In November 2012, the European Parliament and the Council following the proposal by the European Commission, officially named 2013 “The European Year of Citizens”. The vision for the European Year of Citizens 2013 is "The better the men and women of Europe understand their rights as EU citizens, the more informed the decisions they can take in their personal lives, and the more vibrant democratic life in Europe can be at all levels."
CIMO - the Finnish National Agency for Erasmus has produced a study of the impact of intenstive programmes entiled "Impact of the intensive courses funded by CIMO in Finnish higher education institutions" by Anna Martin – Miia Mäntylä.
The European Parliament has formally approved budget proposals that cover the shortfall in the 2012 funding for the Erasmus Programme. Earlier fears that students engaging in mobilities in 2013 might have been hit with cuts to their funding have now been averted.
The Higher Education Authority and the Irish Independent are inviting postgraduate research students in any discipline at an Irish higher education institution to make a short submission on the difference that your research work will make to a particular aspect of Irish life, to the country as a whole or indeed, internationally.
The new ICI ECP Call for proposals (EACEA 44 / 2012) has been published in the Official Journal.
An Intensive Programme (IP) co-ordinated by Trinity College Dublin has been selected by the European Commission for inclusion in their prestigious 2012 Erasmus Success Stories publication.
A new study on the impact of partnerships between schools in different countries has found that pupils - particularly at secondary level - significantly improved their skills, including cultural and social skills, IT and foreign languages. The impact of the partnerships was strongest on pupils who visited partner schools. Seven out of ten schools said that the partnerships had a strong to very strong impact on pupils' cultural awareness and expression as well as social and civic competences. This was followed by computer skills (54%) and communication in foreign languages (52%). The partnerships were funded through the Comenius exchange programme, the schools' equivalent of Erasmus.
The following are the presentations and video links from the Erasmus Conference on Learning Mobility, Language Acquisition and Employability on 6 December 2012 at Bewley's Hotel, Ballsbridge Dublin.
Well done to IT Tallaght, Dublin Erasmus student Mariano Montesinos who completed his 9 day 1064km cycle tour of Ireland on Wednesday 5 December 2012. The trek was part of the celebration of the 25th Anniversary of the programme.
Details of the 6th Call for proposals under Tempus IV have been published.
Former President of Ireland, Mary McAleese in an interview with the Times Higher Education Supplement has commented "the Erasmus student exchange programme, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year, showed the EU at its best. I wish it [had been] around when I was a student."
The Erasmus team is happy to introduce you to a new European initiative called Check-in Europe.
Louise Farrell, an Irish and Psychology student at NUI, Galway was the subject of the My Education Week series in the Irish Times.
Spanish Erasmus student Mariano Montesinos is nearing the end of a gruelling 9 stage cycle tour of Ireland. Mariano is seen left with some friends he has made on the trip.
Commission Communication:Rethinking Education: Investing in skills for better socio-economic outcomes The above communication was adopted by the European Commission on 20 November 2012. Rethinking Education aims to help Member States to deliver informed and evidence-based policies, clearly demonstrating how education must contribute to the drive for growth and jobs. It is an important contribution to the European Commission Annual Growth Survey. It sets out a number of policy priorities, focusing on the delivery of the right skills for employment, increasing the efficiency and inclusiveness of our education and training institutions, new approaches to funding and working collaboratively with relevant stakeholders.