Record sum for Erasmus exchange with non-European countries
The money is meant for students, doctoral students, teachers and administrative staff to participate in an exchange with partner universities. Primary destinations are countries outside of Europe, and the goal is to establish or strengthen project relationships. Contrary to frequent assumptions, the Erasmus programme also finances cooperation with certain partner countries on other continents. Currently, Kassel receives financial support for cooperations with more than 20 partner universities in twelve countries, including New Zealand, Egypt and, for the first time, Argentina. With this approval, the DAAD rewards the application of Kassel University. It successfully demonstrates how the exchange programme supports the university’s internationalisation concept and its academic profile.
"This is really good news for our university and for all those who are working on or planning projects with non-European partners," said President Prof. Dr. Reiner Finkeldey. "This opens paths to Asia, Africa, South America and New Zealand. It perfectly complements our partnerships with universities in Europe and North America". Finkeldey stressed that Erasmus is not only open to students, but also to scientists, lecturers and administrative staff: "For researchers, a stay abroad is a must anyway. But employees bring experience, language skills and new ideas from abroad, as well.
The President emphasized that most of the collaborations flank existing research relationships: "It is particularly gratifying that Argentina was included in the funding programme for the first time. This opens up opportunities for connecting with our strategic research focus, which we are setting with our Latin America Centre CELA."
Depending on the duration and type of exchange, the newly approved funds can finance approximately 150-200 stays in non-European countries (or visits by foreign guests). The total budget for Erasmus+ (including exchanges with European countries) is almost 1.4 million euros. Last year, 556 students from Kassel university completed a stay abroad (Erasmus and other programmes).
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