“As the voice of all European students in higher education and within the Erasmus+ programme, we would like to stress that continued investment in Erasmus+ is needed in order to reach the European wide target of 20% mobile students,” says Sebastian Berger, Vice President of ESU. “We believe that it is a political imperative to take this incredible European success story forward by securing sufficient funding for the next cycle.”
Kostis Giannidis, President of ESN declares that “tripling the funding of the next programme is crucial to ensure more equal access for a larger group of beneficiaries from all ages, especially those from disadvantaged groups, who are still underrepresented within Erasmus+.” Giannidis affirms that “the programme needs to benefit the many, not only the few. Increased accessibility and a focus on creating an inclusive program have to be at the heart of all policy considerations.”
ESU mobility expert and EC member Monika Skadborg concludes with stating that “a strong and well-funded Erasmus+ will reinforce the global dimension of the programme and the internationalisation of education in Europe. This will lead to a more cohesive society, active citizenship and intercultural understanding.”
The European Students Union (ESU) and the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) launched their “Joint Position Paper on the Future of Erasmus+” this morning in Brussels. Read the full “Joint Position Paper on the Future of Erasmus+” here.
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