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8 - 10 Mai 2012 Conference - Copenhaguen, Denmark :


The Celebration is part of the official programme during the Danish EU Presidency.

The celebration of the Erasmus 25th anniversary is a part of the official programme during the Danish Presidency of the Council of the European Union. The celebration will be held, mainly, in the form of a conference on Europe Day, 9 May 2012. The conference will focus on the future of the Erasmus Programme and consists of a plenary session followed by parallel workshops, covering topics such as: Erasmus going global, strengthening of the links between education and the entrepreneurial labour market, and ensuring the attractiveness and the impact of the Erasmus Programme in the years to come.   

Recently 66 persons, two from each country participating in Erasmus, were appointed ambassadors to the Erasmus Programme. This Erasmus ambassador corps will play a leading role in the anniversary conference by presenting and discussing their thoughts and perspectives on the successor to the present Erasmus Programme with the participants in the conference.

Venue: University of Copenhagen, Frue Plads 3, Copenhagen. 

The Programme is attached


Link to the 2014-20 Erasmus Manifesto

  • A force for change in higher Education
  • Breaking down barriers across Europe
  • Improving links between education and work
  • Erasmus goes global
  • Reaching out to under-represented groups
  • Retaining appeal by boosting results
  • Giving credit for study and work abroad
  • Staff exchanges and the multiplier effect
  • Forging new learning paths and virtual exchanges
  • Building on the Erasmus Experience


What do Picasso, Mc Cartney, Einstein and Erasmus have in common ?



 The Erasmus Ambassadors - 25th Anniversary 2012

Erasmus Staff Ambassador France :

Home institution: Lycée Ozenne, Toulouse, France
Field of study: International trade
Year became active in Erasmus:

“It gives you new ideas for your own teaching”

Richness, sharing and pleasure” are what Nathalie Brahimi gained from her Erasmus mobility. It served two purposes. “The main reason was to put the structure in place for exchanges by our own students. But I also took the opportunity to do some teaching in the Netherlands.” At the Lycée Ozenne in France, she was already teaching her subject – international trade - in English, and she wanted her students to gain more experience of the language. So she was looking for a partner with English-medium teaching in the same field. That search took her to the Saxion University in the Netherlands.

Once back in France, I talked to my colleagues in other sections of the Lycée and motivated them to get involved in Erasmus.” Now, three of its technical sections have partnerships with eight institutions in the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Turkey and Germany. And a Romanian partner will be joining them soon. Over the course of two years, 21 of the Lycée's students took part in Erasmus mobility, as well as 11 staff members. Erasmus is “a great enrichment” that she would not hesitate to recommend to other institutions. “Naturally, there are some initial hesitations about the work involved, but it's well worth the effort. You're brought into contact with new teaching methods and other cultures. And that gives you new ideas for your own teaching back home. It shakes up your routine and makes you progress.” But above all, Erasmus is appreciated by her own students. “It's their enthusiasm and their feedback that has inspired me to keep on seeking new exchange partners.”   

Nathalie Brahimi is also French Foreign Trade Advisor in charge of helping French companies enhancing their business abroad. This network shares on a voluntary basis the experience of its members : in providing government with their recommendations, in sponsoring small companies in their international expansion, in educating and informing young people about international trade careers...

CNCCEF website
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Download the complete Brochure Erasmus Ambassadors

Launch Conference of the 25th anniversary of the Erasmus Programme

 The 25th anniversary celebrations of the Erasmus Programme were launched at a press conference by the Commissioner responsible for education, culture, multilingualism and youth, Androulla Vassiliou.

She was joined by 66 "Erasmus ambassadors" from the 33 countries participating in the scheme. One student and one staff member have been chosen to represent each country, based on the impact Erasmus has had on their professional and private lives.

During a 1 ½ day launch conference the Erasmus ambassadors discussed the programme's impact and shared their vision for its future while working on an "Erasmus Manifesto", which will be unveiled during the Danish EU Presidency conference on "Celebrating Erasmus 25 years past achievements and future perspectives" in Copenhagen on 9th May 2012. In addition, the Erasmus ambassadors were awarded during a ceremony in Théâtre de Vaudeville for their commitment to the programme by Commissioner Vassiliou and were received by the newly elected President of the European Parliament, Martin Schulz.

