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University screens student exchange programme documentary

26/06/2012 20:15:45

University screens student exchange programme documentary

A documentary on university scholarships and student exchange programmes entitled ‘Apply’ was presented in the Rectorate of the University of Montenegro in Podgorica. The documentary was financed by the EU Delegation to Montenegro and produced by Vijesti TV.

 

The Head of the EU Delegation, Ambassador Leopold Maurer, expressed his hope that the video would contribute to a better understanding of European student exchange programmes. He called on Montenegrin students to become more proactive and to realise that studying abroad gave a better sense of what it meant to be a European citizen.

“The future of the EU is as a knowledge-based society, and so the EU is working on integration in the area of higher education and research. An innovative and knowledgeable younger generation is crucial to the sustainability and prosperity of the European Union. Therefore, the EU is committed to providing more opportunities for Europe’s  young people”, he said.

Among the specific EU programmes that contribute to international student mobility are the Erasmus Mundus, TEMPUS, Youth in Action and Comenius programmes. In order to increase efficiency, reduce duplication and make it easier for students to apply for scholarships, the EU will shortly start a new programme for education, training, youth and sport called ‘Erasmus for All’.

“The proposal is now under discussion in the European Council and the European Parliament. Once everything is agreed, implementation will start in 2014. Apart from EU programmes for education, individual EU member states offer numerous scholarships in many different areas”, the Ambassador said.

Rector of the University of Montenegro, Predrag Miranovic, said that during the 2011/2012 academic year, some 55 Montenegrin students received scholarships from the Erasmus Mundus programme, 20 more than originally expected. He added that the University of Montenegro was also cooperating with most major European universities and some from the United States of America.

Deputy Director of Vijesti TV, Marijana Bojanic said that the public were extremely interested in education issues. Exchanges, she said, provide students with an opportunity to explore a different culture, religion and lifestyle and are a great way to improve language, intercultural skills, employability and job prospects.

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