Extracts from the press conference by Androulla Vassiliou on Erasmus figures for the Academic year 2009-2010
Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, held a press conference on 6 June 2011 to present the Erasmus figures for the Academic year 2009-2010. More than 213 000 students received 'Erasmus' grants to study or train abroad during the 2009-2010 academic year – a new record and 7.4% increase on the previous year's figure.Erasmus is the world's most successful student exchange programme and, on current trends, the EU will reach its target of supporting 3 million European students by 2012-2013 since the programme's launch in 1987. The three most popular destinations for students in 2009-2010 were Spain, France and the United Kingdom. Spain sent the largest number of students abroad, followed by France and Germany. 61% of Erasmus students were female in the year in question.The EU invested 415 million euro in Erasmus in 2009-2010.