The first Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange National Information Day took place in Beirut last week on June 25, 2019, hosted by the Lebanese International University (LUI) and organized in collaboration with the Lebanese National Erasmus+ Office. Over 120 participants from Higher Education Institutions (international relations officers professors, students) and Youth Organisations had the opportunity to discover the new groundbreaking project of the European Union and to understand the different opportunities offered by Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange.
A panel of experts, representing the different institutions associated to the project, highlighted the importance of widening the access to intercultural exchanges to a greater number and diversity of youth. “Complementing and enriching physical exchanges, Virtual Exchange ensures a meaningful facilitated dialogue: attractive, rich and diverse, that can influence the way young people deal with difference”.
The event also involved high-level representatives, such as the Lebanese Minister of State for Foreign Trade, H.E Mr. Hasan Mourad, or the Deputy Head of Mission of the European Union Delegation, Mrs Julia Koch De Biolley.
«Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange provides a unique opportunity for young leaders to grow their network, meet new cultures and fight against fear, proving a safe online platform for open discussion,” underlined the Minister of State for Foreign Trade. Meanwhile, the Deputy Head of Mission, highlighted the “life-changing” potential of Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange.
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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