The Dutch government grants 69 Ghanaians scholarships to study in The Netherlands in various disciplines.42 of the candidates will be pursuing masters degree programs, in various diciplines such as Water Resourse Management, Public Health, Rural development and Food Security, etc. 24 of the 69 students would also be pursuing short courses in Climate Change Management, Food Security, Urban management and development,etc.through the Netherlands Fellowship Programme (NFP).
A pre departure briefing for the 69 new students, who will be leaving to pursue their studies in the Netherlands in October, 2015 will be held at the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands on 13th August, 2015. This is an annual event organized by the Netherlands Alumni Association in Ghana (NAAG) and the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands in Accra.
From 2011 to 2014, the Dutch government has spent in total GH?26,000,000.00 (?6million) on NUFFIC NFP scholarships for Ghanaian students. The NFP is a scholarship programme of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands for individuals and aims to help increase the supply of skilled labour in Ghana.And strengthen the various organizations these students currently work with. Half of the available scholarships are allocated to women and candidates who live in disadvantaged regions.
BesidesThe Netherlands Fellowship Program (NFP) scholarship programme for individuals, the Dutch government continues to support education in Ghana through;
The Tailor Made Training (TMT), which promotes capacity by providing training for professionals on the request of a specific organisation, and The Netherlands Initiative for Capacity Development in Higher Education (NICHE) and Vocational Training, which Focus is on the country and policy priorities identified in the Dutch bilateral cooperation programme. In line with the current development policy of the Netherlands, the programme focuses on Water&Sanitation, Sexual and Reproductive Health and Rights (SRHR) and Agriculture.
The NFP programs are initiated and fully funded by the Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs under the budget for development cooperation.