Friday May 5, 2017 was a special day in Kampala, Uganda's capital. As part of celebrations to mark the 60th Anniversary of the signing of the Treaties of Rome, a key milestone in the European integration process, the European Union Delegation hosted a conference to commemorate 30 years of Erasmus+, the EU's flagship programme promoting projects, partnerships and mobility in the area of education, trainning youth and sport.
Hundreds of young Ugandans keen on tapping into the opportunities of higher education that the Erasmus+ Programme offers, turned up at the Uganda Manufacturers Conference Hall in Kampala, to attend the conference.
The level of interest and engagement was overwhelming as guests listened to first hand accounts of experiences shared by Ugandan alumni of the Erasmus+ programme.
Backed by testimonies shared by several Eramus alumni in Uganda, the EU Head of Delegation to Uganda, Ambassador Kristian Schmidt and Italian Ambassador to Uganda, H.E Domenico Fornara, themselves beneficiaries of the Eramus programme, shared their own experiences and encouraged young Ugandans to take advatage of the benefits of the programme.
Erasmus+ provides credit mobility to students to get a defined period of study from three to 12 months within Europe and later return to their home institutions to complete their studies. Students can as well acquire joint Masters Degrees lasting between one and two years through a consortium of higher education institutions.
“So far, a total of 89 Ugandans have benefitted from the program. I would love to see that number increase," said Ambassador Schmidt.
Ambassador Fornara made a presentation on the history of Europe and major achievements over the past 60 years.