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Tuesday, October 6, 2009

The 2 millionth Erasmus student

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News Thirty-one students representing each country participating in this program that allows, since 1987, young people to undertake a part of their student's life in a country other than their country of origin, have been symbolically designated as the two millionth student. They are being received at a conference in Lund, Sweden which is intended to reflect on the future of the Erasmus program.

The stories of the 31 selected students are highlighted in a publication accompanying the conference. The Erasmus programme started in 1987, and today more than 180,000 students go abroad annually with its support. In mid-2009 the total number of people who went abroad with Erasmus as students reached 2 million. What is less well known is that since 1997, more than 200,000 teachers from higher education institutions have also taken part in Erasmus to teach abroad. In addition to these exchanges, institutions also work together across Europe through projects and networks funded by Erasmus. The celebration of the 2 millionth Erasmus student coincided with the conference entitled "Erasmus – The way forward and the Green Paper on mobility of young people", organised under the Swedish Presidency of the EU. Discussions focus on improving the Erasmus programme and on how to make going abroad for learning purposes the rule rather than the exception for all young people in Europe. This is the underlying question of the Green Paper on learning mobility for young people, published by the European Commission in July 2009. A public consultation (including an online questionnaire) on this matter is open until 15 December 2009.

Source :  DG Education and Training

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