Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years
The successful European student exchange programme ‘Erasmus’ celebrates its 25th anniversary. Nearly three million students have benefited from a study period or work placement abroad since the launch of the Erasmus programme in 1987. Several events will take place in the member states dedicated to Erasmus’ anniversary.
The success of Erasmus
According to Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, Erasmus is the most well-known and successful EU programme. The Erasmus programme was launched in 1987. In the first year of Erasmus, 3244 students went abroad to the eleven participating countries in the programme. Currently, 33 countries are taking part in the programme (the 27 EU member states, Croatia, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey).
Long live Erasmus
The anniversary of Erasmus will be accompanied by several events that will be organised in the member states. On the 31st of May, The Dutch National Agency for the Lifelong Learning Programme will organise a conference in Rotterdam dedicated to the Erasmus anniversary. Also the Danish EU presidency together with the European Commission will organise a conference in Copenhagen on the 9th of May.