On August 6, 2019, a European Union EU delegation came to Pakistan and decided to send 100 students on scholarship, which the Erasmus Mundus Pakistan Programme funds. It is considered the largest group of member students from Pakistan who will receive this scholarship from European institutions to take higher education courses there. European Union is an international political and economic union organization comprising 28 members.
The business manager (Charge d’Affairs), Anne Marchal addressed at the event held in residence EU and she said that it is an honor for a diplomat to interact with the youth of Pakistan who are future of this country.
She also hopes that the Erasmus Mundus Pakistan scholarship will equip these students with the right tools to allow them to participate in the development of their country. In this way, the youth of Pakistan may contribute to building a mutual understanding among different cultures and regions.
She added that 2019 is the special one in the history of the European Union EU and Pakistan because this year, many postgraduate students will be leaving for European institutions for higher education.
Anne Marchal also considered 2019 special for the relationship between the EU and Pakistan. During this year, the high representative Federica Mogherini visited Islamabad. In an exchange, Shah Mehmood Qureshi, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan, visited Brussels. The two countries signed a new Strategic Engagement Plan (SEP) to deepen political cooperation and relations. This will give a new turn to their bilateral partnership.
She also explained that the Strategic Engagement Plan, SEP, is committed to enhancing the partnership through academic exchange and higher education. In this way, Erasmus Programme and Marie Sklodowska Curie Actions are offering funds for scholarships and fellowships.
Anne further informed the world that under European Union they have a central selection committee. This committee selects students from across the globe; in some countries, the quota has not been defined for selection. Several Erasmus students get their degrees in different disciplines from European Union EU under this program every year, which is increasing.
This year around 100 students were selected from Pakistan under the Erasmus Mundus Pakistan Program under the EU flagship to study in Europe. Through this program, many Pakistani students are engaged in computer science, archaeology communication, engineering, applied sciences, and robotics.
The scholarship program allows students to study in 17 different EU countries. These 17 European countries are Hungary, Ireland, Austria, France, Germany, Belgium, UK, Sweden, Portugal, Poland, Netherlands, Italy, Denmark, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic, and Slovenia falls under this EU law. This is the best opportunity for those who cannot pay college fees and learn language skills to fit in this competitive single market.
Moreover, the Erasmus Scholarship Programme is an Erasmus exchange program of the European Union with a budget of Euro 14.7 billion. This includes the amount of Euro 1.7 billion for International non-European Union students from 2014 to 2020.
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