From Erasmus to Erasmus+ a story of 30 years

FROM ERASMUS TO ERASMUS+

We are celebrating the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme in 2017 – a milestone for Europe!

30 years of mobility under the Erasmus programme – now Erasmus+ – have provided Europe with thousands of bridges of trust to study, train or volunteer abroad. Today, Europeans can freely cross borders to learn more from each other’s views and perspectives; exchange experiences and ideas; share values; and start joint projects. Wider horizons, a broader common understanding and a larger toolset define the Erasmus+ generation.

IN THE SPOTLIGHT: ERASMUS+ IS WORLDWIDE

30 years of mobility under the Erasmus programme – now Erasmus+ – have provided Europe with thousands of bridges of trust to study, train or volunteer abroad. Today, Europeans can freely cross borders to learn more from each other’s views and perspectives; exchange experiences and ideas; share values; and start joint projects. Wider horizons, a broader common understanding and a larger toolset define the Erasmus+ generation.

What started in 1987 as voluntary cooperation between 11 European countries has developed into a unique global network. Under Erasmus+, it is now possible for students, staff and young people from all over the world to come to Europe, just as Europeans can go to other parts of the world. As Bart Merci, project coordinator of an Erasmus Mundus Master Degree programme explains, ‘for the students, as much as they learn about other countries they also learn to reflect about their own country.’

The benefits go well beyond individuals: universities and youth organisations from partner countries also benefit from the transfer of ideas and expertise that help build the skills and capacities Europeans need to embrace the challenges of a globalised economy. The people-to-people contact that Erasmus+ projects create is a perfect match for the EU’s foreign policies, which aim to improve Europe’s standing and relations with the rest of the world. This way, Erasmus+ forms part and parcel of the EU’s foreign and diplomatic policy, such as in the new EU-Africa strategy, where higher education and youth cooperation play a key role.

With about 17% of the Erasmus+ budget going towards projects and scholarships with a worldwide focus, the period stretching from 2014-2020 will see this funding translate into 180,000 students and staff moving between Europe and the rest of the world; 1,000 capacity building projects for higher education; and 30,000 scholarships for students worldwide to take part in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree programmes.

The stories you can find in this month’s newsletter, focused on the global dimension of Erasmus+, show the different ways in which the programme is driving forward international cooperation. We are certain that they will not only appeal to you, but inspire you to get involved, take action and make a difference, wherever you are in the world!

MORE INFORMATION
https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/anniversary