Undergraduate students in the College of Agriculture and Natural Resources (COANRE) have been urged to explore postgraduate scholarship training opportunities in Belgium.
This was revealed during an academic meeting held on Monday, October 16, 2023 at JKUAT that saw speakers from Ghent University, in Belgium shed light on a wide range of exciting prospects under the Erasmus Mundus and VLIR-UOS programs which are tenable at the university.
Scholarship opportunities discussed included fully-funded programs for students to pursue postgraduate degrees in Aquaculture, Food Technology, Environmental Science and Technology, Pharmaceutical Engineering and Rural Development among others.
According to the Dean, School of Food Science and Nutritional Sciences (SOFNUS), Prof. Arnold Onyango, Belgium is known for its advanced research and technology in various fields, and there are advantages of studying in a country known for its vibrant culture, world-class universities, and rich history.
“Through these scholarships, our students can gain exposure to cutting-edge technologies and innovative practices which can be applied to improve different sectors. The networks formed can be valuable when addressing international issues or implementing solutions for current challenges in Kenya,” Prof. Onyango, explained.
Ghent University representatives stressed the country’s commitment to nurture future leaders in agriculture and environmental sciences. They emphasized the significance of international collaboration and encouraged students to seize the chance to become global scholars.
The event also accorded students a platform to make inquiries and engage meaningfully with the visiting experts. Students sought advice on the application process, eligibility criteria, and academic experience in Belgium. The presenters gladly addressed these queries and offered guidance on preparing competitive scholarship applications.
COANRE students expressed optimism and readiness to consider the opportunities in higher education and international collaboration, as the promise of academic and personal growth in Belgium now beckons.