IN THE SPOTLIGHT
CSF coordinators take part in Erasmus+ conference in Lithuania
Two coordinators of the Working Group 4 – Yaryna Borenko and Nikolai Kvantaliani participated in the Information Day on Erasmus+ for Eastern Partnership countries that took place in in Kaunas, Lithuania last week. During the event the Presidency outlined the new possibilities that the programme will open for students and academic staff from the Eastern Partnership countries once it kicks in January 1st, 2014. After the opening statement by Dainius Pavalkis, Minister of Education and Science of Lithuania Jan Truszczyński, Director General, European Commission, DG Education and Culture talked about recent developments and challenges in EU higher education and synergies with Eastern Partnership countries.
'Internationalisation of higher education is currently the key topic on the European agenda – said the Minister – and academic mobility in the educational system is a prerequisite for international collaboration. The discovery of the world and its diversity, allows us to become more open for dialogue. In this modern global world where business, production and culture cross national boarders, it is very important to have a solid platform for effective intercultural collaboration, for partnerships', said the Lithuanian Minister.
During the first half of the day the audience got information on the lessons learnt from Tempus and Erasmus programmes and on the new opportunities within the new Erasmus+. In the afternoon the workshops focused on credit mobility, degree mobility and joint degrees and capacity building and cooperation.