In its ongoing effort to expand higher education opportunities for young Nigerian graduates, the European Union announced on Tuesday that it was accepting applications for the 2023 Erasmus plus postgraduate scholarship program.
According to Nigerianwatch, Erasmus Plus is the EU’s flagship program for education, training, youth, and sport, and it provides beneficiaries with scholarships to study at some of the most prestigious universities in and outside of Europe. It also allows young people, students, faculty, and higher education institutions to study or work with European higher education institutions.
The union stated in a statement made available to our correspondent in Abuja on Tuesday that the program would provide young Nigerians with the education, skills, and competence required to thrive in the global economy.
“The Erasmus+ programme provides beneficiaries with 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,” according to the statement. Furthermore, the program will provide young Nigerians with the education, skills, and competencies they need to thrive in a globalized economy, thereby contributing to nation-building.
“The program places a strong emphasis on social inclusion, green and digital transitions, and encouraging young people to participate in democratic processes, particularly as Nigeria approaches another election cycle.” Other advantages include improved career prospects, increased entrepreneurship capabilities, enhanced digital and foreign language skills, and so on. The studies, which are expected to last 12 to 24 months, will involve each beneficiary studying at various universities in at least two EU member states.
“In the last four years, the number of Nigerians selected for the Erasmus+ scholarship programme has quadrupled, rising from 44 awardees in 2019 to over 200 young Nigerians in 2022.” “The steep increase in the number of Nigerians benefiting from the program in recent years reflects the premium the EU places on its partnership with the country,” says the EU Ambassador to Nigeria, Samuela Isopi. It also reaffirms the EU’s commitment to expanding programs and activities aimed at Nigeria’s vibrant youth.”
“The EU encourages Nigerians and Nigerian Higher Education Institutes to seize the available opportunities for investment in knowledge, skills, and competencies.” Interested Nigerians can follow the EU on social media to learn how to apply for this year’s scholarship program.”