This article is part of a series of articles which are being written by the KSU International Office as part of a collaborative effort with the KSU Education Office. It comes at a time when the Erasmus programme is facing long-term uncertainties due to issues with funding from member states.
However, the KSU Education Office would like to point out that despite the current scenario, funding for this academic year has already been secured and local students will still be able to take advantage of this opportunity.
KSU is supporting the European Commission in encouraging EU leaders to sustain the Erasmus programme. If current 2012/3 budgets will not be increased, thousands might potentially miss their chance on a once in a life time opportunity.
This news comes at a time where unemployment amongst youth has substantially increased since the economic crisis and now more than 5 million youths are without a job. KSU thus insists on more investment in education as a solution to the crisis. The ‘Erasmus For All’ programme, set to start in 2014 should tackle this situation and should seek to increase youth opportunity and work on employability.
KSU’s appeal is one; Save Erasmus as well as increase funding for education and youth. This might not be an easy decision and results might not be clear, however in investing in students and young people, Europe will be investing in a better future for all. KSU is in contact with the EU Commission Representation in Malta who are taking part in its own campaign of getting celebrities amongst Europe to sign and a letter for more Erasmus.
KSU is also endorsing the goals of Fraternité 2020 initiative which asks for more funds available for EU exchange programmes, makes sure programmes develop more skills among participants as well as tracks progress in the field of mobility through better monitoring. We encourage everyone to sign the very first European Citizens’ Initiative here: http://en.fraternite2020.eu/sign.html