40,000 Peruvian Students To Receive Scholarships By 2016

LIMA, June 24 (BERNAMA-NNN-ANDINA) -- Peru's President Ollanta Humala has announced that the government-run scholarship programme for study abroad named "Beca 18" targets to reach 40,000 beneficiaries by 2016.

In an interview with the Spanish newspaper El Pais on Sunday, the Peruvian leader pointed out that to date, there are 14,000 fellowship beneficiaries, representing a considerable increase from the 300 students who have benefited from the State's scholarship before the starting of his administration in 2011.

Likewise, Humala noted that it has been broadened the range of low-income students who can study abroad as over three years ago, the 95 per cent of the beneficiaries just could study in Peru's top universities.

"This situation has changed drastically with Beca 18 under the current administration", Peruvian president was quoted as saying by the Spanish daily.

Humala hailed the programmes implemented by the government, as those for family care, and the health insurance law for all children in public schools.

Beca 18 is a social programme which funds under-graduate studies to low-income, high-achieving students from Peru in prestigious educational universities abroad.