EU celebrates 30 years of Erasmus in Palestine

September 22, 2017
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This year, the EU celebrates the 30th anniversary of ‘Erasmus’ programme – now Erasmus+ – in Europe as well as in neighbouring and partner countries. In Palestine, EU Representative Ralph Tarraf, Palestinian Minister of Education Dr. Sabri Saidam, and Director of Erasmus National Office in Palestine Dr. Nidal Jayousi joined over 200 Palestinian Erasmus alumni to celebrate 30 years of Erasmus in Ramallah.

The Erasmus programme started as a voluntary cooperation of 11 European countries. This cooperation has developed to 33 programme countries. This is in addition to the 27 partner countries. What started back in 1987 with only 3,200 students in its first year has grown over the last 30 years into a flagship programme benefiting nine million people.

Erasmus has helped in building bridges of trust, respect, and mutual understanding within Europe and then between Europe and the world. This programme has invested in human beings, in education and knowledge,” said the EU Representative Ralph Tarraf. “Today, we celebrate 30 years of Erasmus and our partnership with Palestinian students and universities. We are proud that Erasmus alumni –Europeans and Palestinians- are working together to build the Palestinian institutions. We are also proud with your efforts to connect and share experiences,” he added.

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The Office of the European Union Representative (West Bank and Gaza Strip, UNRWA)

EU Programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport (Erasmus+)

Erasmus+ national office Palestine

Countries covered:

  • Palestine *