Erasmus Programme is an European Union education and training programme which aims to increase the quality of higher education in Europe. For this purpose, the Programme promotes the co-operations between higher education institutions in Europe. These partnerships and mobility activities are financially supported by the Programme.
Besides HEI co-operations, Erasmus Programme promotes the cooperation between HeIs and labour market so that universites would meet the need of labour market and graduates would have better employability opportunities.
The European Commission is responsible for the overall implementation of Erasmus Programme. Actions are managed by national agencies in the 33 participating countries or by Executive Agency for Education, Audovisiual and Culture (EAEAC) based in Brussels.
Who is Erasmus?
Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus, born on 27 October 1466 and died on 12 July 1536, known as Erasmus of Rotterdam, or simply Erasmus, was a Dutch Renaissance humanist, Catholic priest, social critic, teacher, and theologian. His name is intended to be a proper name for the program due to his contribution on European art and science and impact on the philosophy of education of his age. One of the most famous and amusing quotes from the noted scholar and translator Erasmus was, "When I get a little money I buy books; and if any is left I buy food and clothes."
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