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Belgian embassy to increase scholarships for VN students

Belgium is likely to increase the number of scholarships it grants to Vietnamese students to attend various Belgian universities next year, from the 75 awarded this year, said Alfred Fickers, first secretary for development co-operation at the Belgian Embassy in Viet Nam.

Fickers spoke at a send-off party in Ha Noi yesterday for this year’s Vietnamese scholarship recipients who will leave Viet Nam for Belgium shortly.

The scholarship programme targeted young, motivated academics, researchers, project staff and others with a potential to contribute to the development of Viet Nam upon their return, Fickers said.

"Priority will be given to research and study programmes that contribute to institutional capacity building, and as for candidates, to women and people coming from remote and isolated areas," he added.

Fickers particularly praised Vietnamese students’ hard work and intelligence, saying they would enjoy their stays in Belgium.

Phuong Mai, a lecturer in banking and scholarship recipient, expressed her appreciation and said she would learn a lot on modern finance in order to teach her students more effectively.

Dinh Thi Nguyet, who returned from Belgium two years ago, said her masters course on methodologies of education was very useful for her work in Viet Nam.

Next year’s intake will begin in October 2005. Interested candidates can obtain additional information about the scholarships from the Belgian Technical Co-operation’s website or by contacting the Belgian Embassy in Ha Noi.

Vietnamnews - (07/09/2005)


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