The European Union says it has awarded a full Masters Scholarship to 53 Ethiopian students for the academic year of 2023-2024 through Erasmus+ European Scholarship Program.
The students will spend 2 years full time in prestigious European Universities in 12 European countries to pursue their Master Degrees in various fields.
Each beneficiary student will study for a master degree to be awarded by a consortium of universities from at least two EU Member States.
“Apart from improving the student’s expertise, the scholarships are also meant to enrich the student’s life experiences, help create mutual understanding and openness between people and cultures,” EU Ambassador to Ethiopia, Roland Kobia, said.
“We hope that these scholarships will help these students to excel and that they will return to Ethiopia with enhanced skills and knowledge useful for the country and themselves, as well as with fond memories of Europe,” he added.
Funded by the EU, the Erasmus Mundus/Erasmus+ Scholarships are awarded to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries that have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programs at Masters or Doctorate level.
The program aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic cooperation between universities in the EU and universities in other parts of the world.
Ambassador Kobia said the program “offers a lifetime opportunity for young Ethiopian students to pursue their studies at the highest level, to learn more about European cultures, languages, academic systems and, not least, people at some of the best universities in Europe.”
Ethiopia is one of the top 5 performing countries in the world and top in Africa in the past two decades, both in terms of student selection and applications for the program.
The EU has awarded the Erasmus Mundes Scholarship to more than 500 Ethiopian students since 2010.