The European Union has seen twelve young promising Ugandan students who have been awarded scholarships to pursue Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees off to commence their studies in European Universities.
Under the Erasmus+ programme that runs every year, the twelve students selected this year will study in at least two different universities, located in different countries. The European countries that will be hosting this year‘s group of students are Belgium, Germany, Portugal, Spain, and the United Kingdom.
Speaking at the pre-departure event, the Ambassador of the EU Delegation to Uganda, H.E. Attilio Pacifici said “The European Union and its member states have for several decades been active partners in supporting higher education and have enabled a total of one hundred thirty-nine Ugandans to pursue studies in Europe since 2004 under Erasmus Mundus I, Erasmus Mundus II and Erasmus+. This year is very significant as we have the final group under the current Erasmus+ financing envelope. There will be soon – I really hope – a new instrument that will allow for this important academic exchange programme to continue.”
While congratulating the scholars upon having submitted very convincing applications that won them their respective scholarship awards, he noted that under the current COVID-19 travel restrictions, the scholars would kick off their courses online and only be able to travel to the hosting European countries after the pandemic has subsided.
The Ambassador also thanked the Ambassadors and representatives of Belgium, Germany and the UK for their mark of commitment to this important European instrument to facilitate and promote interactions, understanding and cooperation between young people and high education institutions of our two continents.