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Presentation on novelties of Erasmus + program was held

Introducing to the novelties offered by the Erasmus + program, was the highlight of the presentation for students and staff, organized on Monday (28 October 2019), at the South East European University in Tetovo, by the National Agency for European Study Programs and Mobility and the International Relations Office of SEEU.

Astrit Rexhepi, Coordinator of the Agency for Higher Education, in his presentation highlighted the key steps that students should follow in order to be Erasmus+ beneficiaries. He said many students returning from Erasmus Plus have new experiences essential for their careers.

“South East European University is the largest beneficiary of grants awarded by the Agency, but also of the most realized mobility”, said Rexhepi.

Regarding novelties of the Erasmus plus program for the exchange of academic and administrative staff, presented Bujar Sinani, Head of the International Relations Office at SEEU. He said that the University has increased staff interest in participating in the exchange program, where last year alone there were a total of about 14 exchanges.

“Professors who reach agreement on lecturing at European universities then share their experience with students in learning and teaching, by applying the teaching methodology comparable to the University where they have been in mobility.”, said Sinani.

With the grant awarded last year, for student exchange under the Erasmus Plus program, a total of 50 students from the South East European University have stayed in well-known universities, such as: University of Heidelberg and Bamberg (Germany), Gothenburg (Sweden), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Bologna and Calabria (Italy), Aveiro (Portugal), Metropolitan (Czech Republic), Zilina (Slovakia), Osijek (Croatia) and other universities.

For the new academic year 2019-20, the European Commission for South East European University has allocated 105 student and staff grants, out of which 65 are for student exchange, 15 for internships and 25 grants for staff exchange.

From the academic year 2021-22, a new Mobility Framework will be implemented, which is expected to double the budget allocated for student and staff exchanges. According to the mechanisms of this framework, from this period, students will be able to go to universities outside the European Union.

During the presentation, students present shared their experience during the exchange, but also presented their suggestions, which are expected to be considered when implementing the new student exchange framework.