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A new programme to support language learning has been announced last week. It’s called “Erasmus for All” and you find find out more here (press release) and here (FAQs). Erasmus for All would bring together all seven current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport.
From the FAQs: “Erasmus for All is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport. It would start in 2014 and would significantly increase the funds allocated for the development of knowledge and skills. Erasmus for All is based on the premise that investing in education and training is the key to unlocking people’s potential, regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increase their personal development, gain new skills and boost their job prospects.”
Europe Direct LeedsÂ supports language learners in its own way, by offering an informal language exchange. To find out more and to sign up click here.
Yesterday Europe Direct Leeds hosted an interesting afternoon on the topic “What has Europe ever done for us?”. The event was organised in partnership with the Young European Movement.
It was a discussion and information event on the 60th anniversary of the Schuman Declaration and its significance for the future of Europe, Social Policy and Student Mobility.
Chair Brendan Donnelly, Director of the Federal Trust for Education and Research, was joined by speakers Dr. Nick Robinson, Lecturer in Public Policy, and Dr. Simon Lightfoot, Senior Lecturer in European Politics, from the University of Leeds.
After a short film about the history of the European Union, Brendan started the discussion by introducing the Schuman declaration and the Monnet method. He gave some background information and but the declaration into context.
Nick followed by giving a talk on the question if “Is Money the Path to Affection?”. He elaborated on (mis)understanding the impact of EU social policy.
Simon gave a brief talk about the Erasmus Programme. As many members of the audience had taken part in the programme he got a very positive reaction and the benefits of the programme were reinforced.
The following discussion came to the conclusion that Erasmus is “the flag bearer of promoting mobility” and more people should be encouraged to experience the European Union first-hand. Speakers and audience agreed that programmes such as Erasmus and services such as Eures and Europe Direct can help bring the EU closer to the citizen, and might also reinforce benefits of being both an EU and UK citizen.
All speakers were very welcoming to the audience and happy to engage in discussion.
Thank you very much to everyone who was involved in the planning an success of this event.
Every year over 180,000 students across Europe study in the Erasmus University exchange programme. Students spend a semester or academic year at a foreign university to develop their language skills and for new experiences abroad. Here British Green MEP Alyn Smith and a Lithuanian intern Egl? Draugelyt? at the European Parliament talk about their experiences.
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Are you thinking about setting up your own business or are you already a successful entrepreneur? If so, Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs could be for you! http://www.erasmus-entrepreneurs.eu/
Erasmus for Young Entrepreneurs is a pilot project initiated by the European Union (EU). It aims at helping new entrepreneurs to acquire relevant skills for managing a small or medium-sized enterprise (SMEs) by spending time in a business in another EU country. It contributes to improving their know-how and fosters cross-border transfers of knowledge and experience between entrepreneurs.