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EU awards masters scholarships to 48 Ethiopian students

Addis Ababa, June 19, 2024 (FBC) – The European Union (EU) has awarded a full Masters Scholarship to 48 Ethiopian students for the academic year of 2024-2025 through its flagship education initiative, Erasmus+ European Scholarship Programme.

According to the EU Press release, the selected students will spend two years studying at prestigious universities across 12 different European countries as part of university consortia that include institutions from at least two the European Union member states.

“The Erasmus+ European scholarships highly contribute to Ethiopia’s human development efforts in higher education,” said EU Ambassador to Ethiopia Roland Kobia.

“This program offers a lifetime opportunity for young Ethiopian students to pursue studies at the highest level, learn about European cultures and academic systems, and make connections with people at some of the best universities in Europe,” he revealed.

Since 2004, Ethiopia has been one of the top performing countries globally in terms of student selection and applications for the Erasmus scholarship program. Over the past 14 years, the EU has awarded Erasmus scholarships to more than 600 Ethiopian students.

Ambassador Kobia expressed hope that the latest cohort of scholarship recipients will “excel and return to Ethiopia with enhanced skills and knowledge that will benefit themselves and their country, as well as warm memories of their time in Europe.”

The Erasmus+ program aims to enhance the quality of higher education through international academic cooperation and exchanges.

In addition to the scholarships, the program also supports staff exchanges, joint degree programs, and other initiatives to foster collaboration between European universities and their counterparts around the world, it was learnt.

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