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EU grants Filipino youth leaders scholarship program

File photo of European Union Ambassador to the Philippines Guy Ledoux. EU

MANILA, Philippines – Thirty-nine Filipino students will be able to pursue their academic dreams in several countries of the European Union (EU) after winning scholarships under the EU’s Erasmus + Programme.

The Erasmus + Programme will allow these Filipino youth leaders to pursue MA and Ph D programs in different universities across the European continent.

The chosen students of EU will be provided with scholarship and mobility program structured to allow them pursue their studies in more than one country and let them gain from the academic expertise and culture of more than one university for one to two years.

The Erasmus + formerly called the Erasmus Mundus Programme which is EU’s new program for 2014 to 2020 promotes the EU as a center of excellence in learning and making student mobility a reality for EU and non-EU citizens alike.

The program seeks to support projects, partnerships, events and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport and provides funding opportunities for cooperation in all these areas, both among European countries, and between these European countries and partner countries throughout the world.

The scholarship will cover air travel to Europe, tuition fees and a monthly living allowance.

EU Ambassador to the Philippines commended the outgoing Erasmus + students in a reception held on August 11 at the EU Delegation to the Philippines for their impressive results reflecting the hard work of Filipino students.

Ambassador Ledoux said that  more than 200 students and lecturers already benefitted from the program.

During the reception, Erasmus Mundus alumni led by Erasmus Mundus Association, Southeast Asia Chapter  President  Sheila Balbutin also attended to share their experiences of studying in Europe and encouraged the scholars to take advantage of their time in the EU to benefit from borderless traveling and studying across different European Union member states.

This year, Philippines will have the record for having the highest number of Erasmus students benefiting from an EU scholarship amongst all ASEAN countries (credit mobility and Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees).

More than 30 Filipinos benefit from EU MS countries scholarship every year.

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