On 15th June 2020, the Erasmus+ Program turns 33 years old.
It was 1987 when the Erasmus programme was born. Since then, the biggest European mobility program has helped more than 10 million students, pupils, learners and young people gain unforgettable experiences abroad and strengthen their skills.
Thanks to the Treaty of Rome (1957), nowadays we have the luck to live in a Europe without borders, where people can freely move among countries and where working and studying abroad is possible and easy. With the launch of Erasmus student exchanges in 1987, we have witnessed more openness in Europe, enabling an increasing number of young Europeans to take advantage of all that Europe has to offer. Europe is not the same as 30 or 60 years ago and today’s Erasmus+ generation cannot even imagine a life in a Europe with closed borders: they identify not only with a given city or country, but also with Europe.
Erasmus+ is the programme of the European Union for Education, Training, Youth and Sport in Europe: it doesn’t just provide opportunities for a wide variety of individuals and organisations aimed to study, train and gain experience abroad.
Now called Erasmus +, the program has expanded into six different sectors:
- Learning Mobility of Individuals (Key Action 1 in the field of Education and Training);
- Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices (Key Action 2 in the field of Education and Training);
- Support for policy reform sector (Key Action 3 in the field of Education and Training);
- Jean Monnet Activities;
The aim of the Erasmus+ Program is to contribute to the Europe 2020 strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion, as well as the aims of ET2020, the EU’s strategic framework for education and training. Erasmus+ also aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Since its creation in 1987, millions of lives have been enriched by the opportunities offered by Erasmus+ and its predecessor programmes and the skills which can be gained from an international experience.
Today June 15, 2020, is the Erasmus+’s birthday and a photo competition was recently organised to celebrate the 33 years of existence and the diversity of Erasmus+ through a selection of 33 winning pictures illustrating the Erasmus+ landscape.
Participants had to upload a picture and to provide a short description of it, explaining how the Erasmus+ (or one of its predecessor programmes) impacted on their lives. More than 1600 entries were received in total, from participants coming from more than 70 countries.
If you are interested in participating in an Erasmus+ mobility project and need more information, visit the Erasmus+ section on our website to find out which is the best opportunity for you!