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Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme celebrates first graduates

The scholarship programme aims to increase educational and employment opportunities for students from the European Union's Eastern Partnership countries.

The Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme provides scholarships for students from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, the Republic of Moldova and Ukraine to study for an International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme with a European studies focus.

The scholarship programme is designed and funded by the European Union (EU) and administered by UNOPS. The New School is the main educational partner for this pilot programme, hosting the scholarship recipients as they complete their studies.

The 30 students – including 20 girls – received their high school diplomas as they prepared to pursue higher education in Europe, the United States and their home countries.

It is a proud moment for us at UNOPS to see the first graduates of the Eastern Partnership European School Scholarship Programme.

Grete Faremo - UNOPS Executive Director

"Take this spirit with you to make a difference to the communities and the world around you. Because it is only by working together that we can address our world’s challenges, big and small," said UNOPS Executive Director Grete Faremo during her address to the graduates.

“I believe that education received at the Eastern Partnership European School in Georgia will lay an excellent foundation to your future endeavours,” said Mikheil Chkhenkeli, Minister of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Georgia, in his address to the students.

The programme fosters cooperation, multicultural understanding, tolerance and support for fundamental values as well as promotes a better understanding of the EU.

Investing in youth is always the best investment.

Olivér Várhelyi - European Commissioner for Neighbourhood and Enlargement

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the New School organized a virtual graduation ceremony to mark this important event, which was attended by more than 1,000 people.

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