The Dutch government has granted scholarships to 69 Ghanaians to study in The Netherlands in various disciplines.
Forty-two of the candidates would be pursuing masters degree programs in various diciplines, such as Water Resource Management, Public Health, Rural development and Food Security, while 24 of them would also be pursuing short courses in Climate Change Management, Food Security, Urban Management and Development, among others through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP).
A statement from The Netherlands Embassy in Accra said a pre-departure briefing for the 69 new students, who will be leaving for The Netherlands in October this year, would be held today.
It said the briefing is an annual event organized by the Netherlands Alumni Association in Ghana (NAAG) and the Embassy in Accra.
From 2011 to 2014, the Dutch government has spent a total of GH¢26 million (€6million) on NUFFIC NFP scholarships for Ghanaian students. The NFP is a scholarship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands for individuals and aims to help increase the supply of skilled labour in Ghana, as well as strengthen the various organizations of the beneficiaries.
“Half of the available scholarships are allocated to women and candidates who live in disadvantaged regions,” the statement indicated.
Besides The Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) scholarship for individuals, the Dutch government continues to support education in Ghana through tailor made training which promotes capacity by providing training for professionals on the request of a specific organisation, and The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE)and Vocational Training, which focuses on the country and policy priorities identified in the Dutch bilateral cooperation programme.
In line with the current development policy of the Netherlands, the programme focuses on water & sanitation, sexual and reproductive health and rights, and agriculture.
The NFP programs are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.
By Times Reporter