ERASMUS Programme – Training in Weapon Systems

Posted in Governance and administration on November 8th, 2018 by steve

IrelandClare Daly (Dublin Fingal, Independent): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if his attention has been drawn to the fact that the EU Erasmus+ education and training programme is now being used for training in complex weapon systems and ballistics (details supplied); and if he will request the Higher Education Authority and all higher education institutes here to withdraw from all activities relating to this programme in view of the fact that Ireland is a neutral state …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 November]

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Worry grows among Trinity students abroad as Erasmus grants remain unpaid

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A multitude of Trinity students studying abroad on the Erasmus exchange programme are yet to receive the first instalment of their Erasmus grant, sparking confusion and concern about finances. Affected students include many of those on exchanges in Scotland, Denmark, France, and Spain, and other Erasmus host countries …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 7 November]

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Erasmus diaries: The difference between Irish and German universities

Posted in Life, Teaching on October 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the mid–term essays coming up, college life is actually getting serious now, and so does today’s column. I bet you feel the same. Today I want to talk to you about the difference between Irish and German universities (or specifically my university of Bonn) …” (more)

[Anne Rieger, SIN, 26 October]

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New Erasmus Proposal: ETUC and ETUCE call for a more inclusive programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 12th, 2018 by steve

“On 30 May 2018, the European Commission published its proposal for establishing “Erasmus” 2021-2027: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. This new proposal will be the successor of the present Erasmus+ Programme 2014-2020, focusing on all education sectors. …” (more)

[ETUCE, 12 October]

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Guidance: Erasmus+ in the UK if there’s no Brexit deal

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 24th, 2018 by steve

“A scenario in which the UK leaves the EU without agreement (a ‘no deal’ scenario) remains unlikely given the mutual interests of the UK and the EU in securing a negotiated outcome. Negotiations are progressing well and both we and the EU continue to work hard to seek a positive deal. However, it’s our duty as a responsible government to prepare for all eventualities …” (more)

[UK Department for Education, 23 August]

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Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“The benefits of study abroad have long been known – the positive impact is so widely accepted that the European Union is currently working towards the ambitious target of having 20% of all students enjoy a mobility experience. We are still far from that figure, but luckier students find themselves propelled out into the world during the course of their studies. Generally, they return more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, culturally aware, multilingual and so much more …” (more)

[Rosie Birchard, University World News, 11 May]

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Erasmus scheme expansion to benefit thousands of Irish students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 14th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Last week Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said one of his biggest regrets was never taking the opportunity to study abroad during his college years. While he says he had the option of going on Erasmus to ‘Berlin, Madrid or Barcelona’, he let the chanceslip by …” (more)

[Arlene Harris, Irish Times, 11 February]

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Ireland must invest in higher education to benefit from Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 26th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Brexit fatigue has set in. While we are delighted that a ‘hard Brexit’ looks likely to be avoided and that the common travel area is to be preserved, we have little sense of what a ‘soft Brexit’ might mean for research and education. Will, for example, the UK disengage from EU research funding or from the Erasmus+ mobility programme? What might this mean for Ireland? …” (more)

[Jane Ohlmeyer, Irish Times, 24 January]

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The Irish role in establishing the Erasmus programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The European Union’s Erasmus+ programme has been in the headlines a lot of late. One of the main reasons was the significant milestone of a 30th birthday celebration …” (more)

[Cathal de Paor, RTÉ, 8 January]

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Brexit: UK in Erasmus student scheme until at least 2020

Posted in Governance and administration on December 15th, 2017 by steve

“The UK will continue to take part in the Erasmus student exchange programme until at least the end of 2020, the prime minister has said. Theresa May praised Erasmus+ and confirmed the UK would still be involved after Brexit in March 2019 …” (more)

[BBC News, 14 December]

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Erasmus: A trickle that turned to a flood

Posted in Life on October 17th, 2017 by steve

“Tens of millions of deaths in the first and second World Wars were young men who succumbed on the soil of foreign countries, miles from their homes. If a driving force behind the creation of the EU (formerly the EEC) was a closer, familial Europe, then there was a clear need to create an antithetical space to the battle field where the continent’s youth could engage …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 October]

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Intake of international students threatened by lack of accommodation

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on May 29th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Chief Executive of the Higher Education Authority (HEA) has warned that Ireland’s focus on attracting increasing numbers of foreign students is threatened by the lack of suitable accommodation. Dr Graham Love, CEO of the HEA, said that there was a shortage of accommodation in Dublin and most other large urban areas …” (more)

[Fionnuala Jones, NewsTalk, 29 May]

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Generation Erasmus: ‘A very different view of Europe’

Posted in Life on April 1st, 2017 by steve

“One of the advantages of going on Erasmus is that you have flexibility in what you study – you can dabble in one or two things that aren’t necessarily related to your course …” (more)

[Mia Colleran, Irish Times, 30 March]

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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]


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]


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]


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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