Why the UK should stay in Erasmus – and why the programme must look beyond students

Posted in Governance and administration on March 16th, 2017 by steve

“Although some non-EU member states do participate in the Erasmus student exchange programme, it is unclear whether the UK will continue its participation following Brexit. Charlie Cadywould writes that educational and cultural exchanges will be vital for ensuring Britain does not close itself off from Europe, but that programmes like Erasmus need to do a much better job of encouraging those not enrolled at a university, such as vocational learners, to take part …” (more)

[British Politics and Policy at LSE, 16 March]

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Generation Erasmus: Halfway Home

Posted in Life on January 12th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Four months ago, if someone had told me that I would miss Nice while I was home in Ireland, I would have laughed. But the unimaginable happened and I miss the rich blue sky, the anonymity as I walk the streets (you’ll never be anonymous in Dublin) and the otherness of it all …” (more)

[Mia Colleran, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Erasmus tips: How to survive at a French university

Posted in Life on January 9th, 2017 by steve

“As the Erasmus scheme marks its 30th birthday, many students are preparing for a semester at a French university. Here’s the inside word on the things you need to know before studying in France …” (more)

[The Local, 9 January]

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Generation Erasmus: ‘Erasmus doesn’t give you exactly what it says on the tin’

Posted in Life on November 11th, 2016 by steve

IrelandWhy did you decide to go on Erasmus? My fear is that I’ll become too comfortable in one place and stop learning, so Erasmus seemed to make the most sense. As a musician you never stop learning, you’re always learning from someone or something and I could sense that I was getting too comfort able in my own little bubble …” (more)

[Mia Colleran, Irish Times, 10 October]

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Reverse-Culture Shock

Posted in Life on October 25th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Upon return from erasmus, not only does one have to cope with the comedown of a six month high, one is also welcomed home by the alienating sensation of reverse-culture shock. This feeling results in many humorous anecdotes which lead us to identify with the ironic phrase of being too foreign for home and abroad …” (more)

[Emily Binchy, University Observer, 25 October]

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Generation Erasmus: ‘University in Nice is not what I expected at all’

Posted in Life on October 14th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“My whole concept of the passing of time is forever changing while on Erasmus. Some days it feels like I just woke up and already the day is gone. Other days I stare out the window wondering why time is dragging and reminding myself that I only have two weeks until I’m home in green, familiar, Ireland …” (more)

[Irish Times, 13 October]

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Trinity’s Admin Failings Hinder an Otherwise Incredible Erasmus Experience

Posted in Governance and administration on October 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“When I first heard of Erasmus aged 16, my priority became to benefit from a European exchange. I saw it as an incredible opportunity, one that would open many doors and provide me with unique experiences. However, my difficulties began with the very makeup of my course, political science and geography, which is comprised of two cross-faculty disciplines and severely lacks administrative coordination. But, as I would come to realise, the difficulties did not end there …” (more)

[Stephen McLoughlin, University Times, 7 October]

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Colleges to get €10.5m EU funding

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“University College Cork is among the Irish higher-level institutions that have been awarded €10.5m to take part in global projects.The grants, which have been awarded through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ programme, will allow universities and institutes of technologies to carry out project work in a number of areas around the world including the western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia and the south Mediterranean …” (more)

[Elaine Loughlin, Irish Examiner, 3 October]

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The Increasing Dominance of English

Posted in Governance and administration on October 3rd, 2016 by steve

Holland“Teaching in English was introduced in Dutch research universities, and later also in universities of applied sciences, in the late 1980s and early 1990s. It was the result of increasing cooperation and student exchange in the framework of European programs, in particular Erasmus, and bilaterally with other countries …” (more)

[Hans de Wit, Inside Higher Ed, 2 October]

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Erasmus: Declassified

Posted in Life on September 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Jennifer Brereton’s honest account of the trials and tribulations she encountered. Before I left for my year abroad, in a little corner of my mind, I naively rejected the belief that Erasmus wasn’t going to be a typical college year …” (more)

[Trinity News, 24 September]

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Government urged to protect EU Erasmus student exchange scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 13th, 2016 by steve

UK“Calls for Brexit minister David Davis to safeguard programme, which allows students to study in EU for free for a year. David Davis is being urged to protect a £112m EU student exchange scheme, due to fears the UK will be locked out of the programme after Brexit. The Erasmus programme’s leaders fear it will not be front of mind in Brexit negotiations …” (more)

[Lisa O’Carroll, Guardian, 13 September]

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Broader benefits of Erasmus+

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – In ‘Will Brexit make Erasmus scheme unworkable?’ (Opinion & Analysis, August 17th), Prof Paul McCutcheon rightly identifies the benefits of European mobility – cultural and educational enrichment, as well as increased opportunities and an enhancement of skills …” (more)

[Fionnuala Broughan, Irish Times, 22 August]

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Brexit could make Erasmus scheme unworkable for Irish institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 17th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Would the EU be willing to put special compensatory measures in place if Ireland were to accept appreciably more Erasmus students than its current capacity would allow? Commentary on Brexit in this country has focused on political and economic issues, with little attention given to how it may affect higher education …” (more)

[Paul McCutcheon, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Erasmus programme with UK to continue for at least two years despite Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 30th, 2016 by steve

UK“The European Commission says student exchange programmes between the Republic of Ireland and Britain will continue for at least another two years until the UK formally leaves the EU …” (more)

[Elaine Power, Newstalk, 29 June]

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My Erasmus experience

Posted in Life on June 3rd, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Luca Arfini spent 9 months on Erasmus in Dublin. These are his thoughts on the place he now considers to be a second home. I arrived in Dublin in late September when the weather was still not so rainy. With its lovely green spaces, its warm and international atmosphere and the pubs full of friendly people I fell in love with the city from the very beginning …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 June]

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Erasmus+ launches €30m Masters fund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 3rd, 2015 by steve

EU“The European Commission has released details of a new Erasmus+ sponsored loan scheme worth up to €18,000 to Irish graduates who want to study for a Masters degree in France …” (more)

[Irish Times, 2 December]

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Returning to Trinity early will be difficult for students on Erasmus in France after Paris attacks

Posted in Governance and administration on November 25th, 2015 by steve

IrelandTrinity News has spoken to a number of Trinity students taking part in the Erasmus programme in France who have said that College has given them to understand that coming back to Trinity early for students who feel unsafe because of the recent terror attacks in Paris will be very difficult to facilitate …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 25 November]

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ERASMUS Programme: Bethlehem University

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 5th, 2015 by steve

IrelandMaureen O’Sullivan (Dublin Central, Independent): To ask the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Trade if he will support the students at Bethlehem University by strongly condemning their exclusion from the European Union Student Mobility Programme, ERASMUS, while Israeli students are permitted full membership but Palestinian institutions such as the University of Bethlehem are not; his views that this is unfair; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 November]

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Trinity Must Rethink its Approach to Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 27th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“Last week, The University Times published a story written by a close friend of mine. In it, he told the story of how his grades from an Erasmus year in Spain, marred by struggles with mental health, left him ineligible to advance to fourth year. He was advised that, apart from arguing his case through the proper channels, there was absolutely nothing else to be done …” (more)

[Daniel O’Brien, University Times, 26 October]

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Erasmus has sown seeds of a truly European identity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 7th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“The European Union was just a symbol to me as a child growing up in Ireland. I suppose I was too busy playing with my friends and collecting stickers to ever pay that much attention to the socio-political landscape forming around me …” (more)

[Stephanie Costello, Irish Times, 6 July]

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