This session focused mainly on one of the programmes under the Erasmus+: the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD), available to students who have completed undergraduate studies. The EMJMD is a prestigious, integrated, international study programme, lasting between one and two years, delivered by an international consortium of higher education institutions. EMJMDs award EU-funded scholarships to student candidates from Partner Countries around the world, applying under annual selection rounds. Students must study in higher education institutions in at least two different Programme Countries.
This year's Erasmus+ call for proposals was launched on November 5, 2019. The purpose of the session was to inform Liberian students and potential candidates about the Erasmus+ and particularly the EMJMD: how the programme works in practice, and how to apply.
200 Liberian students participated in the event.
Juan Antonio Frutos, Head of Political, Press and Information Section of the EU Delegation, encouraged students to take advantage of this information session, and to apply:
We encourage you to apply; we want to see more Liberians applying and benefiting from this programme. This opportunity will equip you with valuable skills and competences to contribute to, and impact positively on, Liberia's development.
Lorpu Faith Scott, Education Project Officer of the EU Delegation, explained in detail different aspects of the EMJMD. She said: "The EU Delegation will help you with any information that you may need on the application process. If you have a question you can call us."
John Mayson, a Liberian former beneficiary of the EMJMD, called on students to take advantage of this opportunity. He shared with students his own experience, including the process of preparation of his application and travel, and his experience living and studying in 3 European countries (Norway, the UK and Spain). He emphasised: "Read the guidelines, follow the instructions, prepare your documents and apply, because it will not only boost your employment opportunities enormously; it will also aid towards the development of Liberia." Today John holds a Joint Master Degree in Coastal & Marine Engineering & Management, and is working on the Coastal Defence Project in Monrovia for the Government of Liberia.
In addition to the Erasmus+ programme, at this session Liberian students were also informed about bilateral education programmes offered by the Netherlands, Sweden and the UK.
Flyers with detailed information, and the links to the websites of the programmes, were given to students, who actively participated in the event and were given the opportunity to ask their questions.
For more information on the EU Erasmus+ program please visit:
Fendell Campus, University of Liberia