August 26, 2016 9:39 am

Fijian students and university staff to pursue further studies in Europe

The European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs hosted Fijian students and university staff who will be pursuing further studies in Europe under the Erasmus scholarship. Erasmus is one of the renowned EU programmes which allows students and university staff from around the world to study in European Universities and for […]

The European Union Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs hosted Fijian students and university staff who will be pursuing further studies in Europe under the Erasmus scholarship.

Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs with some of the Eramums scholarship studnets. (EU)
Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific, H.E Andrew Jacobs with some of the Eramums scholarship students. (EU)

Erasmus is one of the renowned EU programmes which allows students and university staff from around the world to study in European Universities and for those in European countries to correspondingly study in partner countries.

Ambassador Jacobs said they were celebrating the tradition of intraregional cooperation in higher education between universities in the European Union and the Pacific.

He said provisional results of the 2016 call for proposals for International Credit Mobility under Erasmus indicated that in the coming year around twenty-one thousand participants will be incoming to Europe and twelve thousand outgoing to Partner Countries.

JACOBS: “In respect of Pacific students or staff members in Fijian universities, 17 participants will be going to Europe and 5 participants will be arriving from Europe in the coming years. We hope that these numbers will increase as there will be another round of selections in September.”

He added that this year, five Fijian masters students from FNU and USP and one university staff member were selected for the Erasmus scholarships

JACOBS: ”hey will study or have just returned from studies in history, medicine and business in Portugal, Sweden and Lithuania. One master student and one staff member from Papua New Guinea were also selected for Erasmus sponsored scholarships.”

Ambassador Jacobs said that studying in Europe will help develop highly capable postgraduates and staff who will contribute to the development of the Pacific.

JACOBS: ”I am convinced that studying and training in Europe will help develop highly capable postgraduates and staff who will contribute to the development of the whole Pacific, just like students from Europe and Caribbean will benefit greatly from the knowledge and rich culture that you possess here in Fiji.”

Meanwhile, the Erasmus programme has a total budget of 16.4 billion (EUR) for the period 2014 to 2020, in which out of this amount 1.7 billion (EUR) is dedicated to scholarships to beneficiaries from non-Europe Union countries.