Kodjo Adams, GNA
Accra, Dec 9, GNA –
Hungary as part of its commitment to support brilliant but needy students, has
increased the number of scholarships for Ghanaian students from 50 to 100,
beginning September 2020.
As part of the
initiative, the President of Hungary would visit Ghana in January 2020 to
finalise discussions on the scheme and open applications in September 2020.
The initiative is to
provide educational opportunities to Ghanaian students to acquire skills and
knowledge and contribute meaningfully to the country’s socio-economic growth.
The grant package
covers payment of accommodation, full tuition, feeding and monthly stipends.
Mr Andras Szabo, the
Hungarian Ambassador to Ghana, announced this in an interview with the Ghana
News Agency in Accra during the visit of Dr Tristan Azbej, the State Secretary
in charge of Hungary Helps Humanitarian Aid Programme to Ghana.
Ghana and Hungary
signed the Education Cooperation Agreement in 2016, which guaranteed at least
50 scholarships each year for Ghanaian students to study in Hungary.
re-opened its diplomatic mission in Ghana in April 2016, after it was closed in
1987 due to financial constraints and following the collapse of the Soviet
The first Embassy
was opened in Accra in 1961.
He said Hungary was
committed to support achieve ‘Ghana Beyond Aid’ agenda and explore ways of
cooperation between the two countries for mutual benefits especially for the
poor in society.
“We believe that
empowering the youth with the needed educational foundation and setting up
social programmes for their livelihoods will liberate them from their poor
state to a more befiting life”,he added.
The Ambassador said
migration for greener pastures had become a global phenomenon especially in the
developing countries which poses serious threat to country’s security space,
and that their outfit believed that empowering the young through technical and
humanitarian assistance would ameliorate the situation.
He said‘if a village
is out of young people, that village cannot prosper anymore, so we want to
empower them to be productive and stay in their own village.
“We want to improve
skills technology and help in other sectors of the economy including;
agriculture, engineering and technical education and make them useful in their various
communities to prevent rural-urban migration and migration to other countries”.
Dr Lawrence Tetteh,
an Economist trained in Hungary commended the contribution of Hungary
government in helping Ghanaian and African students to attain higher education
for national development.
Ghanaians to take advantage of the opportunity and maximised the full benefits
of the scholarship scheme for their growth.