Volume 12 - December 14, 2006 - Pielke\'s Perspective

Mobility in Europe and the Recent Developments

bridges vol. 20, December 2008 / Letter from Brussels

By Sabine Neyer

At the European level, every type of mobility up to the mobility of Higher Education Students falls under the category of "Lifelong Learning," a

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program consisting of several branches: Comenius for schoolchildren, Leonardo da Vinci for people in vocational education and training, Grundtvig for adults, and - the most prominent branch - Erasmus for university students. The main aim is to foster European Mobility within the EU Member States and other countries participating in this program (EFTA-countries, candidate countries, Western Balkan countries, and Switzerland) . The whole program is endowed with around €7 billion. Looking at the Erasmus program, one can see significant increases in the number of participants. Since 1992 more than 42,000 students have participated: From 4,100 students in 2007, numbers have increased to an estimated 4,573 participants in 2008. There is no doubt that this program in general, and the program branch Erasmus in particular, is one of the European success stories.


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