On 26th September, 2019, an Erasmus+ Regional Seminar for Asia was jointly inaugurated by the
Chief Guest, Hon. Minister, Giriraj Mani Pokhrael, Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, and H.E. Veronica Cody, Ambassador of the European Union to Nepal at Hotel Radisson, Kathmandu, Nepal . The seminar is the first of its kind to be organised in South Asia.
Erasmus+ is the European Union‘s programme to support education, training, youth and sports in and outside Europe. Set to last until 2020 in its current form, Erasmus+ doesn't just offer opportunities for students but also for a wide variety of individuals and organisations in the education field. The seminar is organized around the theme of “Academic cooperation and mobility”.
The seminar will provide detailed information on higher education cooperation managed through the Erasmus+ programme. In addition, it will emphasize on the available opportunities for EU-Asia cooperation in the education sector along with regional cooperation inside Asia as well.
Welcoming the Chief Guest and participants of the regional seminar, EU Ambassador to Nepal, H.E. Veronica Cody, said: “On one hand, Erasmus+ offers opportunities for individuals, both students and teachers of all ages, helping them develop and share knowledge and experience at institutions and organisations in different countries . On the other hand, Erasmus also has a comprehensive offer for a wide range of organisations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organisations, and private businesses. Today’s event is more focused on the latter part, for organisations”
Addressing the seminar, Hon. Minister, Giriraj Mani Pokharel hoped that the seminar will build linkages between regional knowledge and the global landscape of higher education and thereby promote a strong mechanism for maximising opportunities for youths to receive quality education. He stressed that the outcome of the meeting will serve as a valid basis for partnership at the programmatic level.
The two-day regional seminar, will make it possible for organisations from different participating countries of Asia to work together, to develop capacity and skills, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth with the view to boosting the number and quality of successful proposals from Asia.