2017 marks two birthdays: After the 50th Anniversary of the University of Bath, the Erasmus+ programme turns 30!
In 30 years, 9 million people have benefited from the European scheme, and it is becoming more popular every year. The University of Bath sends an average of 450 students out on the Erasmus+ programme every year (on study exchange and work placements), and receives around 200 incoming students from European partner universities.
On Monday 8th May, the International Mobility Office held the second International Mobility Leavers’ party in the Roman Baths. The aim of this now annual rendez-vous is for Bath students who will be going abroad in 2017-2018 to meet with Incoming Exchange students. This event is an opportunity for them to make significant connections with people they will most likely meet again next year during their travels.
Students were welcomed to the Roman Baths with a card explaining their mission for the night: Find someone who will be in the same country as them next year. The first few “pairs” to come together were awarded prizes.
We were also very happy to welcome University of Bath Alumni members from Chile and the USA, who decided to stay a bit longer after enjoying the Bath Festival the weekend before.
Attendees were asked to vote for the best pictures of the Incoming Students Photo Competition; the theme this year was 'Birthdays and Celebrations'. First prize was awarded to Anika Klassen (pictured), from Queen’s University (Canada), followed very closely by Sofia Pavlova (Second Prize) from TU Munich (Germany) and Fede Anselmo (Third Prize) from Universidad San Andres (Argentina).
Around 150 students attended the evening. A lot of them have already made plans to reunite with their new friends next year, and the feedback we received was very positive:
“This was an incredible event. As an exchange student, it was truly unforgettable and an amazing way to say goodbye to Bath.“
“I enjoyed that there was an incentive to meet people from the country you're going to/ going to the same country as you- and almost an excuse to go up and speak to them!”
More information about the Erasmus 30th Anniversary can be found at https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/anniversary_en
More photographs of the evening are available at https://anthonyprothero.pixieset.com/internationalmobilityleaverspartytheromanbaths/
Particular thanks to Agathe Lairy for organising the event.