Visit to look at the Erasmus programme at UiA
The European Commission has ordered a study on the impact of the Erasmus programme on quality improvement in higher education. UiA was chosen as one of 20 higher education institutions in Europe to be looked closer at in this study.
Dr Dominik Antonowicz and research secretary Elisabeth Epping from the University of Twente in The Netherlands are today visiting UiA to conduct a case study. The aim of the case study is to better understand how Erasmus impacts the quality of higher education institutions.
- We are here to see if the Erasmus program has brought about an improvement in quality or if things can be done better. Participation in this study was based on a survey that Svein Pedersen from the international office here at UiA completed. The University of Agder also seems to have well developed routines when it comes to Erasmus exchange, explains Dominik Antonowicz and Elisabeth Epping.
The two visitors from the University of Twente will stay one day in Kristiansand and interview both student, academic and administrative staff at UiA.
The findings from the visit to UiA will be summarised in a report that will be made available to the public through the European Commission website. From these reports the Commission will work to further develop the Erasmus programme.
The ERASMUS programme
Also known as European Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. The programme was established in 1987. The ERASMUS programme forms a major part of the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013. It is the operational framework for the European Commission's initiatives in higher education.
The aim of the ERASMUS programme is to encourage and support accademic mobility of students and teachers within the European Union and the European Economic Area countries of Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway.
Students who join the ERASMUS programme study for a period of 3 months to an academic year in another European country. The students are guaranteed that this period spent abroad is recognised by their university when they come back.