Assoc. Prof. Dr. B. Statkevičienė represented Lithuania in ERASMUS 30th anniversary events
This year, Europe celebrates the 30th Anniversary of the ERASMUS programme. One of the most successful programmes of the European Union was established in 1987. Over the past 30 years, it has enriched more than 9 million Europeans who took advantage of the opportunities given by the programme and increased their employment opportunities, knowledge and competencies, learned a new language and discovered the benefits of volunteering.
An active participant in the Erasmus programme Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birutė Statkevičienė (LSU) was selected to represent Lithuania in the events marking the 30th anniversary of the programme. The European Commission introduced a slogan “A story of 30 years: from ERASMUS to ERASMUS+”. Success stories from all the participating countries have been collected, including the story of LSU lecturer.
“I believe that the Erasmus programme not only brings people together to cooperate beyond the boundaries of their countries, but also provides many opportunities to share knowledge and learn from each other”, said Assoc. Prof. Dr. B. Statkevičienė.
On 26 January, the launch event was held at the Parliamentarium of the European Commission in Brussels hosting one representative from every country, participating in the programme. The selected representatives - ERASMUS Alumni will become the ambassadors of the programme while celebrating the 30th anniversary in their own countries. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Birutė Statkevičienė, who joined the programme in 2001 and delivered lectures in the universities of Greece, Portugal, Italy, Spain and the Czech Republic, represented Lithuania in the anniversary events.
According to Assoc. Prof. Dr. B. Statkevičienė, the event was attended by the delegates from the European Union countries as well as the representatives from South Africa, Turkey, Ukraine and Moldova. The photographs of the representatives from all the participating countries and their success stories were put into a special publication, which was issued to celebrate the occasion. During discussions, symposiums and press conferences, held at the European Parliament and the European Commission headquarters, Commissioners Tibor Navracsics and Marianne Thyssen gave an overview of the Erasmus programme achievements and impact, and the participants shared their success stories and work experience.
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