This year, 139 Indonesian awardees were sent off virtually on July 17, 2021 during a pre-departure event hosted by H.E. Vincent Piket, EU Ambassador to Indonesia and Brunei Darussalam and also invited Prof. Ir. Nizam, MSc, DIC, PhD, Director General of Higher Education, Ministry of Education, Culture, Research and Higher Education of the Republic of Indonesia.
Out of 139 Erasmus awardees, 81 students have received the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master’s (EMJM) degree scholarships. This ranks Indonesia as the 9th country in the world to receive the most Erasmus Mundus scholarships, which showed a significant increase from its 20th place last year. These awardees will study in at least 2 universities in different EU Member States for up to two years.
Meanwhile, there are 58 students and university lecturers who have been awarded with short-term exchange scholarships. This Erasmus mobility programme also provides two-way exchanges whereby European students and scholars will be able to undertake short-term studies and teaching opportunities in various universities across Indonesia. Notwithstanding the COVID-19 pandemic, most of the Erasmus scholarship awardees will be able to leave for Europe to commence their studies in universities in Europe.
Katya Manuella Permana, an Erasmus awardee, will undertake European Master in Public Health in Ireland and France.Another Erasmus scholarship recipient, Yoce Aprianto, will undertake Erasmus Mundus Master of Science in Environmental Contamination and Toxicology in France, Portugal and Spain.
Each year, the EU offers Erasmus scholarships to Indonesian students and lecturers who wish to pursue their Bachelor’s, Master’s or Doctoral degree in Europe. Between 2004 to 2021, the EU has awarded Erasmus scholarships to more than 2,000 Indonesian students and lecturers. Annually, around 1,200 scholarships are provided to Indonesian students and scholars by the EU – through its flagship Erasmus programme – and by the EU Member States. More than 4,000 students and scholars depart to study in Europe every year, both self-funded students or those with scholarships.