Pristina, November 12, 2014/Independent Balkan News Agency
By Elton Tota
Universities and higher education institutions in Kosovo have been informed today on the program offered by Erasmus+ project, which is funded by the European Union in Kosovo and the possibility to benefit from the programs in the period from 2014 to 2020.
The conference held in the framework of the project “Growth of Autonomy and financial accountability in public institutions of higher education in Kosovo” continued during the entire day.
Minister of Education, Rame Buja declared that so far, Kosovo has had 60 projects with the Tempus program and now with Erasmus+, which have been encouraging.
He has invited higher education institutions to find cooperation in the future through this program.
Meanwhile, the head of the EU Office to Kosovo, Christof Stock said that by applying in these programs, higher education in Kosovo will develop even further.
Meanwhile, head of policies at the EU office, Helen Skikos said that the EU has allocated 20% of the budget for the Western Balkan and that it’s important for this part of the world to benefit from education programs in this project.
ERASMUS is a training and education project of the EU, which offers an opportunity to 200 thousand students to study and work abroad every year.
Apart from this, it’s also a cooperation fund between institutions of higher education in Europe. This is a program which supports not only students, but also professors and business personnel that want to study abroad. It also helps university staff to attend professional training.
Through this program, students spend a period of time abroad not only to enrich their academic and professional formation, but also improve the learning of the language, inter-cultural abilities, self support and self awareness. Their experiences have given a good meaning to what it means to be a European citizen. /ibna/