Brussels, July 4, IRNA-The European Commission announced Monday that it has selected 803 third-country students and 133 third-country scholars from all over the world to receive the Erasmus Mundus scholarships for the next academic year (2005-2006).
The students will study in Europe for one or two years to obtain a European masters' degree from one of the 35 Erasmus Mundus masters courses.
The Erasmus Mundus program is the EU's co-operation program in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries.
The students will follow their courses in at least two universities in two different countries, giving them the opportunity to familiarize themselves with European lifestyles, cultures and languages.
On their part, the scholars will spend an average of three months in Europe working for one of the Erasmus Mundus masters courses.
The 455 students selected under the general Erasmus Mundus program come from 84 different countries, including Brazil (35), Russia (31), Ukraine (23), USA (20), China (18), Mexico (18), and Nigeria (18) and Iran (10).
The 353 students selected under the Asian windows come mainly from India (133), China (67), Pakistan (31), Thailand (28), and Malaysia (23).
Besides 2 Iranians are among the 133 scholars selected.
Nearly 30 million euro will be used to fund the 803 Erasmus Mundus students. More than 1.5 million euro have been set aside to fund the scholars.
The student grant will vary between 21,000 and 42,000 euro depending on the duration of the courses.
Scholars' grants will be on average 13,000 euro for a period of 3 months.
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