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Pacific Students To Benefit From EU Programme

The European Union is looking to send more Pacific students to participate in their Erasmus+ programme, says EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs. Mr Jacobs revealed this
29 Aug 2016 08:21
Pacific Students To Benefit From EU Programme

The European Union is looking to send more Pacific students to participate in their Erasmus+ programme, says EU Ambassador to Fiji and the Pacific Andrew Jacobs.

Mr Jacobs revealed this at his residence on Thursday while hosting Fijian and international students including university staff who had participated or were currently benefiting from the programme.

The EU-funded programme with a total budget of $37.63 billion (EUR16.4 billion) for the period 2014 to 2020 allows students and university staff from around the world to study and train in European universities and for Europeans to study at local universities in partner countries such as Fiji.a

Mr Jacobs said this year, five Fijian masters’ students from the Fiji National University and University of the South Pacific and one university staff member were selected for the Erasmus+ scholarships.

“They 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,” he said.

‘’Like every year we will reach out to all universities in Fiji once the 2017 Erasmus+ call for proposals is launched, so that Pacific students can benefit from it to the greatest extent.”

Mr Jacobs said studying and training in Europe would be beneficial for Pacific Island students as well as students from Europe and the Caribbean would benefit coming here.

‘’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,” he said.

Mr Jacobs said the programme brought people together and broadened the minds of the students involved.

The reception event was also attended by Minister of Education, Heritage and Arts Mahendra Reddy, FNU vice chancellor Professor Nigel Healey and the USP vice chancellor Professor Rajesh Chandra.

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