Kate Samways, the two millionth Erasmus student and Julia Kennedy, Erasmus institutional co-ordinator from Robert Gordon University, Aberdeen, joined the 25th anniversary celebrations hosted by Commissioner Vassiliou in Brussels this week.
Commissioner Vassiliou said: "Erasmus is one of the great success stories of the European Union. Exchanges enable students to improve their knowledge of foreign languages and to develop skills such as adaptability which improve their prospects. It also provides opportunities for teachers and other staff to see how higher education works in other countries and to bring the best ideas home".
Kate recently graduated from journalism at Cardiff University and will work for France 2 in Paris.
In the 2011/2012 academic year, more than 250,000 students will benefit from the Erasmus programme. The most popular destinations for students are expected to be Spain, France, United Kingdom, Germany and Italy, while the countries sending the most students abroad are expected to be Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Poland.
During 2009/10 academic year, more than 213,000 students received 'Erasmus' grants, but only 11,723 of them were UK students. This compares with Spain who sent the largest number of students abroad (31,158), followed by France (30,213) and Germany (28,854). However, the UK was the third most popular destination for students (22,650), after Spain (35,389), France (26,141).