Wednesday, March 13, 2013

University College Dublin announces scholarship for Indian students

University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland, in a new funding initiative has announced a scholarship for students from India. The 250,000-euro scholarship funding is for students of both postgraduate and UG programmes commencing in September 2013. Also, the university has launched two new Masters level courses in petroleum geosciences and actuarial sciences. 

According to Gerald Byrne, vicepresident and college principal, UCD College of Engineering and Architecture, "We want to create awareness about the possibilities for Indian students in Dublin in the areas of science, technology and engineering. Also, we are developing a number of new projects with key universities in India. With the funding initiative we want to help more students to come and study here and have a new learning experience. Each scholarship will also have a stipend to cover the living expenses."

Amongst the scholarships announced are two full tuition scholarships at the graduate level, with five 50% tuition scholarships for taught Masters programmes and over 50 scholarships of 2,000 euros . At undergraduate level the university is offering scholarships valued between 50% of the full tuition fee and 2,500 euros.

Besides, the university has three fully-funded government of Ireland scholarships for graduate students from India, for the academic year 2013-2014 . Students must have gained a place on a one-year taught Masters programme to be eligible for these scholarships. The two new courses have been launched as per the growing industry demands.

"The skill-sets required by companies these days have changed. Today, companies are looking for students having broad skill-sets with fundamental understanding of one discipline on the one hand and a high level of creativity on the other. New age entrepreneurs must have innovative capabilities along with business acumen to sustain globally. The courses are global professions, which will offer engagement to students in emerging industries," adds Byrne. Students can apply for these scholarships till April 30. (TOI)

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