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Ambassador Kristian Schmidt and the Italian envoy to Uganda H.E Domenico Fornara have encouraged young people in Uganda to take advantage of the Erasmus education program of the EU, drugs
in order to attain the much required skills to make meaningful impact to Uganda.
The two diplomats said that the scholarship presents an opportunity for people looking to expand both their academic credentials and cultural interaction which is critical for human development.
On Friday, the European Union in Uganda organized a conference for alumni and aspiring beneficiaries of Erasmus Mundus, an EU funded program that supports projects and mobility in the areas of education, training, youth and sport. The event held at UMA Hall in Kampala was in commemoration of 30 years of the Program as part of the activities to mark 60 years since European Union was formed.
“So far, a total of 89 Ugandans have benefitted from the program. I would love to see that number increase despite the fact that it is competitive,” Ambassador Schmidt told the youths who took part in the conference.
- Head of the European Union Delegation in Uganda, Ambassador Kristian Schmidt and the Italian envoy to Uganda H.E Domenico Fornara during a presentation
Key among the student benefits from the Erasmus program is funding for credit mobility where by students get a limited period of study 3 – 12 months) within Europe and later return to their home institutions to complete their studies. Students can as well acquire joint Masters Degrees lasting between one and two years through a consortium of higher education institutions.
“Most important is for the young aspirants to do your homework, identify a subject of your interest and determine where you want to study from.”
Despite the growing anxiety following Brexit, Ambassador Schmidt gave assurance that this will have no effect on the scholarship, but rather EU plans to increase funding in order to expand the number of beneficiaries.
Italy’s Ambassador, Domenico Fornara told ChimpReports; “It is in our nature as human beings to explore new places and learn new things. It is a great experience to have a period of study in another country. The good grades aside, there’s a lot of cultural baggage, employment and networking.”
Several of the alumni who testified to their experiences highlighted skills training, time management, change in perceptions, better work ethic and cultural integration as some of the major lessons they attained while on the Erasmus program.
Oyesigye Robert Stuart is currently a lecturer at Kyambogo University and he pursued a Masters in Special Needs Studies on the Erasmus program. He told ChimpReports that as opposed to Uganda, courses offered on the program place a student in a better position to acquire in-depth knowledge on a specific field.
“In my case, I studied Special needs but specifically focused on inclusive education and how to integrate children with special needs in our schools. When I returned, i had relevant knowledge having been an Inspector of Schools at the time,” Oyesigye said.