Pictured at the conference on Innovation and Creativity in the Lifelong Learning Programme held in Prague is from Left to right - Ann O'Mahony, Patrice Twomey (UL Cooperative Education), Patricia O'Flaherty (UL International Education),and Karen Tighe (DES).
The EU Commission selected UL as an Erasmus Success Story in a competition involving third level institutions from all over Europe. On 7 May in Prague, the Erasmus Success Story awards were presented by the European Commission on the occasion of the "Conference on Innovation and Creativity in the Lifelong Learning Programme". The University of Limerick was one of 10 EU Universities selected as an Erasmus Success Story and published in the "Erasmus European Success Stories Brochure 2009", which was launched at the Conference. Patrice Twomey, Ann O'Mahony (Cooperative Education) and Patricia O'Flaherty (International Education) attended the ceremony representing UL. Members of staff from the International Section of the Department of Education and Science were also present. DES is the National Authority for the Lifelong Learning Programme in Ireland.
The European Commission invited all higher education institutions holding an Erasmus University Charter to apply for the competition and UL was selected from 67 applications from 23 countries. This is great recognition from the EU Commission of the excellence of the Erasmus programme at UL, which places over 300 students each year on study or work placements with more than 250 partners and host employers across all the EU countries.
The Directorate-General for Education and Culture of the European Commission commended the University of Limerick, because of a new online system to measure and assess skills development. In a "before and after" evaluation, students may assess skills before they start their placement and once again on completion of the placement. The aim is to raise awareness about the importance of key transferable skills in the European job market.