More than 350 university students attended the 30th anniversary celebration of the Erasmus Programme at the Cambodia-Japan Cooperation Center (CJCC), hearing from experts and returning participants of the benefits of studying in the European Union (EU) with a Erasmus+ scholarship, and tips on how to boost their applications.
The Erasmus Programme is named after the famed Dutch 15th century scholar Erasmus of Rotterdam, and offers a number of opportunities for higher education students, Master's and doctoral candidates and staff from around the world to attend universities in the EU. Today's student conference included representatives of EU Member States' Embassies, who were on hand to offer assistance to potential programme participants.
His Excellency Dr. Hang Chuon Naron, Minister of Education, Youth and Sport told the assembled students of the benefits of foreign study, based on his own experience studying abroad in the 1980s, and noted that upon their return to Cambodia students are able to bring new innovative ideas.
Dr. Genoveva Hernandez Uriz, Chargé d’ Affaires a.i. of the EU Delegation to Cambodia, described the Erasmus Programme as “one of the most resounding successes of the European Union,” with some nine million students and academics having benefited in the past 30 years.
“We are very happy to see that Cambodian institutions and students have been extremely responsive to Erasmus. Since 2005, the EU-funded Erasmus+ and formerly, Erasmus Mundus programmes have given scholarships to more than 600 Cambodian students and academic staff to study and lecture in Europe. The extraordinary impact of the Erasmus Programme is to a large extent due to the dynamism of its participants. Erasmus has contributed to create a European and international consciousness and led to friendships, innovative research projects, and the creation of new enterprises,” she added.
Fifty-nine Cambodians were accepted in 2016 to study and work in higher education institutions in Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Germany, France, Finland, Ireland, Italy, Hungary, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, Spain, and Sweden.
In 2017, the EU is also celebrating two other important events: the 20th anniversary of the signing of the Cooperation Agreement with Cambodia, and the 40th anniversary of EU relationship with ASEAN.
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