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161 Indian students, 88 of them women, have been awarded the prestigious Erasmus Mundus scholarships for degree programs starting in the academic year 2022-23. As a result, India ranks first for the second consecutive year among 167 countries, with the highest number of students benefiting from this scholarship, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
This year, the beneficiaries of the scholarships funded directly by Erasmus Mundus come from 19 states across India, many of whom are students of India’s nations leading higher education institutions.
Marking this success led the Delegation of the European Union to India to organize an event to commemorate this historic moment.
Indian students who have now been awarded an Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degree (EMJMD) scholarship funded by the EU’s Erasmus+ program will soon depart for Europe to continue their higher studies.
Commenting on the awarding of the scholarships, the EU Ambassador to India and Bhutan, HE Mr Ugo Astuto, said that so far, 6000+ Indian students and academics have benefited from Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
“This underscores the growing people-to-people connection and mobility between the EU and India, which is an important pillar of our partnership. Erasmus+ scholarships offer a lifetime opportunity for professional and personal development. Apart from improving students’ expertise, it allows them to gain a rich cultural experience, given Europe’s diversity,” he also added.
Indian students selected for the 2022-2024 Erasmus Mundus cohort will have the opportunity to study and conduct research in at least two universities in different European countries and obtain joint, double, or multiple degrees.
At the same time, the fully-funded scholarship will cover the costs of participation, travel costs, and a living allowance of the recipient.
Previously, in 2021, 153 Indian students received Erasmus Mundus scholarships.
Today Europe has over 4,000 higher education institutions, from top-level research institutions to small teaching-focused colleges, numbering more than 17 million students and 1.5 million academics, including 435,000 researchers.
In addition, the top European countries that will host students flying for the current academic year are as follows:
Students tend to choose a diverse set of courses to follow, so in the engineering framework, students have chosen courses in ICT, green technology, circular economy, and health. Meanwhile, social science professionals have chosen fields such as rural development, women and gender studies, and international law.