Over 150 Indian Students Won the Erasmus Mundus Scholarships

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News Desk, News Nation 360 : Out of 2,756 scholarship awardees worldwide, 153 Indian students have been awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships this year. With this, India ranks first for the second consecutive year among 167 countries. The 153 students (74 females and 79 males) have been selected out of 756 applications submitted by Indian students, a success rate of 20.3%. To mark this success, the Delegation of the European Union to India organized a virtual event for the Indian students who have received a scholarship for the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. The Indian students selected for the Erasmus Mundus 2021-2023 batch will have the opportunity to study and conduct research in at least two universities located in different European countries and obtain a

joint, double or multiple degrees in a wide variety of topics such as big data management, life sciences, food innovation, environmental sciences, urban climate and culture. The fully-funded scholarship will cover tuition fees, travel costs and a living allowance of the recipient. Selected Indian students collectively will get an opportunity to stay and experience over 20 different European countries during a time span of two years. The recipients of this year’s Erasmus Mundus scholarships come from leading higher education institutes in India and will study in a wide range of prestigious European universities. Students will start their studies in a range of the EU Member States and other countries: France (45), Italy (15), Belgium (14), Finland (10), Portugal (10), Spain (10), The Netherlands (7), Germany (6), Poland (5), Greece (3), Sweden (3), Austria (2), Denmark (2), Estonia (2), Hungary (2), Czech Republic (1) and United Kingdom (14), Norway (1), Turkey (1). Students were also informed that a large number of Member States have already started processing the visa applications for the students. In cases where travelling is restricted due to the evolving Covid-19 situation and overriding public health reasons, online classes will be organized at an institutional level. Each programme will have a slightly different approach depending on the regional and local situation. The students are advised to be in close contact with their respective programme coordinator on the organization of classes in the upcoming academic year 2021-2022. Congratulating the winners, H.E Ugo ASTUTO, Ambassador of the European Union to India said that the Erasmus+ programme offers students from across the world state-of-the-art education opportunities in different disciplines, as well as new and innovative teaching methods. Indian students have for the second consecutive year obtained the largest number of scholarships worldwide in this very competitive programme. The mobility of students and researchers is an important dimension of their relationship, as it fosters the free exchange of ideas, opinions and culture.

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Report : Anustup Kundu