New Delhi, Aug 24: With more than 5,300 recipients between 2004 and 2017, India become the largest beneficiary of the Erasmus scholarships for higher education provided by the European Union (EU) member states, EU Ambassador to India Tomasz Kozlowski stated.
Addressing at an event to mark the 30th anniversary of the launch of European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, Kozlowski said “Since 2004, Erasmus had been open for third countries. Indian students attained number one spot in beneficiaries list of this scholarship.”
He further added, Europe was “an excellent destination for international students on the basis of the high quality and wide range of courses on offer, the richness of campus life and the proximity to Asia”.
Erasmus was launched in 1987 with only 3,200 students.
It has developed over the last 30 years into a prestigious scholarship programme, which benefits around 300,000 higher education students every year.
“With over 5,300 students across the India having received Erasmus Mundus or Erasmus+ Masters scholarships between 2004 and 2017, India is the overall single largest beneficiary of the programme,” a statement issued by the Delegation of the EU to India asserted.
Last year, India was at number two with 62 approved scholarships for masters and doctoral degrees after Brazil with 79.
As per the statement, around 90 per cent of Indian recipients of the scholarship have returned.
Among the courses offered in the scholarship, engineering has been the largest area of study (25 per cent), followed by natural sciences (13 per cent), and business, economics and management (10 per cent).
Kozlowski also said that with more than 50,000 Indian students, Europe has now the second most preferred educational destination for Indians after the US.