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The European Programme ERASMUS wins the XIX International Prize Grupo Compostela - Xunta de Galicia


The Compostela Group of Universities (CGU) announced this morning through its President, professor Maurits van Rooijen, the decision of awarding the XIX International Prize Grupo Compostela-Xunta de Galicia to European Programme ERASMUS, as a recognition for his promotion of the European values through the mobility of thousands of students each year.


The President of the Compostela Group of Universities made public the winner in the frame of the Kick-off Conference of the new Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association, this morning in Brussels. During his intervention, Maurits van Rooijen highlighted that “the values inspiring the Erasmus programme are similar to the values of the Way of Saint James, essence of the Compostela Group and the Prize; likewise it constitutes a tool to cultural exchanges among European citizens, deeping on the European identity and social cohesion”.


Erasmus Programme Representatives announced that the monetary prize (6.000 euro) will be allocated to garagErasmus Foundation, a professional association built on the talent of the first Erasmus generation. The main aim of the garagErasmus is boosting talent mobility and connecting the Erasmus Generation to companies, recruiters and investors in Europe and around the World.


The Prize Grupo Compostela – Xunta de Galicia, since its creation in 1997, has awarded leading figures and institutions from several fields. In the latest three editions, the Prize went to the Swedish Scientist Lennart Levi (2014), the European news channel Euronews (2013), and to the College of Europe (2012).


The award ceremony took place on the 25th of September 2015, during the XXI General Assembly of the Group at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).


The Erasmus Programme: 28 years promoting the European human talent


The Erasmus Programme is a European Commission student mobility programme in education and training, established at 1987. It has enabled over 3 million students from across Europe to pursue enriching learning experiences in other countries.


This academic programme is designed to support the efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s human talent and social capital, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields.


The renewed Erasmus + Programme replaces seven programmes with one, with the same spirit: to support young people, students and adults for gaining experience and skills by studying, training and volunteering abroad.

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