DUT HOSTS THE EUROPEAN STUDY FAIR
By: Tony Manyangadze
Delegates from Europe and representatives of international offices of various universities in South Africa converged for the opening of the 2013 Study in Europe Fair at the Durban University of Technology (DUT) Thursday.
The European Commission in partnership with the International Education Directorate at DUT are hosting this event. This two-day occasion is set to furnish South African nationals studying at any of the partnering universities to get an insight on how to apply for a scholarship to study abroad.
“This fair is to profile opportunities for local students to study at European Universities. It is also to highlight the scholarship and funding opportunities that exist in the European Union for local students,” said Dr Lavern Samuels, President of the International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) and Director of International Education and Partnerships at DUT in a press release.
Harald Hartung, European Commissioner for Education and Culture, graced the official opening and spoke about the purpose and goals of this longstanding partnership between South Africa and nine European countries.
According to Hartung, the partnership is going to promote the idea of participating countries working together on an equal footing to facilitate joint degrees between local and international participating institutions.
The University of the Western Cape, which is the coordinating university for AESOP in South Africa, will be exhibiting at the event. This is one of the many initiatives that offer scholarship to Masters and Doctorate students to study abroad.
“It’s a knowledge transfer window for students and even staff members to advance skills abroad,” said Peter Johnson Smith, an exhibitor from University of the Western Cape, the coordinators of AESOP in South Africa.
If you are a hardworking student and your results and academic records correspond, then you are eligible to apply.
“Obviously, we look at your academic records, your behavior and motivational letter stating why you should be considered for the scholarship’,” said Smith.
“It’s a one of a kind experience where everything is covered from accommodation, food, travel expenses and even a monthly allowance,” he added.
The fair is set to go on until 7 September 2013 and students and staff from all institutions are invited to attend.