Archive for Erasmus

Studying Abroad and Labour Market Mobility

Posted in Life with tags on 28 February 2011 by Steve

Abstract: We investigate the effect of studying abroad on international labour market mobility later in life for university graduates. We exploit the introduction and expansion of the European ERASMUS student exchange programme as an instrument for studying abroad …” (more)

[Geary Behavioural Economics Blog, 28 February]


Have-less versus have-lots: Erasmus Scheme’s ‘unfairness gap’ criticised

Posted in Fees and access with tags on 15 January 2011 by Steve

“.. However, as it approaches its quarter-century, the equitability of the scheme is a matter of debate, and it remains unclear whether students in some participating countries – rich or poor – get as much out of it as those from others. Some observers see a growing ‘unfairness gap’ as a result of the distribution of funding …” (more)

[Hannah Fearn, Times Higher Education, 15 January]

French are Erasmus mobility champions

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 13 June 2010 by Steve

“The French are the new ‘champions’ of student mobility under the European Union’s flagship Erasmus programme. More than 28,000 students left France with the scheme last year for higher education studies abroad – an increase of 9%. They dislodged the Germans who had formed the biggest Erasmus contingent since 2003-04 …” (more)

[Jane Marshall, University World News, 13 June]

Life is either a daring adventure or nothing …

Posted in teaching with tags , on 31 March 2010 by Steve

“I was lucky enough to attend the launch of the wiki Das Auslandsjahr in Deutschland yesterday evening, on a dark, cold March evening at NUI Galway. Despite the bleak weather beating against the windows, inside the classroom of AM205 a heart warming tale unfolded of collaboration and triumph for an engaged class of third level students …” (more)

[Learning Technologies, 31 March]

Erasmus Je T’Aime

Posted in Fees and access with tags , on 29 March 2010 by Steve

“It’s hard to answer that all encompassing question – what is Erasmus like? I’ve thought about it many times and I guess now – sitting on the balcony of my sunkissed apartment, basking in the early springtime warmth, cradling my goblet of wine at 11 in the morning and eating a French baguette peppered with sophistication and exclusivity – is the time to tell you …” (more)

[Amy Coleman, Cork Student News, 29 March]

Meet the Erasmus elite: bright stars in a global recession?

Posted in Life with tags on 3 February 2010 by Steve

“What do a loud-mouthed English ladette, a svelte Ukrainian vamp, a dashing Polish casanova and a bagpipe-playing Frenchman all have in common? Bar-stool jokes aside, they’re all members of YRN – the association of European regions’ youth network. About 150 people meet annually to discuss how to use Europe to hoist them out of the economic doldrums. caught up with them in Paris this December …” (more)

[Tim Mac an Airchinnigh, Café Babel, 29 January]

Marketa Tokova, 26: ‘Erasmus is too vague’

Posted in Governance and administration with tags , on 26 January 2010 by Steve

“Set up in 1989, the international Erasmus student network is the largest and oldest. Results from a 2009 study into whether the celebrated European academic exchange programme is correctly recognised and understood between and in universities appeared negative; we hear from the president of the network on its virtues and faults …” (more)

[Jane Mery, Café Babel, 25 January]

Mobility slows but EU wants many more to join Erasmus

Posted in teaching with tags , on 29 October 2009 by Steve

EU“Push for 3 million students by 2012 as Commission aims to bolster programme. It involves more than 4,000 higher education institutions in 31 countries, has been running for 22 years and has just celebrated the participation of its 2 millionth student. But Erasmus, the European Commission’s flagship overseas-study programme, could be in danger of missing its targets despite student mobility now being at the heart of Europe’s education agenda …” (more)

[Phil Baty, Times Higher Education, 29 October]

EU student exchange programme outdated, says founder

Posted in teaching with tags , , on 29 September 2009 by Steve

EU“The EU needs to upgrade its 22-year old student exchange programme and move towards more cutting-edge educational policies, one of its founders told this website. Established in the late 1980s, the Erasmus programme has seen some 2 million students spend a semester in another European country and get their studies recognised back home. The European Commission proposal initially met resistance in France, Germany and the UK, who were unwilling to spend money on a community-funded student exchange programme in parallel to their existing national schemes …” (more)

[Valentina Pop, EU Observer, 15 September]

Crowley says EU Erasmus is key project for Cork youth

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 June 2009 by Steve

Ireland“Ireland South MEP, Brian Crowley has today praised the success of the EU Erasmus project to date and said that the programme is evidence of the way the European Union is enriching the lives of young people in Cork through education. Erasmus is the initiative whereby a student from one third level college can go and study for a period of up to one year in another EU country …” (more)

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Erasmus a driving force

Posted in teaching with tags , on 1 March 2009 by Steve

“The European Union’s ERASMUS programme to boost mobility and cooperation in higher education across the continent has been a driving force in shaping the landscape of higher education, a new report states. The report says the programme has contributed to improving, opening up and modernising higher education institutions and education policies. Participation in ERASMUS has led to innovation in core areas such as teaching and learning methods, recognition of study periods, support services for students, research activities, business cooperation as well as institutional management. Ján Figel, European Commissioner with responsibility for education, training, culture and youth, said ERASMUS had been ‘the grandfather of some of the biggest reform initiatives in higher education in Europe today’ …” (more)

[University World News, 1 March]

HEA to encourage more mobility in education

Posted in teaching with tags , on 20 November 2008 by Steve

“Measures to encourage more students to do part of their study abroad are to be considered by the Higher Education Authority, a conference has been told. Michael Kelly, chairman of the policy and funding body for third- level education, said he would like to see more students avail of opportunities provided by schemes such as Erasmus. He was speaking in Dublin yesterday at a conference on encouraging mobility in education. Some 3,000 students come here from abroad every year while about 1,800 Irish students go abroad. A further 200 third-level staff in Ireland also take part in the programme …” (more)

[Alison Healy, Irish Times, 20 November]