The Second Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange National Information Day took place in Cairo on the 13th of November, hosted by Cairo University (CU) and organized in collaboration with the Egyptian National Erasmus+ Office, the Association of Arab Universities (AARU) and the Arab Council for Graduate Studies and Scientific Research.
During the event, experts from Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange presented the latest developments and the upcoming opportunity of the programme, highlighting the importance of integrating Virtual Exchange activities within universities activity as way to provide young people with 21 Century competences and intercultural capacities. The event also involved high-level representatives, such as the Vice President of Cairo University, Professor Dr. Abdul Rahman Zekry, and the Head of Mission of the European Union Delegation to Egypt, Mr Ivan Surkoš.
During the event, the use of Virtual Exchanges to complement students mobility and to foster universities internationalisation as well as students engagement emerged as a clear priority for the Egyptian higher education and youth communities. As commented by Marcello Scalisi, Director of UNIMED: “Internationalisation is important for institutions but it’s made by people, it’s made by us, it’s made by you.”
Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange is a ground-breaking project enabling youth in Europe and the Southern Mediterranean to engage in meaningful intercultural experiences online, as part of their formal or non-formal education. This flagship project is established under a contract with the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, financed by the European Union’s budget, and it is implemented by a consortium composed of Search for Common Ground, Anna Lindh Foundation, UNIMED, Sharing Perspectives Foundation, Soliya, UNICollaboration, Kiron Open Higher Education, and Migration Matters. More information at https://europa.eu/youth/erasmusvirtual.
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