Erasmus celebrates anniversary

The program to help students travel is 30 years old

The Erasmus program marks its 30th anniversary today, Oct. 19, and celebrations are being organized by the Centre for International Cooperation in Education (DZS) in cooperation with Club Roxy.

At Roxy and the associated club NoD there will be Erasmus Generation Night with an exhibition of photographs, talks by graduates of the Erasmus program, and music from the bands N.O.H.A. and the Brownies plus DJ FeFe. Entry is free of charge. The event starts at 4 pm and goes well into the night.

The Erasmus program, supports, among other things, the mobility of students and teachers in the European Union.

The Erasmus Talks in NoD will feature five speakers including David Semerad, who now lives in California's Silicon Valley, where he co-founded a company to develop mobile applications.

ROXY's gallery, where evening performances will be held, can hold up to 1,000 people. Photos include a flag parade of foreign students.

Erasmus started working in Western Europe in 1987 as an exchange program for university students. The Czech Republic joined in 1998. The program allows students to study and gain first work experience abroad. Over the years more than nine million Europeans, including over 280,000 Czechs, have participated.

The name is an acronym for EuRopean Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students, though the phrase was picked so it could fit the name Erasmus, which refers to Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, a Dutch Renaissance humanist, social critic, teacher and theologian from the late 15th and early 16th centuries.

The program is used by 33 countries, including non-EU countries such as Turkey, Macedonia, Norway, Iceland, and Liechtenstein. The 2014–20 budget is €14.7 billion.

The number of people traveling with Erasmus is rising. The current expanded Erasmus Plus program, launched in 2014, includes several training and exchange programs for both secondary schools and apprenticeships, as well as exchange visits for teachers, volunteering, and sport.

Czech participants from Erasmus prefer to go to Germany. Other popular destinations for Czechs are France, Spain, Britain, Portugal, and Austria. On the other hand, people from Spain, France, Turkey, Germany, and Poland are most likely to travel to the Czech Republic.

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