Thirty Years and Nine Million Students: Success of Erasmus Student Exchange Celebrated at EAIE 2017 Conference

Taylor’s University students are just some of the 9-million students who have benefited from the EU’s Erasmus funding over the last 30-years. 

Prof Perry Hobson on Education Malaysia Booth at the EAIE 2017 conference
This year the European Association for International Education (EAIE) organised its annual conference and exhibition in Seville, Spain. The 2017 event was attended by over 6,000 delegates who came from some 95-countries. The main focus of the exhibition is to help universities to connect and find global partners for both long-term exchange and short-term mobility, while the focus of the conference is to allow educators and professional staff to keep up with global trends, and changing regulations.
Although Taylor’s University is on target to have 200+ student exchange partners from over 30-countries, there are a still a considerable number of countries where we have not yet identified partners that deliver their courses in English. As Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University explained, “We still have a number of empty spots on our world map – particularly in Europe – and this makes the EAIE an ideal event to attend”. 
Along with several public universities, such as the University of Malaya (UM), University of Technology Malaysia (UTM), amongst others Taylor’s University was part of an “Education Malaysia” stand that was co-ordinated by Education Malaysia Global Services (EMGS). Prof Hobson commented that, “it’s really important for Malaysia to be seen at events like this one, as having a prominent stand gives us visibility”, adding that “events such as these provide important opportunities to meet up with new institutions who may be potential partners and to also catch-up with our existing partners”.
This year EAIE was celebrating 30-years of European Union (EU) supported Erasmus student exchange and mobility programmes. Over 9-million students have benefited from its programmes over the last three decades. Working with our exchange partners, Taylor’s University students and Taylor’s staff have benefited from this Erasmus funding too. “Although we can’t actually apply ourselves, our aim is to identify and work with partners who can” said Prof Hobson. To find out more about the Global Mobility Opportunities at Taylor’s University click here - (Global Matters 2017)