Pictured are: Dr Patricia O'Flaherty, Co-ordinator, EU and International Exchanges at UL, Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic & Registrar and Patrice Twomey, Cooperative Education Manager at UL. Also in the photo are UL International Students (L-R) Robin Nichof from Germany, Alice Mazwrek, Germany, Laura Kelly, Limerick and Ali Sheikhi, Iran.
University of Limerick Selected by European Commission as an Erasmus Success Story
UL is the only Irish University to be selected
The European Commission has selected the University of Limerick (UL) as an Erasmus Success Story for 2010. UL is the only Irish university to be selected and this is the second year running that the University has received this award. Only a select 17 of all the higher education institutions involved in the EU Commission Erasmus programme, which numbers over 4000 and involves 27 countries, have been singled out as Erasmus Success Stories.
The University of Limerick's commitment to innovation across of range of internationalisation activities, particularly in the context of UL's extensive international work placement and study abroad programmes, were cited as deciding factors in the award process. The Erasmus Success will be launched at the EU Youth on the Move Conference to be held in Antwerp on the 5th/6th of October 2010.
UL has seen record increases in its Erasmus participation over the past year with the numbers of student work placements increasing increased by 32% and study mobility has increased by 14%. This increase is in line with UL's strategic objective of promoting an international focus across key areas of activity, in particular the embedding of international experience as a formal element of academic programmes at UL. Under the Erasmus programme, UL works with a comprehensive range of European employers with a particular emphasis on developing placement within the financial services, engineering, biotechnology and ICT sectors. The University has also established a network of 230 European universities where Humanities, Business, Science and Engineering students spend an academic semester as an accredited part of their degree.
Speaking about the award Professor Paul McCutcheon, Vice President Academic and Registrar at UL said that he was very pleased that UL's commitment to the Erasmus Programme had been recognised. "Erasmus of course works both ways. Last year almost 400 EU students came to study at UL under the programme."
One of these students is Daniel Boros, a New Media & English student at Eötvös Loránd University Budapest. To raise awareness of his positive Erasmus experience at UL, Daniel is undertaking a 1800-mile cycle from UL home to Budapest in early July. His planned route includes Dublin, London, Paris, Strasbourg, Stuttgart and Gyor. Daniel sums up his Erasmus experience saying "UL has certainly inspired me. The University is amazing and it is not just a beautiful campus. You also have great minds here. I really enjoyed the close contact you can have with lecturers and the courses at UL are a good combination of theory and practical application. My Erasmus experience at UL is the highlight of my education so far".