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New Erasmus+ programme launched in Lebanon: increased mobility for Lebanese universities and students

MIGRATION_JobFuturepicture erasmus plus lebanonEU-Lebanon Higher Education Cooperation Day: New Erasmus+ Call for Proposalsis the annual Information Day recently organized at Notre Dame University in Louaize by the National Erasmus+ Office in Lebanon.

Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020. It succeeds Tempus, Erasmus Mundus and many other EU education and youth programmes, and will continue to support public and private universities in their efforts to modernise their systems and curricula through transnational partnerships.
Since the beginning of its implementation in Lebanon in 2002, the Tempus programme funded 58 projects involving 22 higher education institutions and 20 partners from the socio-economic sector, with an overall budget of around €16 million (EU Neighbourhood Info).Participants – Rectors, Deans, staff from the Lebanese higher education institutions, representatives of the socio-economic sector and organisations active in higher education – had the opportunity to network with National Erasmus+ Officers from Syria and Palestine who also presented the cooperation prospects with their respective universities.

“The new Erasmus+ programme that we are presenting today offers new opportunities to Lebanese students, academics and higher education institutions alike. Building on the close links that already exist between our higher education institutions, Erasmus+ is yet another proof of the European Union’s commitment to strengthening academic cooperation with Lebanon”, said Ambassador Angelina Eichhorst, Head of the Delegation of the European Union. “With this new program –  she continued – we will be able to support even more exchanges and to provide even more assistance. We will offer more individual grants for students from Southern Mediterranean countries and of course from Lebanon, wishing to study in European Union countries. Erasmus+ will support universities on both sides of the Mediterranean to strengthen their international outlook and to create better networks,” she added.

The event was held under the auspices of Minister of Education and Higher Education Elias Bou Saab, and in collaboration with the Delegation of the European Union to Lebanon.

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