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[Europe] Record 270,000 study abroad through Erasmus in a year

A record 270,000 students obtained European Union grants to study or train abroad in 2012-13, according to statistics released by the European Commission last Thursday. The most popular destination countries were Spain, Germany and France.

“Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Liechtenstein, Finland, Latvia and Spain,” according to a commission press release.  (...) - University World News, 11 July 2014 Issue No:328

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[Suisse] Le nationalisme scientifique

L’initiative de l’UDC «contre l’immigration de masse» ne peut pas être résumée à une initiative anti-Erasmus, martèle la CUAE. Pour l’organisation étudiante, c’est la lutte contre la discrimination des étudiants étrangers non issus de l’Union européenne qui doit être prioritaire. (...) - Agora, par CUAE, 02/4/2014

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Erasmus: les recteurs belges regrettent les "représailles" contre la Suisse

Erasmus: les recteurs belges regrettent les "représailles" contre la Suisse | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
"Si la Suisse mérite des sanctions, l'éducation et la recherche devraient faire l'objet de mesures d'exception."
Lettre ouverte du Conseil des Recteurs Francophones de Belgique aux plus hautes autorités.

Lettre ouverte adressée aux plus hautes autorités européennes, aux députés européens belges, au Premier ministre et aux vice-Premiers ministres du gouvernement fédéral, aux ministre-présidents des gouvernements communautaires et régionaux, au ministre de l’Enseignement supérieur et au ministre de la Recherche scientifique de la FWB. (...) - La Libre, 17/03/2014

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[Suisse] Les partenaires du programme Erasmus s'activent

[Suisse] Les partenaires du programme Erasmus s'activent | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Tous les partenaires officiels du programme Erasmus sont invités à se retrouver lundi 3 mars à Berne. But de la réunion: offrir une réponse cohérente des institutions suisses envers les universités européennes. (...) - 24heures.ch, 20/02/2014

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Suisse/migration : l'UE décide de punir les étudiants et les universitaires suisses

Suisse/migration : l'UE décide de punir les étudiants et les universitaires suisses | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L'UE a gelé un certain nombre de bourses pour les universités suisses après que le gouvernement du pays ait décidé par référendum de limiter la migration depuis l'Union européenne. (...) - La Voix de la Russie, 17/02/2014

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Universités : Erasmus se sort bien de la crise

Universités : Erasmus se sort bien de la crise | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

"La popularité d’Erasmus s’envole avec la crise", note La Vanguardia. Selon un rapport présenté par la commissaire européenne à l’Education, Androulla Vassiliou, le programme d’échange universitaire européen a dépassé le cap des 3 millions d’étudiants depuis sa création en 1987.

Le programme, qui va être réformé, "compte un million de bénéficiaires supplémentaires en seulement 4 ans, parallèlement à l’aggravation de la crise économique". Parmi les nouveautés : Bruxelles fixera un montant minimal pour la bourse de chaque étudiant selon le pays de destination, et plus seulement un maximum. (...) - presseurop.eu, 09/07/2013

 

 

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Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU

Big changes in student mobility needed, says LERU | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Europe’s top research universities are pushing for more structured forms of student mobility, to build on the achievements of the Erasmus exchange programme, which they say is reaching its limits. Newer forms of ‘networked’ and ‘embedded’ student mobility are needed.

These forms of student mobility will be costly and will possibly require difficult decisions and commitments from institutions, governments and the European Commission, says the League of European Research Universities, or LERU, which represents the top 21 research-intensive universities in Europe. (...)  - University World News, by Alan Osborn,02 May 2013, Issue No:270

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Erasmus is key to Europe’s future – Don’t diminish it

The economic situation in Europe has hit young people very hard. A good education that prepares them for a world that is increasingly fast-moving, mobile, interdependent and multicultural is fundamental to ensuring they do not become a 'lost generation'.

Over the past 25 years, the European Union's (EU) Erasmus programme has allowed nearly three million young Europeans to study abroad. More recently, Erasmus has also supported job placements in companies abroad. (...) - University World News, by

Gerard Byrne, 25 November 2012, Issue No:249

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Calls to protect EU research and exchange funding

Universities and individuals – who have been signing a petition at a rate of 4,000 a day – have called on Europe’s political leaders to protect the Horizon 2020 research and Erasmus for All exchange initiatives at an upcoming European Council budget summit.

Heads of state are due to discuss the long-term budget for 2014-20 and Multi-annual Financial Framework research organisation on 22-23 November, following a call of the Cypriotic chair of the European Union (EU) to adjust budgets downwards. (...) - University World News, by Jan Petter Myklebust, 11 November 2012, Issue No:247

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Modernising higher education and the workforce

Higher education is a powerful driver of long-term growth. Evidence shows that economies with higher numbers of graduates in their population also have higher economic growth.

 

In other words, as well as being a profitable choice for the individual, investment in higher education is profitable for the economy as a whole and its capacity to improve living conditions.

