Over 100 students and government officials will gather in Kaunas, Lithuania on Oct. 24-25 for a major education conference.
The Kaunas University of Technology hosts the Erasmus+ info event, a program which provides opportunities for students and staff in Eastern Partnership countries to study or train in the European Union – and vice versa.
Government officials, higher education staff and student organizations from Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldovaand Ukraineare participating.
“Education is instrumental for the prosperity and stability of our societies, because without well-performing education systems, there can be neither growth nor development,”said Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
Dainius Pavalkis, minister of education and science of Lithuania, added: “Increasing academic cooperation with our neighbors is a unique way to bring our regions and people closer to each other. I therefore urge universities on both sides to seize the opportunities offered by the new programs.”
Erasmus+ will be launched in January 2014.
More students and higher education institutions will be able to take part in the program. Students from Eastern Partnership countries will also be able to receive grants to participate in joint Master programs.
Doctoral fellowships will also be financed. Erasmus+ will support the modernization of higher education institutions and systems and staff development in partner countries.
More information can be found at: ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus-for-all/