European Union awards Erasmus Plus Scholarships to 94 Indonesians students and lecturers
Ninety-four Indonesian students and lecturers have received a scholarship under the European Union (EU) funded Erasmus Plus (Erasmus+) programme in 2020 for up to two years of study for Masters and Doctoral degrees at an EU university.
The 94 Indonesian awardees were seen off today (18/07) at a virtual pre-departure event by H.E. Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia, and Prof. Ir. Nizam, MSc, DIC, PhD, Acting Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia.
With 94 scholarships, this year is the highest number of Indonesian awardees ever.
The EU offers annually Erasmus+ scholarships to Indonesian students and lecturers to pursue their bachelor, master or doctoral degree in Europe. Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Erasmus+ scholarship awardees will be able to leave for Europe to commence their studies in at least two universities located in two different European countries.
"The Erasmus+ programme provides a great opportunity to the scholarship awardees to develop academically and professionally at top-quality European universities. What’s more, the Erasmus+ scholarships broaden the personal horizon and present valuable lessons for the Erasmus alumni to be brought back to Indonesia. All awardees are potential future leaders in their fields of expertise. We are proud to contribute to Indonesia's future through this scholarship programme," said EU Ambassador Vincent Piket.
In his opening remarks, Prof. Nizam said, "The Erasmus+ Scholarship is an excellent opportunity for Indonesian students and lecturers to obtain international education and experience from universities in Europe and partner countries. In addition, it establishes extensive networks and cooperation. On behalf of the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic of Indonesia, we would like to convey our full appreciation to the European Union for the support of the Erasmus+ scholarship and congratulations to the scholarship awardees.”
Ms Charlah Arlens Wowor, an Erasmus+ awardee, will undertake a European Masters in Tourism Management. She will be pursuing her studies in three countries: Denmark, Slovenia and Spain. "By joining this Erasmus+ post graduate programme, I hope to apply the knowledge I will get to develop the tourism sector in West Papua where I am from," said Charlah.
Another Erasmus scholarship recipient, Mr Viddy Ranawijaya, will undertake a European Masters in Euroculture: Society, Politics and Culture in a Global Context. He will also be pursuing his studies in three countries: France, Poland and the Netherlands. "The opportunity for mobility from Erasmus+, whereby we can study in at least in two different countries, is very interesting for me. As a practitioner in the higher education sector, I want to learn and experience how universities in Europe can work together to run such a programme. With my knowledge and experience in Europe, I hope to be able to implement a similar mobility programme in Indonesia and even at Southeast Asia level, "said Viddy.
From 2004 to 2020, the EU has awarded Erasmus+ scholarships to more than 1,900 Indonesian students and lecturers. In total, the EU and its Member States provide 1,500 scholarships to Indonesian students annually.
The Erasmus+ programme offers a variety of instruments to support higher education institutions, such as the Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) programme, the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), Jean Monnet and International Credit Mobility (ICM).