‘EU stu­dents ex­change pro­gramme pro­motes friendly ties’

Daily Trust - - EDUCATION - By Mis­bahu Bashir

The Euro­pean Union said its Eras­mus Pro­gramme which al­lows ex­change vis­its by stu­dents to Euro­pean and Nige­rian univer­si­ties en­cour­ages friendly ties among na­tions.

The Union’s In­ter­na­tional Pol­icy Of­fi­cer Deird­ere Lennan made the re­marks dur­ing the 7th In­ter­na­tional Con­fer­ence on Qual­ity As­sur­ance in Higher Ed­u­ca­tion in Africa re­cently in Abuja. She said with more than 800 stu­dents from more than 137 coun­tries, Eras­mus pro­gramme pro­motes in­ter­cul­tural and in­ter­dis­ci­pli­nary ex­change of stu­dents all over the world.

“Eras­mus is the pro­gramme the Euro­pean Union of­fer in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Euro­pean and African univer­si­ties and it gives an op­por­tu­nity for stu­dents to be sent to Europe and vice-versa. It of­fers schol­ar­ships to stu­dents to do joint master de­grees abroad and gives op­por­tu­nity to univer­si­ties to col­lab­o­rate and work on new study pro­gramme or in­tro­duce new ad­min­is­tra­tive units ba­si­cally to mod­ern­ize high ed­u­ca­tion sys­tems.”

She said Eras­mus pro­gramme started a year ago, adding that “we used to have four dif­fer­ent pro­grammes cov­er­ing dif­fer­ent parts of the world but they were not cost ef­fec­tive and we de­cided to put them un­der one um­brella. So, Eras­mus cov­ers pro­grammes in the fields of ed­u­ca­tion, train­ing, youths and sports in the Euro­pean Union and also al­lows for all ac­tions in higher ed­u­ca­tion around the world.”

She

said

par­tic­i­pa­tion

is in­creas­ing for the joint master’s pro­gramme but “when you look at the huge num­ber of stu­dents, we think Nige­rian stu­dents can par­tic­i­pate more. That means stu­dents have to look out for Eras­mus Mundus joint de­grees on the web­site. We hope to get about a hun­dred stu­dents for the joint master pro­gramme and 500 stu­dents to do short term mo­bil­ity from Nige­ria.”

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