No less than 200 postgraduate scholarships have been awarded to young Nigerian students from the European Union (EU), to study in top European universities, under the Erasmus+ programme.
The Erasmus Plus scholarship is a European Union initiative aimed at improving the quality of higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between the Union and the rest of the world.
At an event to send the students to Abuja on Wednesday, the EU Delegation to Nigeria said there was an increasing number of Nigerian students who have been awarded scholarships, compared to the past few years.
EU Ambassador to Nigeria and ECOWAS, Mrs. Samuela Isopi, said Nigeria was ranked second, immediately after Pakistan, among the countries benefiting from the programme.
Isopi said that over the past four years, the number of Nigerians selected for Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Scholarships has quadrupled, with the number increasing in 2019 from 44 winners to 93 in 2020, 133 in 2021 and a record number. over 200 were awarded this year.
She said that during their stay for the term, they will have the opportunity to visit up to six countries across Europe, saying Nigeria’s potential is very high in the stock market.
“The program aims to connect and unite people, young people across Europe and across the world. To build a new generation of citizens of the word, eager to work together for peace, for prosperity and for the common good. So this year to celebrate these achievements, but also to further energize our cooperation with Nigeria.
“As far as education is concerned, we have decided to combine the traditional pre-departure orientation event with a study fair in Europe. We expect to receive more than 2000 visitors today in the first time we hold this fair in a few months, we promise that we can meet to expand it next year,” she said. declared.
The Deputy Executive Secretary of the National Universities Commission (NUC), Mr. Chris Maiyaki, said the event was a groundbreaking achievement, and makes it a proud moment for Nigeria as the second country with the most in a single year.
He commended the European Union for its tremendous support and contributions in generating, disseminating and expanding the frontiers of knowledge to develop the Nigerian workforce.
He said that the Commission, together with key stakeholders, has recently embarked on some legacy projects, including the long-awaited guidelines on transnational education which will allow foreign investors and universities to enter Nigerian university space through the establishment of four campuses in Nigeria.
“They can also undertake partnerships with existing universities under six competitive models, namely franchise, branch campus, twinning and articulation, and then distance education and/or acquisition and merger.