Nairobi – 15 December, 2017: “Apply and get to experience the world,” was the rallying call from the European Union Ambassador to Kenya Stefano Dejak. He was speaking during the Erasmus+ scholarship information session organised by the EU and the University of Nairobi at the School of Journalism and Media Studies.
Erasmus+ is an education programme that has various dimensions, addressing undergraduate and postgraduate students as well as teaching staff. The aim is to facilitate interaction amongst individuals and institutions, which is valuable on a personal, educational and professional level.
“With education, many of us have had the opportunity to travel and experience the world. But, travelling for education goes beyond education. It provides us with the opportunity to also experience different cultures and ways of life. Life experiences help us grow into well-rounded individuals ready to get into society and make a positive change,” said the Ambassador.
The two main programmes Kenyan students can apply for are the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters Degrees and the International Credit Mobility, which allows students to spend part of their studies abroad. Erasmus+ also supports teaching, research, networking and policy debate on EU topics.
“Within this programme, international and skills-building experience are obviously important for not only students, apprentices and volunteers, but also to our teachers and trainers who can benefit immensely from exchanges that foster long-term innovations in education and teaching,” added Dejak.
Through formal and informal learning initiatives, the Erasmus programme encourages exposure, exchange and empowerment in teaching, training and youth work. The positive impact that has been generated over the past three decades can already be seen; not only in Europe but across the world. This is why Erasmus alumni often refer to themselves as the Erasmus generation.
This was the first of two events that seeks to provide Kenyan students with information on Erasmus+. The event was attended by the University of Nairobi Deputy Vice Chancellor Prof. Henry Mutoro, the College of Humanities and Social Sciences Principal Prof. Enos Njeru, University of Nairobi staff and students. The second event to be held in 2018 will be a ‘Study in Europe’ fair.