Kathmandu: European Union (EU) has awarded Erasmus+ scholarships to 60 Nepali students to pursue higher education in Europe.
The selected students have been awarded full scholarships for the period of 2022-2024 where they will spend two years in prestigious European Universities to pursue their Master’s Degrees, the Delegation of the European Union to Nepal said in a press release. Last year, 49 students received the scholarship.
They will pursue their Master’s Degrees in various fields, including but not limited to soils and global change, flood risk management, urban climate and sustainability, forestry and natural resources management, media and communication, and vaccinology education among others.
The scholarship recipients were given useful advice for living and studying in Europe during the pre-departure orientation organized at the EU Delegation to Nepal office on Thursday.
Nepal ranks fourth in South Asia for the Erasmus Mundus Scholarship and is within the top 20 among all regions. The year 2022 marks the 35th year of existence of Erasmus, the EU’s flagship program for education, training, youth, and sports.
More than 800 Nepali students have benefitted from the EU’s Erasmus+ Scholarship Program so far. The Erasmus+ scholarships also provide opportunities for Europeans to undertake short-term studies and teaching in various universities across Nepal, reads the release.
European Union Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez said: “I am indeed more than happy to see that the number of Nepali students winning the Erasmus Scholarship is growing every year. Last year, 49 students received the scholarship, and this year sixty students have proved their excellence and have won this scholarship. Erasmus is a generous but competitive worldwide scholarship program, the best ones win. I would like to see the number of Nepali awardees grow every year.”
One of the scholarship awardees Sunu Lama who will undertake her Master’s level studies in Estonia said, “Erasmus Mundus tag itself is a big yes to an incredible experience for me and signing up for it is like a dream come true. It is truly a stepping stone for one’s professional and personal growth.”
Niranjan Khadka, Country Representative of Erasmus Mundus Association-Nepal, said, “Erasmus Nepal family is growing each year, many congratulations to this year’s awardees. The EMA Nepal is working to share scholarship information and support prospective students to prepare so that they can participate in the program from every corner of the country”.