Edinburgh is representing the UK at an event marking the success of the EU’s student exchange programme.
A delegation is attending the 30th anniversary celebrations of the Erasmus+ scheme, which take place at the European Parliament in Strasbourg.
Edinburgh is the sole UK institution at the event – in recognition of the University’s position as the UK’s top organisation for international student mobility.
The event, on Tuesday 13 June, brings together universities, students, educators and politicians from across the world.
The €14.7 billion Erasmus+ programme was launched in January 2014 and combines the EU's schemes for education, training, youth and sport.
Since 1987, an estimated nine million people have taken part in the European Union’s student and staff exchange programme, 600,000 of them from the UK.
Edinburgh has participated in the Erasmus initiative since 1987 and has received approximately €18 million of funding from the programme.
The event in Strasbourg will showcase the positive impact of the Erasmus+ programme on European citizens.
The celebrations will emphasise cooperation between EU countries as a powerful instrument for sharing common European values and contributing to learning and development.
The event will be attended by Antonio Tajani, President of the European Parliament. Jean-Claude Juncker, President of the European Commission and Donald Tusk, President of the European Council, will also be there.
A prize-giving ceremony will mark the achievements of 33 current – and former – participants of the initiative from each participating country.
The future of the Erasmus+ programme will be discussed by students, MEPs, education institutions and programme directors.
The programme in the UK is managed by the British Council, in partnership with international research company Ecorys UK. Erasmus+ allocated €15 million to more than 170 projects in Scotland in 2016.
Edinburgh was awarded almost €1.5m for Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility (ICM) in 2016, making Edinburgh the UK’s biggest recipient of this type of funding last year.
The University recently announced that it will provide certainty for all 2018-19 entrants whose programmes include compulsory study abroad.
Edinburgh is guaranteeing international mobility support for all 2018-19 undergraduate entrants who are required to complete a year abroad during their study.
Thirty years of Erasmus funding has enabled more than 7,000 Edinburgh students and staff to study, train, volunteer or teach abroad. We now has more than 500 Erasmus exchange links with more than 300 partners in Europe. Our priority is to develop these vital research and exchange links, and so help to maintain Edinburgh’s standing as a truly global university.
We are delighted that Edinburgh will be representing UK organisations at the event, as they are one of the UK’s biggest sending and receiving institutions. Attending the event and meeting Commissioners presents an opportunity to highlight the UK’s continuing enthusiasm for the Erasmus+ programme.