On June 13 2017, Erasmus programme has entered its 30th year. The official celebration happened at the European Parliament in Strasbourg. The President of the European Commission Jean-Claude Juncker, the President of the European Parliament Antonio Tajani, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport Tibor Navracsics have personally attended the ceremony and awarded 33 representatives of the Erasmus generation.
But the party has begun long time ago! Isn’t? Well, this is not true only for your Erasmus experience.
Many events have been launched across the continent to celebrate the most successful and recognised European programme. The full list is available on the official website for the 30 years of Erasmus. Be sure not to miss the party!
EucA was at the 8th Edition of the European Youth Week in Rome on the 4th and 5th May, celebrating Erasmus with almost 200 young people. There were no panels, but many people willing to share their Erasmus period, which is not only an experience abroad but widely includes vocational training, internships, volunteering, sport, employability.
The future of the Erasmus programme is very long, and it has entered a decisive phase of digitalisation thanks to the new Erasmus app, that you can download for Android or iOS.
Thanks to this App the Students can easily track their progress in the different administrative steps before, during and after their stay abroad. They will also be able to agree and sign their study agreements online. It is a tool to help others integrate into the local community and will also contribute in improving the language skills via a direct link to the Erasmus+ Online Linguistic Support platform, offering online tutored courses and interactive live mentoring.
To complement this effort the European Commission has launched the Erasmus+ Generation Online Meeting Point. It involves the Erasmus+ generation in shaping the future of the programme, offering young people and organisations the opportunity to engage in debates with youth, education and training experts, propose topics, identify problems, and put forward solutions.
EucA is very proud to have contributed to the growth and development of Erasmus, especially through our E-QUA project. The aim of the project is to enhance the quality of the experience abroad for students and get recognition of the many soft skills developed by a learner during a mobility period.