Nigeria, Hungary sign MoU on award of scholarships




ABUJA – The Nigerian and Hungarian Governments on Monday in Budapest, Hungary, formally signed a Memorandum of Understanding(MoU) for the award of scholarships to 50 Nigerian students in Hungarian universities.

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This is contained in a statement signed by Mr Simeon Nwakaudu, Special Assistant on Media to the Minister of State for Education, Chief Nyesom Wike, in Abuja on Monday.

The statement stated that the scholarship was in the areas of undergraduate and post graduate degree courses for 2014, 2015 and 2016 academic session.

It stated that Wike signed the memorandum of understanding on behalf of the Federal Government of Nigeria.

It also stated that Dr Lazlo Palkovics, Hungarian Minister of State for Higher Education in the Ministry of Human Resources, signed on behalf of the Hungarian Government.

Wike said the bilateral relationship on the sponsorship of 50 Nigerian students in Hungarian universities was an indication of the progress President Goodluck Jonathan administration had attained.

It stated that this was as regards to the sustained development of education which foreign governments were now appreciating.

The statement stated that Jonathan’s administration was happy with the new scholarship window provided by the Hungarian Government for Nigerian students.[eap_ad_2]

It stated that the administration would ensure that only students who were academically sound were short listed for the Hungarian Scholarship Scheme.

The statement stated that the minister informed the Hungarian government that Jonathan had made access to quality education from basic to the tertiary education level as the cornerstone of his educational development policy.

It stated that the new scholarship from Hungary was a welcome development.

The statement stated that Wike expressed satisfaction that the new relationship between Hungary and Nigeria had led to the reopening of the Hungarian Embassy in Nigeria.

It said the reopening of Hungarian Embassy in Nigeria would benefit Nigerian students seeking visa to further their education.

“The Federal Ministry of Education is happy for the scholarship which your government has extended to Nigeria and we commend you.

“For us as Nigerians, we pledge our commitment to the implementation of this MOU,’’ it stated.

The statement also noted that Palkovics said the Hungarian government extended the scholarships to Nigeria as a platform for the promotion of positive educational bilateral relations.

The Hungarian minister said in the statement that with the signing of the MOU both countries would advance their educational cooperation to higher level that would benefit their citizens.

Palkovics urged more Nigerians to take advantage of the high quality of Hungarian educational programme to empower themselves professionally.

The statement said Wike was accompanied by Dr MacJohn Nwaobiala, Permanent Secretary, Federal Ministry of Education.

Others were Mr Edmund Onuoha, Nigerian Ambassador to Hungary and Ms Ifeoma Agunwah, Director of the Federal Scholarship Board. (NAN)[eap_ad_3]

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