During 2014, the first year of the Erasmus+ programme of the European Commission, 3,598 people from Cyprus participated in learning mobility plans, while 79 institutions/organisations were approved for participation in strategic partnerships, the European Commission announced on Wednesday.
According to the data, in the period 2013 to 2014, under the old Erasmus programme, 395 students from Cyprus visited other higher education institutions in Europe and 803 incoming students attended or did internships in institutions/organisations in Cyprus. Meanwhile, 138 teachers and other staff in higher education institutions from Cyprus went abroad and 355 came to Cyprus from other countries.
The mobility plans provide opportunities for young people to experience learning mobility in Europe and for youth workers to develop their interpersonal skills and improve their employment prospects through training and networking opportunities in Europe.
Strategic partnerships are meant to foster cooperation between organisations in different countries. By working together, the organisations involved are encouraged to develop new approaches to work.
The Erasmus+ programme began in 2014 and will run for seven years with a budget amounting to €14.7 billion.
It is expected that more than four million Europeans will take part.