In defence of the Erasmus scheme

Students in academic dress outside the Exam Schools, Oxford (picture Mike Knell)

By Richard Laming

Published in EUobserver, 27 March 2006

In the wake of last December’s rather unsatisfactory deal on the EU budget, it is not surprising that the Erasmus student exchange programme is being eyed up for cuts. This temptation should be resisted.

Latest figures announced two weeks ago (16 March) reveal that the scheme is now more popular than ever. Student participation rose by 6 per cent last year and that of teachers by 13 per cent. This is a practical example of European cooperation that is an astounding success.

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