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Erasmus scholarship awardees flagged off to Europe

Rudi Veestraeten

Rudi Veestraeten

A group of 13 young Ugandans who were selected for this year’s European Union (EU) funded Erasmus Plus scholarship have been flagged off to undertake graduate studies in different universities across Europe.

The 2022 Uganda cohort will be studying from universities in Austria, France, Belgium, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sweden and the United Kingdom, with some even studying from two different universities located in different programme countries.

During the pre-departure event of this year’s cohort at the EU ambassador residence in Kololo, Rudi Veestraeten, the Belgium ambassador to Uganda, said the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters are high level integrated study programmes at master level which are designed and delivered by an international partnership of higher education institutions of EU member states and associated countries.

“These jointly recognized master degrees are a true win-win opportunity that benefit both the EU and Africa. Through this programme, EU universities can benefit from the views and backgrounds of one of the most dynamic populations of Africa and in turn Ugandan students can tap into the tools, values and knowledge that form the basis of higher education in Europe,” he said.

He noted that the Erasmus scholarship programme is not the only way the EU is contributing towards uplifting skills development in Uganda.

“Obviously after the longest school closure in the world, much more needs to be done in support of education in Uganda than sending a small number of students to universities abroad,” he noted.

He therefore revealed that in 2020, the European Union launched a Euro 5 million program; the Skills, Attitude, Governance and Anti-Corruption (SG+) programme to reduce skills gap and support youth employment. The programme intends to equip young graduates entering the labour market with adequate skills and attitude.

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0 #1 Jama 2022-08-04 14:45
What was the criteria for their selection? Were they not slected on triabal basis?

Who was in charge of this selection? Are the candidates not relatives of those on power? Why are their names and images withheld?
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