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Celebrating 20 years of Erasmus

18 June 2007

Cardiff University will mark the twentieth anniversary of the European exchange programme Erasmus today, 18 June 2007, with a series of events dedicated to the European exchange programme.

Cardiff is one of the leading universities for student involvement in the scheme, which supports academic exchange between the institutions of 31 European countries. Last year the University was awarded the Erasmus E-Quality award for the high standard of its work in planning, promoting and managing the mobility of students and staff in Europe.

The day, organised in conjunction with the British Council, will consist of talks, workshops and presentations by guest speakers and current students participating in the programme. Rose Matthews is the Erasmus Student Mobility Co-ordinator: "With the 20th anniversary of the Erasmus programme the event 'Degrees of added value - Erasmus and European Higher Education' aims to celebrate the impact that Erasmus has had on higher education since 1987 and publicise the many opportunities available for UK university students through participating on the Erasmus programme". "The Erasmus programme provides students with an exciting opportunity to live and study in another European culture while studying towards their degree. Students develop both personally and academically through participating in the scheme and benefit from the experience in a number of ways, including enhancing their employability in an ever more competitive graduate recruitment market".

Sarah Prentice, speaking for the British Council, said "As National Agency for the Erasmus programme we are delighted to have the opportunity to celebrate this milestone in Cardiff. Management of the programme will transfer to our office in Cardiff at the start of the next academic year and our relationship with the University is an important one. Within the new EU Lifelong Learning Programme we have an exciting five year plan for Erasmus, and we look forward to sharing this with our audience at the event."

More than 70 people are expected to attend the celebrations, held today, 18 June 2007 at the Main Building.