35 Pinoys get post-graduate scholarships in Europe

  • 35 Filipinos will pursue higher studies in different universities in Europe thru a scholarship program
  • European Union’s Erasmus+ Program allows scholars to pursue their studies in more than one country for one to two years
  • Scholarship covers the student’s air fare and tuition and doles out a monthly living allowance of P55,000 to P138,000

After winning scholarships under European Union’s Erasmus+ Program, some 35 Filipinos will pursue MA and PhD programs in different universities in Europe.

This was revealed by Foreign Affairs spokesperson Charles Jose as he said that the Philippine government is continuously assessing the possible effects of the United Kingdom’s withdrawal of membership from the EU to Filipino scholars pursuing studies in UK territories, an article published on GMA News Online disclosed.

We don’t have the answers to all the questions at this point. Hopefully, things will become clearer in the coming days as people start to grasp the full implication of UK’s exit from EU,” the Foreign Affairs spokesperson was quoted saying.

As of posting time, the EU’s office in the Philippines has yet to comment on the issue.

As revealed by the European Union’s Delegation to the Philippines, the 35 students were already briefed by no-less than EU Ambassador to the Philippines Franz Jessen regarding their responsibilities as Erasmus+ scholars.

According to the EU Ambassador, the Erasmus+ scholars must strive to “become ambassadors of goodwill and agents of change to help strengthen the partnership between the EU and the Philippines.”

In stating their responsibilities, the EU Ambassador urged the scholars to “give back to their country” by applying what they have learned during their studies.

The Erasmus+ scholarship allows scholars to pursue their studies in more than one country for one to two years.

Likewise, the scholarship covers the student’s air fare and tuition and doles out a monthly living allowance that ranges from P55,000 to P138,000.

Formerly called Erasmus Mundus Scholarships for International Students, it was renamed to Erasmus+ exchange program in 2013 during the time when the EU raised its education and training program from 3.1 billion euros to 5 billion euros.

Since 2004, more than 200 students and lecturers have benefited from the program.

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