Cardiff: celebrating Erasmus+ and languages

28 June 2017
From left to right: Helga Rother-Simmonds, Honorary Consul for Germany in Wales; Jacqui Jenkins, Senior Advisor, Education Engagement, British Council; Professor Mohamed Loutfi, Pro Vice Chancellor (International), Cardiff Met.

Erasmus+ has enabled Cardiff Met to work with over 350 universities and organisations

On 27 June, Cardiff Metropolitan University celebrated 30 years of successful involvement with the Erasmus funding programmes. The event was attended by the Honorary Consul for Germany in Wales Helga Rother-Simmonds, representatives from the British Council as well as Universities Wales, amongst others. First Minister Carwyn Jones was the guest of honour.

Over the last 30 years, the university has successfully secured around 30 million euros worth of funding under the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 and Erasmus+ mobility programmes. Erasmus+ has enabled Cardiff Met to develop working synergies with over 350 universities and organisations worldwide with a portfolio of projects.

Amongst other European countries, Germany continues to be a strong and important partner in the Erasmus programme. This was exemplified in a talk given by Jacqui Jenkins, Senior Advisor Education Department from the British Council. She shared her experiences from the 3 years she spent in Germany at Weissensee Kunsthochschule Berlin as part of the Erasmus programme in the 90s. Talking about her time as an Erasmus student in Germany, she highlighted the invaluable impact the Erasmus programme has had on both Higher Education in the UK, at Cardiff Met in particular, and the individual personal and professional lives of the beneficiaries.

Recognizing the importance of exchange programmes with other countries like Germany, Wales will also soon play host a new presence of the Goethe-Institut London at Cardiff University.

The Goethe-Institut London and the University of Cardiff have entered into a partnership supported by the Department for Education in Wales. The partnership allows for the Goethe-Institut London to have a presence at the University of Cardiff. The aim of the presence is to run CPD for German teachers in Wales, support activities of the German networks in Wales such as 'The Smart Choice: German”, 'Think German Wales' and others, and collaborate on Cardiff University’s annual programme for German. The opening of the presence is envisaged for 21 September 2017.

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