Written by Godfrey AKON

FG opens portal for 2020/2021 BEA scholarships

A portal has been opened by the federal government to commence registration for aptitude test to enlist candidates for the 2020/2021 Bilateral Educational Agreement, BEA, scholarships.

Minister of Education, Malam Adamu Adamu, announced in a statement signed by the Deputy Director of Press in the ministry, Bem Goong, that the ongoing registration is for undergraduate and post graduate categories of the BEA scholarships.

Adamu said candidates for the undergraduate scholarship would be sent to Russia, Morocco, Algeria, Serbia, Hungary, Egypt, Tunisia, Turkey, Cuba Romania, Japan, and Macedonia, all of whom Nigeria has active BEAs with.

He disclosed that postgraduate scholarships were for studies in China, Hungary, Serbia, Turkey, Japan, Mexico, South Korea and Russia, for students whose first degrees are from Russian universities.

The minister said undergraduate awards will cover specialties such as Engineering, Agriculture, Sciences, Mathematics, Languages, Environmental Sciences, Sports, Law, Social Sciences, Biotechnology, Architecture and Medicine, with very limited space. 

He however noted that candidates awarded postgraduate, Master’s degree and PHDs, scholarships were free to undertake studies any field of their endeavors.

While speaking on the eligibility for undergraduate scholarship, he said candidates must possess a minimum qualification of five distinctions, in Senior Secondary School certificates, SSCE, including Mathematics and English language on subject areas relevant to their fields of study.

Adamu, who revealed that the age limit of applicants should be between 18-20 years, added that the certificates from non-African universities must not be older than two years, 2018/2019, while those of African universities must not be older than one year, 2019.

The minister disclosed that applicants for postgraduate scholarships must hold a first degree with 1st class or 2nd class upper division, adding that recipients of previous foreign awards must have acquired at least, two years post-qualification experience or employment practice in Nigeria.

He stressed that the age limit for master’s degrees was 35 while that of PHDs was 40. BEA scholarships are also offered by Nigerian universities to partner nations.

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