Europe has always been one of the most favoured destinations for Indian students pursuing an education abroad, only behind the US in terms of student preference. If the European Union has its way, however, European universities could soon be at the top of the list for Indian students looking for an affordable education overseas.
On Monday, addressing students in the North-east of the country, EU’s Ambassador to India, H.E. Tomasz Kozlowski, welcomed Indian students to study in Europe with open arms. The ambassador also called upon Indian students and researchers to take benefit of the many scholarship and fellowship opportunities introduced by the European Union, and pursue their higher studies in Europe.
On a 2-day visit to Guwahati on the occasion of EU Day, his excellency interacted with interacted with students and faculty at Assam Don Bosco University and IIT Guwahati.
He commended Indian students for their participation in the Erasmus+ program under which European and Non-European students are provided full scholarships
"Under the EU scholarship scheme Erasmus+, more than 5,300 Indian students have received full scholarships over the last few years”, said the ambassador.
He also urged students, researchers and faculty members from the Northeast region to explore opportunities available under EU-funded programmes for higher education and research.
“There is a huge opportunity for Indian students, researchers and universities which they should explore. We would be delighted to see greater participation by students from India's north-eastern region”, he stated in his address.
Kozlowski spoke of 20 priority areas for joint research and cooperation in higher education, and advocated increased partnerships at an institutional level between the two countries.
“Nearly 120 Indian universities are involved in active exchange programmes and around 100 in joint master programmes or capacity-building projects”, he informed the audience at the event.
He also emphasized the ease of student visa process for Indian students, and lauded the Erasmus+ program for its contribution to strengthening EU-India ties.
The Erasmus programme is the premier scheme for students throughout the EU who wish to avail scholarships and India is overall the single largest beneficiary of Erasmus scholarships outside of Europe. Over 70 students and researchers from Assam, out of 90-odd from the region, have so far benefited from the program.
Erasmus scholarship recipients have access to host institutions in all EU Member States and program countries – from traditional student destinations like France, Germany, Spain, and Italy, to lesser-known destinations such as Czech, Finland, Romania, Lithuania, or Cyprus. Each state has something unique to offer to Indian students, including full programs taught in English.
From top-level research establishments to small, specialized colleges, Europe has 4,000 higher education institutions, and is recognised as the leading higher educational destination for international students, offering both cutting-edge education, value for money, and rich cultural experiences. Out of 1.5 million international students coming to Europe every year, around 50,000 are Indians.