The Jakarta Post
The Delegation of the European Union (EU) to Indonesia, Brunei Darussalam and ASEAN held a two-day European Higher Education Fair (EHEF) to respond to increases in the number of Indonesian people who are interested to study in Europe.
The delegation's head of cooperation, Franck Viault, said Europe, with a wide variety of countries and cultures and a large number of universities, had continued to improve its educational institutions.
'The EU dedicates a huge amount of investment for research and education. We hope students, including international students such as Indonesian youths, can benefit from the investment,' said Viault in a press statement made available to The Jakarta Post on Sunday.
Currently, Europe draws around 45 percent of total students from around the world who pursue their higher study abroad. Europe is also getting popular as a study destination country among Indonesian students.
This year, more than 4,000 Indonesian students left for Europe to pursue their under and post-graduate degrees.
In total, there are around 7,000 Indonesian students who are currently studying in Europe, up by more than 30 percent compared to the previous year.
Europe hosts more than 4,000 higher education institutions and many of them are among the world's foremost universities that offer modern facilities and a large number of research opportunities.
Viault said EU and its member countries as well as universities offered various universities to help students covering their study costs in Europe.
'Every year, EU and its member countries offer 1,700 scholarships for Indonesian students to study in Europe,' said Viault.
One hundred and fifteen institutions from 15 European countries took part in the education fair which was held in Grand Sahid Jaya Hotel and ended later this afternoon. For the first time, EHEF was held in Surabaya, East Java, on Oct.9. (ebf)
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