40 Thousand Students and Teachers Take Part in the Erasmus+ Exchange Programme during 9 Years

The European mobility promotion programme is considered successful in Slovenia. In the period from 2007 to 2016, almost 40 thousand students and teachers of educational institutions took part in Erasmus+.

According to the Minister of Education, Science and Sport Maja Makovec Brenčič, the list includes 7,600 teachers of elementary and secondary schools, 4,100 university teachers, 8,600 secondary school students and 13,600 university students.

As Brenčič notes, the programme helped “eliminate seemingly insurmountable borders.”

Slovenia joined the Erasmus+ programme in 1999. In 2017, the Government of Slovenia plans to spend 15.5 million euros for training and education under this programme. In addition, the budget for 2018 provides for the allocation of another 18 million euros for the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme.

Zoran Stančič, the Head of the European Commission Representation in Slovenia, notes that this is one of the most successful programmes of the European Union, which has so far allowed 9 million people to study, train or work as volunteers abroad.

“Research shows that Erasmus+ is well known at all levels of the education system and has a positive effect on the whole system,” says Eva Klemenčič from the Educational Research Institute.

Participation in the programme affects career development, quality of teaching, motivation and knowledge of foreign languages. According to Klemenčič, in the future, the task of the organisers will be to disseminate and apply high-quality results achieved today.