Brussels, Dec 11, IRNA-The European Commission, the executive body of the European Union, launched Monday a new scholarships scheme that includes 110 scholarships for students and teachers from Iran, Iraq and Yemen.
"Iran remains as important as ever for the EU to continue encouraging and supporting academic exchanges with that country.
Engagement with Iran is the way forward," EU Commissioner for External Relations Benita Ferrero-Waldner told reporters in Brussels.
She said the EU's new "Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window" allows a total of 1300 scholarships for Russia, Central Asia and Iran, Iraq and Yemen.
The 110 scholarships will be divided between Iran, Iraq and Yemen.
Starting in the academic year 2007-'08, the duration of these scholarshis may vary from three months to three years.
The scholarships are targeted at undergraduate, masters, doctorate and post-doctoral students between these countries and the EU, as well as exchanges of academic staff for the purpose of teaching, training and research.
The Erasmus Mundus is the European Union's flagship scholarship program. It provides opportunities for students and academics and for third country students and scholars to study in EU universities.
It also supports cooperation between European and non-European universities.
Since 2004, under the Erasmus Mundus program, 26 citizens from Iran and Yemen have already received grants.
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