What is the Erasmus+ Programme?

The Erasmus programme is a European student exchange programme that was first proposed by the European Commission in 1986 and formally adopted in June 1987.  In 2007, Erasmus became of a part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2007 – 2013.

The programme was initially named after the Dutch Philosopher Desiderious Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/1469-1536), but later on became an acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS).

Erasmus+ is the European Union’s (EU) programme to support education and training in Europe.  The main aim of the Erasmus+ programme is to create a European Higher Education Area and foster educational innovation throughout Europe through a series of specific objectives. These objectives were created “to encourage and support academic mobility of higher education students and teachers within the European Union”.  In doing so, the Erasmus+ programme supports, promotes, and reinforces the role and contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education for the development and transfer of educational innovations from one participating country to another.

The participation of Philips University in the Erasmus+ programme is fundamental to the University’s attainment of institutional aspirations towards its mission in promoting the values of an open modern society and commitment to international excellence.  

Who are involved?

The participants of the Erasmus+ programme include higher education students, academic staff, professional associations, public and private organizations/ businesses (profit and non-profit), research centres, and bodies that provide guidance, counselling, and information services.

Who are benefited?

All institutions and/or individuals involved in the Erasmus+ programme are benefited. The effect may be observed in various domains such as academic, technological, and research environments that may involve theoretical knowledge, professional skills, practical training, innovative ICT practices, and languages skills.

Morever, Erasmus+ has gone beyond the educational boundaries and has become “a social and cultural phenomenon” that offers new opportunities to meet new cultures and lifestyles.

What are the rights and obligations of the Erasmus students?

As stated in the leaflet titled Erasmus Student Charter, students selected for an Erasmus mobility (studies or placement) have both rights and obligations towards their home and host institutions as well as towards their National Agency for Erasmus Programme.

Erasmus at Philips University

Erasmus Office and Officers

Philips University has appointed a six-person committee which is responsible for the organisation and implementation of Erasmus+ activities. 

Contact details:

Address: 4-6 Lamias Street, Strovolos, Nicosia, 2001

Email: [email protected]

Contact number: 22441860