The European Union (EU) has called for applications for next year’s Erasmus+ scholarship programme, in line with its commitment to expand opportunities for quality higher education to young Nigerians.
Erasmus+ is the EU’s flagship programme for education, training, youth and sport, offering beneficiaries scholarships to study in some of the most prestigious universities within and outside Europe. It also enables youths, students, staff and higher education institutes to attend or work with European higher education institutions.
This year, 134 Nigerians were awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree scholarship. This is not only a steep increase compared to previous years; it also makes Nigeria the top African country with the most selected students.
Worldwide, Nigeria is up there together with Bangladesh, Brazil, India, Mexico and Pakistan as top six countries with most awardees.
Building on the success of the programme in the period between 2014 to 2020, the Erasmus+ programme for 2021 to 2027 provides more opportunities for mobility and cooperation with partner countries beyond Europe, focusing on its qualitative impact and contributing to more inclusive and cohesive, greener and digitally fit societies.
Furthermore, the programme equips young Nigerians with the education, skills and competences they need to thrive in a globalised economy, hence, contributing to nation building.