We are all Europeans – A Message from the Students of the European University Networks

Students from across European University Networks have joined together to highlight an important cause ahead of the European Commission’s launch of the next Erasmus+ funding programme for the European Universities Initiative.

Collectively, 9 out of the 41 funded European University alliances feature a UK partner. These cover 75 universities from 23 countries, and comprise c.2,234,613 students and c.384,424 staff. Together, they represent over a quarter (27%) of participating institutions in the initiative.

UK universities, including students, have been collaborating tirelessly alongside partners in mainland Europe to co-create the future vision of the European Education Area. This vision ”to bring together a new generation of creative Europeans able to cooperate across languages, borders and disciplines to address societal challenges and skills shortages faced in Europe” is one which is shared by students across the UK.

Whilst the UK has left the European Union, and by default the Erasmus+ Programme, it has not left Europe. European values, identity and heritage are embedded across UK society, and UK based students are fundamentally part of “the new generation of creative Europeans” at which this initiative is aimed. Since the inception of the Erasmus+ programme, the UK has consistently been a top destination for students studying abroad, and the European University Initiative provides an opportunity to deepen and broaden these opportunities for the future.

In a video message, students express a belief in the European Commission’s aim of creating an inclusive, diverse and innovative education environment, and an assertion that UK based students should be included in this vision.

Watch the video, and share amongst your networks if you support the cause for the UK to continue as full partners in the Erasmus+ European University Initiative.

Facts and figures

  • Collectively, 9 out of the 41 funded alliances feature a UK partner. These cover 75 universities from 23 countries, and comprise c.2,234,613 students and c.384,424 staff. Together, we represent 27% of participating institutions in the EUI.
  • Since it began in 1987-88, the Erasmus programme has provided over three million European students with the opportunity to go abroad and study at a higher education institution or undertake a training internship. The most popular destination among European students is consistently Spain, Germany, France, the United Kingdom and Italy. (Erasmus facts and figures.) 
  • 9 alliances featuring UK partners are already working together effectively to realise the vision of the European Education Area: 
    • UK partners are bringing vital and distinctive benefits to their alliances;
    • Alliances have been built tightly on their members; any change will be detrimental and disruptive not just for the UK partners, but for students and all partners;
    • The long-term ambitions of these alliances and the integrated training initiatives on which they are being built, will be compromised without the continued involvement of all partners. 

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Published Sep. 13, 2021 10:14 AM - Last modified Oct. 4, 2021 9:13 AM