The Delegation of the European Union to Nepal announced it had awarded 60 scholarships to Nepalese students this year, which is higher than the previous year when 49 students were awarded such a scholarship.
Through a statement issued on August 8, the EU delegation affirmed that these students were awarded full scholarships for the period 2022-2024 and will spend two years full-time in prestigious European Universities to pursue Master’s in several different fields, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports .
“Some of the fields of studies for which the students have been awarded are soils and global change, flood risk management, urban climate and sustainability, forestry and natural resources management, media and communication, and vaccinology education,” the statement reads.
According to the delegation, the countries in South Asia are ranked high in terms of the high number of scholarships received per year. Meanwhile, compared to the number of Erasmus scholarships awarded in the region, Nepal ranks fourth in South Asia and is among the top 20 in all regions.
In addition, in partnership with European Universities, Nepal’s Higher Education Institutions are implementing 14 projects for capacity building in higher education. Tribhuvan University, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, and Mid-Western University are some Nepalese partners working in the field of engineering, sustainable tourism, smart agriculture, and more.
In this regard, the EU Ambassador in Nepal, HE Nona Deprez, expressed her happiness that the number of Nepali students who win the Erasmus Scholarship is increasing yearly.
“We hope that these scholarships will help these students to further excel and that they will return to Nepal with enhanced skills and knowledge useful for the country and themselves, as well as with fond memories of Europe.” she also noted.
So far, more than 800 Nepalese students have benefited from the EU Erasmus+ Scholarship Program. At the same time, Erasmus+ scholarships also provide opportunities for Europeans to undertake short-term study and teaching at various universities across Nepal.
The EU is the largest educational donor in the world with its Erasmus+ program, the budget of which for the period 2021-2027 is €26.2 billion. This is almost double the funding compared to its predecessor program (2014-2020).
As for 2021-2027, the program strongly focuses on social inclusion, the green and digital transition, and promoting youth participation in democratic life.
Previously, some 161 Indian students, 88 of them women, were awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships for degree programs starting from the academic year 2022-23, as India ranked first for the second consecutive year among 167 countries, with the largest number of students benefiting from this scholarship.
Moreover, students who have been awarded the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarship funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ program have the opportunity to travel across Europe to continue their higher studies.