in Human Resource Management Diploma in Procurement and Supply

Below is the priority list of programmes of study for those who want to study outside the country:
FIELD OF NATURAL SCIENCES

• Biochemistry
• Marine science
• Human Genetics/ Microbiology
• Geology/ Environmental Geology
• Meteorology, Aviation studies
• Biotechnology
• Metallurgy
• Neuroscience

FIELD OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES

• Permaculture, Sericulture
• Forest, wood science and natural resource management
• Wildlife Production and Management
• Genetic Engineers/ Marine biologist
• Veterinary Science

FIELD OF MEDICAL & HEALTH SCIENCES

• Physio/occupational therapy, Chiropractic
• Medical Doctor (MBcHB)
• Nuclear medicine & radiation science
• Clinical health and clinical psychology
• Prosthetics/Orthotics, Podiatry
• Dentistry & Oral hygiene
• Bio-kinetics
• Optometry/ Ophthalmology

FIELD OF ENGINEERING & TECHNOLOGY

• Mining Engineering, air-conditioning
• Structural engineering
• Automation engineering
• Rigging
• 3-D Printing Technologists
• Sustainable Energy Technology
•Petroleum Engineering
• Refrigeration engineering
• Industrial Engineering
• Materials Sciences/Engineering
• Space-based Technologies
• Chemical engineering

FIELD OF ECONOMICS & BUSINESS

• Data Science
• Actuarial Science/ Financial Mathematics/ Business Science
• Business analytics/ Business informatics
Investment management
• Property studies
Insurance and Risk Management

FIELD OF INFORMATION, COMMUNICATION TECHNOLOGY

Cloud Computing
Robotics and Artificial Intelligence
Smart Technologies

FIELD OF EDUCATION

Special Needs Education
Education Specialist in teaching and learning (online)
Sports Development and Management
Vocational Education
Audiology
Speech, language and pathology

FIELD OF HUMANITIES, TOURISM & ARTS

Handicraft computer assisted manufacturing and graphic design
Sound engineering

FIELD OF ENVIRONMENTAL SCIENCE
Energy engineering/Energy Systems engineering
Strata control
Natural Resources Conservation and Management
Energy Distribution and Storage Management
Renewable energy
Mine planning, ventilation and surveying
Earth Science

FIELD OF MANUFACTURING

Industrial automation, CNC Machinist/ Technologists/ operators
Plant operators- crane operators, painters, roof tilers,
Milling/millwright, fitters
Plant mechanics

An emphasis on research and development and the skills to build resilient, effective, innovative, and solutions-centered research centers in Eswatini is important. Special emphasis is placed on researchers in cross-disciplines: people with exposure

to world-class research centers, systems, and processes, who have developed capacity towards implementation and management of such programs in the kingdom. Expansion of training support beyond traditional tertiary and vocational institutions with thorough vetting to reach a wider base of the underserved and uneducated population.

Economic Focus Areas informing Selections:
Agriculture: Solving the food security issue is paramount to a civilization’s survival, emergence, and growth. To that end, priority must be given to building sustainable and adequate food production. Israel presents a case study for high productivity in resource-limited settings and a trajectory for becoming an agricultural exporter.

ICT: This sector presents the single largest growth opportunity for Eswatini for increased productivity, innovation, and job creation. The world is rapidly moving towards smart technologies and building capacity to create relevant and marketable tech is essential. A focus on smart tech, data science, automation, advanced robotics, and the IoT will serve us well. Training in this sector can lead to rapid ROI and absorption of the unemployed into the job market.

Energy: We must invest in building systems to increase energy generation, efficiency in use and distribution, storage, and research and development. Energy can be a limiter to growth if not addressed.

Education: The need to spur reform in this sector can not be overstated. Ensuring the right and market-applicable skills and knowledge are being imparted to the right people is of huge importance to preventing a skills gap. Investments in blended learning and novel instructional solutions will yield tremendous dividends.

Manufacturing & Industry: Value-added goods and services using readily available raw materials and a focus on R&D on unexplored indigenous resources and their potential applications.

Entrepreneurship & Services: For this sector to function in assembling all these elements to create value, enhance living, and generate productivity, the type of entrepreneurship must be impact-driven and results-based.

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