The EU’s Education Commissioner Jan Figel has presented a study on the positive impact of the bloc’s higher education cooperation and exchange programme. Figel called it the grandfather of some of the biggest university level reform initiatives in Europe today.
This came just a few days after Brussels announced 950 million euros in funding for its 2009-2013 Erasmus Mundus exchange programme, which seeks to welcome non-EU nationals to study in Europe. Figel underscored that 46 European countries have agreed to establish a European Higher Education Area by 2010. Since 1987, Erasmus has had more than 1.5 million participants.