Kathmandu: The Delegation of the European Union to Nepal together with the Erasmus Mundus Association Nepal organized a Virtual Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for the new scholarship recipients of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) batch 2021-2023 on July 20.
Altogether 49 Nepali students have been awarded full scholarships for the period 2021-2023 and they will spend 2 years full-time in prestigious European Universities to pursue their Master’s Degrees in various fields, Delegation of the European Union to Nepal said in a press release.
During the Pre-Departure Orientation, the students got useful tips and advice for living and studying in Europe. The European Union is the largest global donor in education with its Erasmus+ program (2021-2027) budgeted at EUR 26.2 billion. This is nearly double the funding compared to its predecessor program (2014-2020).
Welcoming the awardees, EU Ambassador to Nepal, Nona Deprez, said, “Erasmus is one of the most successful programs of the European Union. People to people connectivity is one of the top priorities of the EU. This is one of the ways that we want to promote our values and share knowledge and experiences with all of you abroad and for all of us to become richer from the experience.”
“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,” Ambassador Deprez said.
More than 700 Nepali students have benefitted from the EU’s Erasmus+ Scholarship Program. The Erasmus+ scholarships also provide opportunities for Europeans to undertake short-term studies and teaching in various universities across Nepal.