Ambassador Rensje Teerink, Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh, hosted the Erasmus+ pre-departure event in collaboration with Erasmus Mundus students and Alumni Association (EMA) for newly selected Erasmus+ students who will benefit from an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree (EMJMD) scholarship at Hotel Lakeshore (Dhaka) on 16th July 2019. This year, Bangladeshi students have achieved 78 Erasmus+ EMJMD scholarships for conducting two years joint Master degree program, fifth position as a top country of scholarship winners.
First session of this event started by presenting welcome video screening- “Study in Europe” and “Erasmus+: Opening Minds”, then opening remarks and speeches delivered from representatives of EU Member States diplomatic missions and honorary consulates. Thereafter, ‘Presentation of the Erasmus+ program and the participation of Bangladesh’ presented by Wieke Waterschoot, Program Manager- Education and Human Development, EU Delegation to Bangladesh. Later, EMA South Asian chapter president and ex-country representative of EMA Bangladesh, Ar. Sazzad Hossain presented the Erasmus Mundus students and Alumni Association (EMA) following the Bangladesh Perspective, the activities and the social engagement. The first session had ended following the speeches from two recognized EMA Alumnus and two new Erasmus+ beneficiaries.
The second session commenced by the interactive question and answer session where representatives of EU Member States diplomatic missions & honorary consulates, EMA Alumnus and new Erasmus+ beneficiaries took part. The new Erasmus+ beneficiaries also interacted with other Erasmus alumni members, who shared their experiences of studying in Europe. The program ended with group photographs, buffet and further networking among the participants.
At academic year 2019-2020, 78 Bangladeshi students starting to study in numerous European cities for completing Masters enrolling in different areas such as environmental sciences, nanochemistry, educational studies, economics, food science, health, IT, law and development studies. The Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh expected that Erasmus+ helps its beneficiaries to build resilience, adapt to the changing global environment, seize new opportunities and make the most of their talents, and new knowledge gained will surely have a far-reaching applicability in Bangladesh and contribute to making progress towards the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.
Report by Md. Ashiqur Rahman, Country Representative of Bangladesh, Erasmus Mundus Students and Alumni Association (EMA).