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EU awards Erasmus + scholarships to 60 Nepalese students to pursue higher education in Europe

This year 60 Nepali students have received the scholarship, which is higher compared to last year when 49 students were awarded.  The students have been awarded full scholarships for the period 2022-2024 and they will spend two years full time in prestigious European Universities to pursue their Master's Degrees in various fields.

New awardees of Erasmus+ scholarship ( 2022-2024) pose for a group photo duirng the pre-departure orientation

The Delegation of the European Union to Nepal together with the Erasmus Mundus Association Nepal organized a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for the new scholarship recipients of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) batch 2022-2024 on 4 August.

 

This year 60 Nepali students have received the scholarship, which is higher compared to last year when 49 students were awarded.  The students have been awarded full scholarships for the period 2022-2024 and they will spend two years fulltime in prestigious European Universities to pursue their Master's Degrees in various fields. Some of the field 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. All the subjects go well with Nepal’s needs for trained human resources. The fresh awardees got useful tips and advice for living and studying in Europe during the pre-departure orientation organised at the EU Delegation to Nepal office.

 

Countries in South Asia rank high in terms of number of scholarships received every year. When comparing the number of Erasmus scholarships awarded to the region, Nepal ranks fourth in South Asia and is among top 20 among all regions.

The Erasmus Scholarships cover all expenses, including tuition fees, a living allowance, travel and installation costs.

 

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 programme (2014-2020).

The year 2022 marks the 35th year of existence of Erasmus+, the EU's flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport. The 2021-2027 programme places a strong focus on social inclusion, the green and digital transitions, and promoting young people’s participation in democratic life.

For 35 years, the EU has funded the Erasmus programme, which has enabled students, staff, trainees, teachers, volunteers and more to spend part of their studies at another higher education institution or with an organisation in Europe and beyond.

In addition to individual opportunity, Erasmus+ provides the opportunity for organisations from eligible Partner Countries, mainly higher education institutions (HEIs). It supports the modernisation, accessibility, and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries.     Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education are transnational cooperation projects, based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions from EU Member states or countries associated to the Programme and third countries not associated to the Programme.

Nepalese Higher Education Institutions, in partnership with European Universities, are implementing 14 capacity-building projects in the field of higher education. Tribhuwan University, Kathmandu University, Pokhara University, Mid-Western University are some of the Nepalese partners working in the area of engineering, sustainable tourism, smart agriculture and more.   

 

Welcoming the awardees, EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. 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 programme, the best ones win. I would like to see the number of Nepali awardees grow every year.”

 

Ambassador Deprez highlighted that the people to people exchange between the EU and Nepal will go a long way in building common understanding on issues of common concern.

 

“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 800 Nepalese students have benefitted from the EU’s Erasmus+ Scholarship Programme so far. The Erasmus+ scholarships also provide opportunities for Europeans to undertake short-term studies and teaching in various universities across Nepal.

 

One Erasmus+ Nepal awardee, 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.”

Another Erasmus+ Nepal awardee Abhushan Gautam Shakya who will be going to Denmark for his first year studies on ‘Media and Globalization said, “ The Erasmus Mundus scholarship has provided an excellent opportunity for media and communications professionals like me to explore innovative partnerships related to media programming with journalists from around the world. The insights gained during my study will enable me to take a research based approach on media programming and produce effective and actionable content on emerging issues that are close to my heart including disaster preparedness and climate change adaptation.” Shakya will be taking up his second year studies in UK.

 

Mr Niranjan Khadka, Country Representative of Erasmus Mundus Association-Nepal, who completed his Master’s from Denmark and Italy (2013-2015) 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”.  

 

Representatives of the EU Member State Embassies based in Kathmandu and New Delhi also participated in the programme and answered the queries of the students who are looking forward to begin their studies in different countries in Europe.

 

In addition to the Erasmus+ scholarships, the EU Delegation in Nepal has been providing ongoing support to the Government of Nepal/Ministry of Education, Science and Technology on Quality Education and Technical and Vocational Training.

 

Education has been a key component of the EU's financial assistance to Nepal since the late 1990s through the provision of sector budget support. The EU along with other donors supported the Government of Nepal to complete the School Sector Reform Programme (SSRP-2009-2016) and currently it has been supporting the School Sector Development Plan (SSDP), which aims at guiding the reform efforts of the government until 2023 in line with Nepal’s vision to graduate from least developed country status. Education is one of the major pillars of development cooperation for EU’s ongoing multiannual indicative programme (2021-2027) for Nepal.

 

Similarly, the EU support in TVET reform entails strengthening and more effectively implementing a TVET policy responsive to labour market needs, as well as piloting and integrating the Public Private Partnership (PPP) approach in three key economic sectors: agriculture, construction, and hospitality and tourism, in order to offer opportunities for promoting the transition to a greener, climate-resilient and low-emission economy. The TVET-PP is going forward to help reduce youth unemployment by improving access to relevant and high-quality TVET, which will increase their employability and provide them with better economic opportunities in the future.


           About Erasmus+ Scholarships

Erasmus+ is a programme funded by the EU to support education, training, youth and sports. For the 2023 academic year, the application process of the Erasmus+ Mundus Joint Masters programme will be launched around October 2022. Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s (EMJM) offers 163 programmes, which are available at the following website: 

https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/scholarships/erasmus-mundus-catalogue_en