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The Erasmus Mundus/Erasmus+ Scholarships, funded by the European Union, are exclusively awarded to students coming from both EU and non-EU countries that have been selected to attend one of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Programmes at Masters or Doctorate level.
The European Union’s Erasmus Mundus programme aims to enhance quality in higher education through scholarships and academic co-operation between the EU and the rest of the world. The programme also aims at enhancing the quality of higher education and promoting dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with countries. The programme contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions by increasing mobility between the European Union and beneficiary countries.
Ethiopia is one of the top beneficiary countries of the Erasmus programme. Since 2004, Ethiopia is one of the top 5 performing countries in the world and top in Africa both in terms of student selection and application in the Erasmus Scholarship programme. In 2019, 60 Ethiopian students selected as winners of this year’s Erasmus+ EU Scholarship in Masters Degree. In the last 10 years (2010-2019), 425 the European Union awarded the Erasmus Mundes Scholarship for 425 Ethiopian students.
Mr. Luca Zampetti, Deputy Head of EU Delegation to Ethiopia said: “The Erasmus+ European scholarships highly contributes to the country’s human development effort in higher education. The programme 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. Besides 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. We hope that these scholarships will help the students to excel and that they will return to Ethiopia with enhanced skills and knowledge useful for the country, as well as with fond memories of Europe."
Erasmus Mundes/Erasmus+ scholarship programme is a valuable opportunity for Ethiopia, as it will support the student’s future career development, contribute to the enhancement of knowledge and science in Ethiopia and further strengthen the strategic cooperation between Ethiopia and European Union. By awarding this much coveted scholarship to young Ethiopian students, the European Union is playing its part in assisting Ethiopia’s endeavour of the development of higher learning to address its need of more experts of Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Humanities.