8 July 2013: European Commission publishes annual Erasmus statistics
Today, Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, will present the main Erasmus statistics for the academic year 2011/12.
The first Erasmus students, just over 3 000 young people from 11 countries, left to study abroad in 1987. Today more than 250 000 students a year benefit from the hugely popular exchange programme, which covers all EU countries, as well as Switzerland, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway and Turkey.
The new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport, due for launch in January 2014, will build on the legacy of Erasmus by offering opportunities for 4 million people (most under the age of 25) to study, train, teach or carry out voluntary work abroad by 2020.
The international experience and skills they gain increases their employability and career prospects.
The event will be webcast live [ http://ec.europa.eu/avservices/ebs/schedule.cfm?sitelang=en&page=1&institution=0&date=07/08/2013 ]here from 12.00 CET.