On 5th September 2021, the IEEE AIUB Student Branch successfully organized the webinar session titled “Erasmus Mundus Association Bangladesh’s Symposium Series 2021-“One Scholarship Preparation, Thousands of Opportunities Erasmus+Mundus, Marie Curie and Hundred other European Scholarships” in collaboration with the   Erasmus Mundus Association. The IEEE AIUB Student Branch organized this webinar session using the ZOOM Meeting platform amid the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, while everyone is caged up in their houses. The major focus of this webinar was to give a brief idea about the procedure of applying for Masters’ or PhD degrees at Erasmus and other European universities including the all the trifles of this cosmopolitan opportunity to attain a worldwide transcription of post-graduate degrees.

The session was inaugurated by Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique HossainDean, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB; Advisor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; who welcomed the honorable Speakers Md. Ashiqur Rahman and Sayed Muhammad Baker and also the participants. Mr. Hossain talked about importance of scholarship and also discussed about the Erasmus Mundus Association and their scholarship opportunities opening international doors for Bangladeshi students. Then Prof. Dr. ABM Siddique Hossain thanked the honorable speakers for joining this event and also thanked IEEE AIUB Student Branch for taking this bold initiative of organizing such an informative session.

The session started with the opening remarks from the speaker Md. Ashiqur Rahman; Vice President; Erasmus Mundus Association; Research Fellow; Spanish National Research Council (Spain); H2020 project of ED-ARCHMAT PhD. The honorable speaker started the session by showing his gratitude towards IEEE AIUB Student Branch, and the participants. The speaker started his presentation by introducing himself and then discussed the scholarships preparation, the secret of becoming successful, and why higher study in abroad is important.

Later, Md. Ashiqur Rahman talked about HSA statistics Information for Bangladesh, Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees, EMJMD Funding scholarship and showed EMJMD Scholarships in International level. He then added their success rate around the world, how and why to apply to the EMJMD program as well as talked about the period of application. After that he discussed about the Marie Sklodowaska-Curie Actions (MSCA) and scholarship opportunities in countries like France, Switzerland, Netherlands and Italy.

Finally, Md. Ashiqur Rahman concluded his speech by discussing how the participants can ensure to be a better candidate for the selection process.

Afterward, Sayed Muhammad Baker; Country Representative for Bangladesh, Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA AISBL); PhD Candidate (H2020 MSCA); Technical University of Kaiserslautern (Germany); Project Engineer, COHERENT-DILAS Diodenlaser GmbH (Germany); Lecturer at American international university-Bangladesh (AIUB) (on study leave) took the floor. Firstly he introduced himself and thanked everyone for arranging such an informative session. Then he discussed about the selection criteria for the master’s programand the importance of a quality CV.

The speaker concluded his speech by suggesting everyone to focus on IELTS and thanking everyone for joining the event.

Therefore, an interactive Question-and-Answer session took place where the speakers effectively answered the questions from the participants.

Later, Dr. Mohammad Hasan Imam, Counselor, IEEE AIUB Student Branch; Education Activity Coordinator, IEEE Bangladesh Section; Computer Society Chapter Advisor; Associate Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB took the platform and presented the token of appreciation to the honorable speakers. And then he gave the concluding speech where he appreciated the initiative taken by the student branch to organize this webinar session and thanked the honorable speakers.

The session graced by the presence of Mr. Kawshik ShikderMotivator, IEEE AIUB SB, Asst. Professor, Faculty of Engineering, AIUB along with other faculty members and students as well as 380+ registered participants from different universities along with executive branch members and volunteers.