Extracts from the press conference by Androulla Vassiliou on Erasmus figures 2011-2012
Type: Summary of press conference
Brussels - EC/Berlaymont
On 8 July 2013, Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, gave a press conference in Brussels to present the annual Erasmus statistics published by the European Commission.
The first Erasmus students - just over 3 000 young people from 11 countries - left to study abroad in 1987. The latest figures for the 2011-12 academic year show that more than 250 000 students benefited from the hugely popular exchange programme, which covers all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
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||Exterior view of the Berlaymont building in Brussels, Belgium
||Arrival of Androulla Vassiliou, Member of the EC in charge of Education, Culture, Multilingualism, Sport, Media and Youth to the press conference on the annual Erasmus statistics
||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): I am delighted to announce to you that a couple of weeks ago we reached a new important milestone in the Erasmus programme and it is 3 million Erasmus students since its establishment in 1987. And I pleased to say that the programme, which has transformed the lives of so many young people, continues to go from strength-to-strength.The latest figures for the 2011-12 academic year show that we have once again broken the record for the number of students taking part in the programme. In total, 253,000 students in Europe received Erasmus grants to spend part of their studies abroad or to go on a job placement in another country.
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||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): In 2011-12, Erasmus also enabled more than 46 000 academic and administrative staff to train or teach at a partner institution abroad. These exchanges help to improve quality of teaching and learning, and help to open up our universities and colleges to cooperation with the world. In this way, the Erasmus programme contributes to the modernisation of higher education in Europe.
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||Soundbite by Androulla Vassiliou (in ENGLISH): As you all know, we have already a provisional agreement for our new programme Erasmus+, our new programme for education, training, youth and sport, will build on the legacy of Erasmus and contribute to our strategy to combat youth unemployment. The programme is expected to have a budget of around 14.5 billion Euros for the period of seven years. That is 40% more than the total of the existing programmes today. This means that this will enable us to give the possibility to about 4 million persons to have a learning mobility abroad, to study, to train or volunteer abroad.