The European Union, through its Erasmus plus Programme, has awarded scholarships to forty Nigerian students to study for their masters of PhD in different European countries.
The awardees of the 2019 scholarship programme would attend universities in twelve different European countries which include Greece, Italy, Spain, Denmark, Czech Republic, Belgium, France, Poland, UK, Portugal, Germany and Netherlands.
The EU Head of delegation and Ambassador, Ketil Karlsen, while speaking at the pre-departure event in Abuja, stated that over a thousand persons applied and the forty awardees were selected based on their academic achievement and aspirations.
Karlsen explained that each of the students would be in Europe for about a year to participate and the travel package covers the journey, education and accomodation.
He made it known that the Erasmus plus programme is an important pillar for Europe in collaborating and engaging Nigeria.
Speaking further, he disclosed that EU has spent USD6.6 million since 2014 in supporting Nigerian youths to study in Europe for these programmes.
“The last decade combined, the EU has supported 12,000 Nigerians going to Europe. 32 students left last year and 40 students will go this particular year. It is not an easy programme, having a programme where all the expenses are paid, it is quite and attractive package, only for those who fundamentally deserve this by the end of the day for this to happen,” he stated.