Apply for EU-funded scholarships, delegation urges

Sunday, June 10, 2018

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The European Union delegation in Jamaica is drumming up interest in the range of tertiary scholarships available under the Erasmus Mundus programme.

Head of the delegation, Ambassador Malgorzata Wasilewska, said that in addition to the academic qualifications they provide, the scholarships present an opportunity for students to get a better understanding of the diversity and richness of Europe particularly because the majority of the degrees in the programme are offered by universities in two or more countries.

She was speaking at a recent Jamaica Information Service ( JIS) 'Think Tank' at the agency's head office in Kingston.

Each year, EU-funded scholarships are awarded to the best student candidates applying under annual selection rounds to study in Europe. Since 2007, more than 38 Jamaicans have been selected. In 2017, two Jamaicans were successful in gaining scholarships, one in sports ethics, and the other, University of the West Indies graduate Yohan Lee, in journalism.

Lee is pursuing a Master in Journalism, Media and Globalisation offered by Aarhus University in Denmark and University of Hamburg in Germany.

“When I arrived here, within the first week I met one of the scholars, who spent six months in my hometown in the north of Poland… so it was quite amazing,” Ambassador Wasilewska said.

The EU's Political Counsellor Gavin Tench said that students at The Mico University College, University of the West Indies, the University of Technology and others “can have a look at where they want to go next. Maybe after their first degrees they can look about doing a master's programme in Europe”.

“What we allow Jamaican students to do is not just base themselves in one country or in one university. They have the opportunity to do two universities, possibly three, and get exposed to not only the education system in both universities, but the culture,” he added.

Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education, and promotes dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with developing countries. It is open to the world, allowing for students from outside Europe to choose from 116 Erasmus Mundus Joint Master's Degrees and 29 Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate programmes.

The scholarships cover tuition fees, a travel/installation contribution, insurance, a monthly subsistence allowance, and administration costs.

Prospective students can learn more about the programme via the EU's website at https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/library/scholarships-catalogue_en; the Facebook page, which can be accessed at https://www.facebook.com/EUErasmusPlusProgramme or the Twitter handle, @EUErasmusPlus.

— JIS

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