Head of Delegation of the European Union to Bangladesh Ambassador Rensje Teerink on Tuesday hosted the Erasmus+ pre-departure event for the Bangladeshi students who received scholarships for academic year 2019-20, reports news agency UNB.
The students will benefit from an Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree scholarship under the Erasmus+ programme.
Erasmus+ is the EU's programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe.
This year, 78 Bangladeshi students have been awarded with the opportunity to study in numerous European cities for completing Masters or Doctorate programmes in different areas such as environmental sciences, nanochemistry, educational studies, economics, food science, health, IT, law and development studies.
It is the most prestigious study programme Erasmus+ has to offer, full-degree scholarships are funded and the beneficiaries are awarded a joint, double degree, or multiple degrees, upon their graduation, said the EU Embassy in Dhaka.
It is a true investment in the future of a young person and of our European idea, it said.
"Worldwide and in Bangladesh, demand for highly skilled, socially engaged people is increasing. In the period up to 2025, half of all jobs are projected to require high-level qualifications," said the EU Ambassador.
She said high-level skills gaps already exist.
Driven by digital technology, jobs are becoming more flexible and complex. People's capacities to be entrepreneurial, think autonomously and creatively, communicate effectively and be resilient are more crucial than ever, said the EU envoy.
"Erasmus+ helps its beneficiaries build resilience, adapt to the changing global environment, seize new opportunities and make the most of their talents," she added.
The new knowledge gained will surely have a far-reaching applicability in Bangladesh and contribute to making progress towards the 2030 Agenda and its SDGs.
Representatives of the EU Member States diplomatic missions also took part in the event.