08/07/2013 at 12:00
Where: Brussels, Belgium
Topic: Culture, education and youth
Organiser: European Commission
The latest figures for Erasmus student mobility will be presented by the Commission on 8 July.
The first Erasmus students - just over 3 000 young people from 11 countries - left to study abroad in 1987. Today more than 250 000 students a year benefit from the hugely popular exchange programme, which covers all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
Erasmus is open to students and staff – most report that their Erasmus experience enriched both their personal and professional life. Well-known Erasmus alumni include Cecilia Malmström, the European Commissioner for Home Affairs, Jyrki Katainen, the Finnish Prime Minister, Helle Thorning-Schmidt, the Danish Prime Minister and Jakub Chrenowicz, the first conductor of the Podlasie Opera and Philharmonia in Poland.
At institutional level, Erasmus funds also support joint projects, summer schools and networks. Along with individual staff mobility, these are instrumental in improving the quality of education of today's students and opening up universities and colleges to cooperation with the world.
The new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due for launch in January 2014, will build on the legacy of Erasmus by offering opportunities for 4 million people (most under the age of 25) to study, train, teach or carry out voluntary work abroad by 2020. The international experience and skills they gain increases their employability and career prospects. The new programme is expected to have a budget of around €14.5 billion for 2014-2020 - 40% more than the current programmes.
12.00 Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the main Erasmus statistics for the academic year 2011/12. A press release will be available on the day.