European Union (EU) has awarded scholarships to 134 young Nigerians for various master’s degree programmes in universities across Europe under its Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees programme.
Erasmus, often described as a prestigious international study programme is part of the EU’s flagship educational and training programme, Erasmus+, which supports education, training, youth, and sport in Europe.
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The latest number of beneficiaries is the highest to receive the scholarship in a single year.
The first counsellor, deputy head of delegation, European Union Delegation to the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the Economic Community of West African States, Alexandre Borges Gomes, said for over 30 years, students and staff have moved between European universities in the Erasmus programme.
He said since 2016 Erasmus+ has allowed short-term mobility to Europe from ACP countries for students, researchers, and staff.
He noted that there is a distinct budget for different regions that are divided, however, $32.5 billion would be spent for the programme.
The envoy said with 134 students it is an achievement for Nigeria this year.
He said Nigeria is top from African and top six across the world for Erasmus students.
Gomes said the selection process is based on merit, adding that their applications were reviewed by panelists.
He said the programme allows students to study in foreign universities for 3-12 months and obtain credits which are then recognised at the sending institution as part of their degree.
Erasmus+ also supports innovation, cooperation and reform as well as the promotion of cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries.
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