EU delegation organises orientation for 60 Nepali students receiving scholarships

KATHMANDU: The delegation of the European Union to Nepal together with the Erasmus Mundus Association Nepal organised a Pre-Departure Orientation (PDO) for the new scholarship recipients of Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) batch 2022-2024, on Thursday.

This year 60 Nepali students got scholarships, 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, according to a press statement issued by the EU Delegation to Nepal.

Some of the fields of study 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 a 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 the top 20 among all regions. The Erasmus Scholarships cover all expenses, including tuition fees, a living allowance, travel and installation costs.

On the occasion, EU Ambassador to Nepal Nona Deprez shared, “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.”

More than 800 Nepali 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.

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