The European Union Delegation of India had organised a European Higher Education Fair in Bangalore yesterday. The aim of the higher education fair was to promote affordable, quality education being offered in European Universities.
The fair saw a participation of around 100 European higher education institutions from 23 countries of the European Union.
The education fair proved to be an eye-opener as there were institutions from countries like Latvia, Germany, Sweden, Hungary, France among the many others. From engineering to medicine and vocational courses, the choices these universities offered were immense.
For those students who dreamt of studying in UK, the exhibition opened doors to many other countries with diverse courses.
Between 2000 and 2009, the number of Indian students who went to Europe for higher education increased from 3,348 to 51,556. After UK, Germany and France were the next most favourite destinations.
Indian students are now exploring other countries like Sweden, Italy and Ireland that offer affordable, quality education along with the availability of part-time jobs.
In many countries of the European Union, tuition fees are subsidised by the state, and are therefore at a comparatively low level.
The EU funded Erasmus Mundus scholarship programme has been a great attraction for those students who wish to pursue higher education in any of the showcased European countries. Around 3,400 Indian students had received a scholarship from Erasmus Mundus Scholarship programme funded by the EU between 2004-2013.
The fair helped solve students queries related to Students Visa, admissions, way of life, tuition, and choice of courses.
The countries of the European Union which participated in the EHEF 2014 are as follows:
- Czech Republic
- United Kingdom