The Erasmus programme began in June 1987. The year 2017, therefore, marks the 30th anniversary of the programme, which is considered a major success. Originally involving 11 countries, the programme has grown progressively to include the current 33 participating countries.
In 2014, Erasmus gained new momentum becoming Erasmus+ and henceforth offering possibilities not only to students and lecturer-researchers but also to primary, secondary and sixth form pupils, further education students, job seekers, etc. The programme has also widened its horizons to include projects with countries outside Europe, through International Credit Mobility for example.
A conference given by Mr Pierre Mairesse, former director of the European Commission and Professor David Alis, President of Université de Rennes 1, was held on Tuesday 28 March 2017 at the Rennes' Espace Ouest-France. This conference, organised by La Maison de l'Europe and the Rotary Club, was the opportunity to look back on the history of Erasmus and to discover the programme's new horizons.
Université de Rennes 1 and the Erasmus programme
Université de Rennes 1 has been a participant of the Erasmus programme right from the start and signed the new Erasmus+ Charter 2014-2020. As well as mobility (incoming and outgoing, study and work placements) for students and lecturer-researchers, Université de Rennes 1 has developed mobility in administration, for staff who go to meet fellow professionals each year but also in order to welcome European colleagues in the context of the International Erasmus Week, where good practice is shared and a European spirit is developed.
Université de Rennes 1 also participates in new programmes such as Stategic Partnerships LINKS, led at Université de Rennes 1 by the Maison pour la Science en Bretagne (MSB) and coordinated by the Foundation La Main à la Pâte. This is an Erasmus+ partnership between nine scientific institutions in five European countries (Italy, Finland, Austria, the United Kingdom and France), the goal of which is to promote science in primary and secondary schools. Another example is the arrival of European Volunteers at the university.
From 10th to 14th October 2017, for the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus+ programme, several activities and events will be organised on the different campuses of Université de Rennes 1.