Please see the pictures, read and listen to the stories of the ambassadors or follow the conference highlights.

 Presse release


Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years

Erasmus, the world's most successful student exchange programme, celebrates its 25th anniversary this year. Nearly three million students have benefited from a study period or work placement abroad since the creation of the Erasmus programme in 1987.

Under the slogan, 'Erasmus: changing lives, opening minds for 25 years', the silver anniversary celebrations will be launched today by Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. Erasmus mobility is at the heart of the Commission's strategy to combat the crisis and youth unemployment.

"The impact of Erasmus has been tremendous, not only for individual students, but for the European economy as a whole. Through its support for high-quality teaching and a modern higher education system, with closer links between academia and employers, it is helping us to tackle the skills mismatch. It also gives young people the confidence and ability to work in other countries, where the right jobs might be available, and not to be trapped by a geographic mismatch" said President Barroso.

Commissioner Vassiliou added: "Erasmus is one of the great success stories of the European Union: it is our best known and most popular programme. Erasmus 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. Demand for places strongly exceeds the resources available in many countries – one of the reasons why we plan to expand opportunities for study and training abroad under our proposed new education, training and youth programme, Erasmus for All".

In the 2011/2012 academic year, more than 250 000 people 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 top 'sending' countries are expected to be Spain, France, Germany, Italy and Poland. The EU has allocated around € 3 billion for Erasmus for the period 2007-13.

Erasmus for All would bring together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing seven existing programmes with one. This will increase efficiency, make it easier to apply for grants, as well as reducing duplication and fragmentation. Under the new programme, the aim is for up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, to get the chance to study, train or teach abroad. The Commission's proposal is currently being discussed by the Member States and the European Parliament, which decide the future budget.




 The EUC Extented Erasmus University Charter, May 2008
Erasmus Code F TOULOUS08

2011-12-our SMS Student Mobility Study:

3 Students from Fontys University Tilburg - First Semester:

2009-10-our SMS Student Mobility Study:

February - June 2010:

We have been welcoming a Dutch Erasmus student from Saxion University Enschede-Deventer. The Netherlands.

For a minor programme in International Trade

  • Feb-April: student mobility study
  • May-June: Work placement in a French company

Lifelong Learning Programme


Student Mobility

Are you interested in studying or working in another EU country? Would you like to learn a new language? Do you want to improve your employability skills? Are you  interested to experience different cultures?

Well then the Erasmus programme is available to help you. It provides funding for students to participate either in a Student Mobility Study (SMS) or a Student Mobility Placement (SMP).The programme gives you the opportunity to study or work in another EU country for a period of between 12 weeks to 52 weeks.

To participate in a SMS you must be a national of a participating country.

Moreover youhave to be registered at a HEI (Higher Education Institution) which holds an EUC Erasmus University Charter and enrolled in undergraduate or postgraduate study programme (up to and including doctoral level).The EUC should be available for you to see and read before undergoing an Erasmus study period.

On the otherhand to participate in a SMP same rules for SMS are applicable. You can undergo a placement period either at another HEI such as Ozenne High School !

Teaching Staff mobility:

Teaching staff mobility enables staff to spend a teaching period between 1 day - or at least 5 teaching hours – and 6 weeks at a higher education institution in another participating country.

The objectives are:

  • To encourage higher education institutions to broaden and enrich the range and content of courses they offer;
  • To allow students who do not have the possibility to participate in a mobility scheme, to benefit from the knowledge and expertise of academic staff from higher education institutions and from invited staff of enterprises in other European countries
  • To promote exchange of expertise and experience on pedagogical methods;
  • To create links between higher education institutions and with enterprises;
  • To motivate students and staff to become mobile and to assist them in preparing a mobility period.

Teaching and other Staff (STT) at the HEI can also participate in the Erasmus programme by undergoing a training period between 1 to 6 weeks in another participating HEI. Once again both sending and receiving institutions must be holders of an EUC unless the training is held in an enterprise where the contract between the three partners is binding.



*HEI Higher Education Institution





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