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ERASMUS Reception A Great Success for the European Documentation Centre

17 November 2009

Speakers from the event

From left to right: Andy Klom, Kate Samways and Ian Thomson.

The European Documentation Centre (EDC)'s recent ERASMUS Reception was a great success, and attended by over 100 students from 13 European countries, lecturers and University ERASMUS Co-ordinators.

The annual event welcomes visiting ERASMUS students to Cardiff, promotes the programme to British students, and provides opportunities for networking.

Andy Klom, Head of the European Commission's Office in Wales, spoke at the event to welcome the students, and explained how the ERASMUS programme can have a lasting benefit on students' future careers.

Kate Samways from Cardiff University's School of European Studies was recently named the 2 millionth ERASMUS student, and spoke to attendees about her experiences during her year in France and Italy.

Ian Thomson, Director of Cardiff EDC, said: "This was our most successful ERASMUS Reception to date, and it was great to see so many students visiting Cardiff on their ERASMUS programme.

"Historically, UK students have been somewhat less enthusiastic to participate in an ERASMUS exchange than their counterparts from continental Europe," continued Ian. "We hope that by providing information and the opportunity to hear the experiences of other students, that greater numbers of British students will jump at the chance to study in Europe as part of their degrees."

This was one of a series of events that the Cardiff EDC arranges to promote its information and resources on Europe. To view the programme of events and to find out more, visit the EDC's website.

Further details of the ERASMUS programme are available on the British Council website.