New Delhi: A total of 400 students have been selected for higher studies in Europe this year under the EU-funded scholarship and 73 of them are joining this semester itself, according to an official statement. On August 29, some of these students met Tomasz Kozlowski, ambassador of the European Union to India, who congratulated them for their excellent results and wished them the best for their studies in Europe.
"Since Erasmus has been made available to countries outside the European Union 30 years ago in the spirit of building bridges and promoting people-to-people contacts, Indian students have consistently been among the top beneficiaries of this scholarship," he said. "Europe is an excellent destination for Indian students. European universities offer top-ranking education and research in a safe and culturally-stimulating environment. Being an Erasmus student will be an unforgettable, enriching experience and it will significantly improve the student's later career chances," he added.
From 2014 till now, close to 330 Indian Higher Education Institutes have become a part of the Erasmus programme and there is interest to further expand education collaborations. The European-funded Erasmus programme not only gives scholarships to Indian students, but also supports Indian universities in a variety of cooperation programmes, where Indian partners take an increasingly active role. Eleven new Indian universities are now participating in international consortia, delivering integrated courses with joint or multiple degrees to students from all over the world under the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Programs.