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18 ottobre 2017

Erasmus+, the seminar of the Universities of Southern Mediterranean countries

Translation by Giulia Lombardo

On 18 and 19 October, the European commission, in collaboration with the Indire’s national agency Erasmus+ organises the international seminar “Erasmus+ contact seminar with Southern Mediterranean Countries”, in the lecture hall of the University of Rome “La Sapienza” in Piazzale Aldo Moro.

The event aims to group together a vast representation of institutes of higher education (Universities, music and artistic higher education, etc.) from European countries and countries of the Southern Mediterranean area and the Middle east.  During the two days of the event, participants will have the opportunity to meet and build a network for new mobility proposals for students and academic staff in view to the new call for proposals 2018.

«2017 has recorded a strong increase in university students’ mobility – Indire’s Director, Flaminio Galli, declared – confirming the attractiveness of the Italian higher education system for students coming also from Extra-European countries. We are pleased to have organised this event, together with the European commission, in Italy. This is an important step towards confrontation and cooperation with the Southern Mediterranean countries».

250 participants are expected from the 33 countries included in Erasmus+ and 10 countries of Southern Mediterranean countries and the Middle East: Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria and Tunisia.

In 2017/2018, a total of 49 Institutes for higher education have been funded with a budget of almost 14 million euros allocated to Italy by the European Commission.

The funds will finance 3,386 among students and professors (+ 9% compared to 2016) distributed as follows:

  • 2,156 incoming mobility of students, professors and academic staff from non-European countries, coming mainly from Tunisia (190), Albania (174), Serbia (167), Russia (135), Ukraine (129);
  • 1,230 outgoing mobility, primarily Albania (143), followed by the Russian Federation (108), Serbia (103), Tunisia (94), Georgia (61).

Among the Italian universities that will receive more students from the rest of the world, the Polytechnic University of Turin is at the first place, followed by the University of Padua, the Tuscia University, the Alma Mater of Bologna and the University of Turin.

With regard to mobility to non-EU countries, the top five Italian institutes of higher education for the number of leaving students are the Alma Mater of Bologna, the Tuscia University, the Polytechnic University of Turin, the University of Turin and the University of Padua. The Polytechnic of Bari has the highest academic staff mobility.