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Friday, April 27, 2007

Erasmus celebrates 20 years breaking records of participation

Education - Training, Youth,Schools,Universities,

News he European Commission's flagship action in the field of education, the university exchange programme Erasmus, continued to expand in the academic year 2005/06.

The overall number of students taking part on Erasmus exchanges rose by over 7% the previous year, while the number of university teachers exchanged grew by over 12%. European Commissioner in charge of Education, Training & Culture, Ján Figel', said : " The data published today is another illustration that "Erasmus @ 20" is indeed worth celebrating and that the ever-growing success of the programme is an encouragement to do more in favour of mobility and student exchanges". In the academic year 2005/2006 154,553 Erasmus students benefited from a university exchange, an increase of 7.3% the previous year. Over the same period 23,462 university teaching staff also participated in Erasmus exchanges, an increase of 12.4%. Most of the 31 participating countries experienced a growth of incoming mobility, whereas the figures for outgoing mobility were more varied. Spain remained the most popular destination for students, welcoming 26,629 over the year, with France in second place (21,424), followed by Germany (17,886) and the United Kingdom (16,365). The most distinctive increases in student and teacher mobility were again observed in the Member States that joined the EU in 2004. Student exchanges in those countries continued to rise on average by 19.9% during 2005/06, while teacher mobility increased by an average of 20.3%. The academic year 2005-2006 was also the second year in which Turkish universities successfully participated in the Erasmus programme: 2852 Turkish students benefited from outgoing mobility, an increase of about 150%, and 828 students had the opportunity to study in Turkey. 581 teachers left Turkey for Europe, an increase of over 70%. Erasmus gives university students the opportunity to study for a period of 3-12 months at a university or higher education establishment in another participating country. Erasmus also provides support to teachers giving generally short courses, as part of the official curriculum of a partner university in another European country.

Source :  The Erasmus Programme


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