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EDUCATION: STEADY INCREASE FOR ERASMUS STUDENTS AND TEACHERS.

Students.

The rise in Erasmus students of 7.4% was calculated for the existing EU Member States, the candidate countries that will join the EU on May 1, and the three European Free Trade Area/Europe Economic Area (EFTA/EEA) Iceland, Liechtenstein and Norway. In just these three EFTA/EEA countries, the rise was 5.2%, and when looking at the candidate countries on their own it was 20%.

Most countries experienced a growth in outgoing numbers, apart from Ireland, the UK and the Netherlands. The highest increase of outgoing students was found to be from Luxembourg (14%), Portugal (12%) and Germany (11%).

The UK, Ireland and Sweden are the biggest net importers of students, receiving more than double the number of students they send. Other big importers are Finland and the Netherlands. Spain and France are, in absolute terms, the most popular destinations for incoming Erasmus students. The figures also show that incoming students to the acceding countries have increased by 25%.

Teachers.

The number of Erasmus teachers in existing EU Member States, plus the three EFTA/EEA countries, rose by 7%. In the accession states, the rise was smaller at 5%.

Of all the countries, Finland, Liechtenstein, the Czech Republic, Malta and Belgium have the highest ratio of outgoing teachers as a proportion of the teacher population. A higher ratio of outgoing teachers was found in the acceding countries than existing EU Member States. The most popular destinations for Erasmus teachers are Germany and France, which take in 25% of the total.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Mar 31, 2004
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