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Increase up to 1.4 million Erasmus+ grants for CEU students

Students of the three CEU Universities will increase next year their international mobility thanks to the increase of grants received to study the Erasmus+ program. The European Commission and the Ministry of Universities co-financers of part of these amounts have granted over 1.4 million euros as grants for students to study in universities throughout Europe in 2022-23.

Requests by CEU Universities students for the next year have increased and over 800 have already been granted. There is also a part for international mobility of teachers and for administration and services staff. Last year 24 teachers and 7 administration and services employees travelled abroad thanks to the Erasmus+ program. On the other hand, CEU universities will receive at least over 900 European exchange students pending confirmation those who have chosen CEU Universities for the second term.

Universidad CEU San Pablo (Madrid) will receive some more than 979.000 euros, CEU Cardenal Herrera (Valencia, Elche and Castellón) over 300,000 euros and Abat Oliba CEU (Barcelona) around 77,000 euros. As a whole, after the two years affected by the COVID pandemic requests and grants have increased in CEU universities to exceed the demand expected.

The increase of grants also involves the implementation of an appropriate management of grants in previous years and that Erasmus+ program raises the interest of students as they are the two most important criteria for those who distribute European subsidies, the Spanish Service for Internationalization of Education embedded within the Ministry of Universities.

Alessandro Mini, Vice-chancellor of Research and International Relations of Universitat Abat Oliba CEU, highlights the positive influence of these trips abroad, “the global labour market demands skills and competences which are typically acquired or reinforced by international experience”. In turn, Ainhoa Uribe, Vice-Chancellor of Internationalization of Universidad CEU San Pablo, insists on the fact that “sharing classes with foreign students or who have studied in different countries boosts the development of skills and competences that prepare them to work in plural, multicultural and diverse teams. Knowing new cultures, opening to other ways of thinking or doing things prepares us for the actual world”.

Commitment to internationalization in class of the three CEU universities where 30% of students come from abroad encourages students to decide to live an international experience during their studies. Alfonso Díaz Segura, Vice-Chancellor of Internationalization of CEU UCH outstands that “it is essential to acquire intercultural skills waking up to a richer and more diverse reality than that we are used to in our city of origin”. It also helps “personal growth as students have an experience outside their homes, they develop autonomy, capacity to make decisions, maturity and broadens the academic vision of the degree they study as approaches may be different to those of the university of origin both in contents and in methodologies”.