 

Europe needs to expand the number of people who have qualifications at higher levels. While the number of low-skilled posts in the European economy is predicted to decline by around 20% in the decade up to 2020 and medium-skill jobs will increase by 5%, demand for higher education graduates is set to increase by 20%. (...) - University World News, Margaret Waters,14 October 2012

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[Suisse] Suite d'Erasmus: les étudiants ne sont que "la pointe de l'iceberg"

[Suisse] Suite d'Erasmus: les étudiants ne sont que "la pointe de l'iceberg" | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it
Etudiants suisses, non merci! Des universités européennes refusent de signer des accords hors Erasmus avec leurs homologues helvétiques, comme l'a révélé la presse dominicale. Certes minoritaires, les refus nets proviennent notamment de Madrid, Londres, Udinese ou Uppsala. Conséquence: les universités suisses doivent financer l'échange de leurs étudiants. Mais pour Antoinette Charon Wauters, responsable des relations internationales à l'Université de Lausanne, la question des étudiants n'est que la pointe de l'iceberg. Son interview.
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Germany calls for restraint in Swiss-EU relations

German higher education leaders have called on European politicians to resume negotiations on the participation of Swiss academic and research institutions in the Horizon 2020 and Erasmus+ programmes of the European Union.

The Rectors' Conference – Hochschulrektorenkonferenz or HRK – representing the heads of Germany's higher education institutions, argues that given the close links between Swiss academics and those in EU countries, a reflective and pragmatic approach to the outcome of the recent Swiss referendum on immigration would be more appropriate than simply opting for boycott measures.(...) – University World News, by Michael Gardner, 20 March 2014 Issue No:312

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"Not without Switzerland" : appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert

"Not without Switzerland" : appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

Le 26 février, l'UE a communiqué que la Suisse sera traitée jusqu'à nouvel ordre comme un État tiers, et qu'elle sera à ce titre exclue des programmes Erasmus+ et Horizon 2020. L’Union des étudiant-e-s de Suisse (UNES) vient de lancer un appel pour un espace européen de l’enseignement supérieur ouvert; le FNS le soutient également. (...) - SNF, 04/03/2014

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Le Human Brain Project victime collatérale de l’initiative contre l’immigration de masse?

Le Human Brain Project victime collatérale de l’initiative contre l’immigration de masse? | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

L’Union Européenne a suspendu les discussions sur la participation suisse aux programmes de recherches européens, et à Erasmus. Le Human Brain Project pourrait être touché.

Bruxelles avait menacé Berne des conséquences d’une acceptation de l’initiative contre l’immigration de masse. Dimanche, un porte-parole de la Commission européenne a confirmé que l’UE mettait à exécution sa menace, en gelant les négociations sur la participation suisse aux programmes universitaires «Horizon 2020» (recherche) et «Erasmus» (semestres d’études à l’étranger), révèle 24heures.ch.(...)  - ICTjournal, 17/02/2014

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Scandale en Espagne après la suppression de bourses Erasmus

Le ministère de l'éducation espagnol, qui avait décidé de supprimer en cours d'année certaines bourses accordées aux étudiants du programme européen Erasmus, a fait partiellement machine arrière. (...) - AFP via Le Monde, 05/11/2013

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Europe: Mobility initiatives

Report calls for schemes to boost student exchanges across Europe.

 

A university coalition is proposing schemes to expand student mobility. In International Curricula and Student Mobility, out on 25 April, the League of European Research Universities in Leuven, Belgium, argues for networked mobility — in which one university sets up student exchanges with others — and embedded mobility, in which several universities create a curriculum and exchange students and teachers. Each would involve more students than Erasmus, the existing European exchange programme, says Bart De Moor, vice-rector of international policy at the Catholic University of Leuven and co-author of the report. - Nature 497, 278 (2013), 08 May 2013

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Research and Erasmus cuts ‘could have been worse’

Research and Erasmus cuts ‘could have been worse’ | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

After all the scare stories of recent months, the budget settlements for the European Union’s (EU) research and innovation policy Horizon 2020 and the Erasmus for All mobility programme for 2014-20 could well have been a great deal worse. (...)  - University World News, by Alan Osborn, 14 February 2013,  Issue No:259

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European Students demand secure funding for the Education and Youth programmes of 2014-2020

European Students demand secure funding for the Education and Youth programmes of 2014-2020 | Higher Education and academic research | Scoop.it

AEGEE (European Students’ Forum), ESN (Erasmus Student Network) and ESU (European Student Union), Europe’s biggest student organisations, representing more than 11 million students and 30.000 volunteers from 47 countries, call upon the European Union decision-makers for adequate support to education and youth programmes in the budget negotiations under the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2010.

As representative student organisations, we fully support the European Commission proposal to increase funding for education, training, youth and sport programmes to 19 billion EUR over 7 years. We believe that it is the minimum amount required to achieve the objective of sustainable growth and jobs, as agreed in the EU2020 Strategy. (...)

 

Tuesday 13 November 2012, 15.30-17.00 European Parliament Brussels, A5E1

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Talks under way to rescue Erasmus student exchange programme

Last-minute efforts are under way to rescue the European Union’s Erasmus student exchange programme, which has been threatened – along with other EU activities – by budget cuts ordered by the EU Council of Ministers.

The key date is 9 November, when representatives of the council will conclude 21 days of negotiations with delegates from the European parliament in a ‘conciliation council’ to see if funding can be restored. (..) - University World News

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Student mobility threatened by cash crisis

The European Union’s (EU) Erasmus student exchange programme has run into a major budget shortfall and may not be able to fund students studying abroad from next January. “There’s a problem here and certainly something has to be done,” said Dennis Abbott, the European Commission’s education spokesperson. (...) - Alan Osborn, 4 October 2012, University World News

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