Recently Debbie Joel and Christian Jowers attended International Staff weeks at the University of Masaryk (Czech Republic) and University of Granada (Spain) respectively. This was possible thanks to Erasmus+ agreements in place for staff mobility at IDC, allowing us to share work praxis with colleagues from around Europe and the Mediterranean Basin (including North Africa and the Middle East).
The European Union started a student mobility program in 1987, which very quickly grew into something bigger, enriching the lives of more than 9 million participants. In 2014, numerous programs were combined into what we know today as Erasmus+. This platform for European and international mobility and cooperation brings people from different backgrounds together. It provides them with the competences needed to lead independent, fulfilling lives and helps them find their place in society.
Widely recognized as the most successful EU program, Erasmus+ provides a concrete example of the positive impact of integration and international outreach, having enriched the lives of nearly 2 million people from Europe and beyond between 2014 and 2016 alone!
Currently, IDC has 20+ Erasmus+ agreements for student and staff mobility, including EBS Universität für Wirtschaft und Recht, Berlin School of Economics and Law, University Libre de Bruxelles, Sciences Po Bordeaux, Ludwig-Maximilian University of Munich, and Reutlingen University to name a few. We are always looking out for opportunities to increase the number of agreements, and thus enlarge the pool of opportunity for our students and faculty.
In the eve of the 30th Anniversary of Erasmus it is estimated that 1 million babies are the product of long-life relationships that were established during a study exchange! it seems only right that 2017 will be a year of celebrating all the things Erasmus+ has achieved so far, but also a year to reflect on the future we can build together.