Erasmus students thankful for the “NO” that prompted the program 30 yearsby Beatrice Credi - 2017.01.10
Happy Birthday Erasmus! The European program that enables students to study throughout Europe and receive credits at their university back home has been a huge success. The program is turning 30 years old, but does not seem to have aged at all. It was 1987 when the first Erasmus students left to study at some foreign university, a total of 3,244. Today, the number has reached 5 million! However, at this point, some credit must be given to Sofia Corradi, better known in some circles as “mother of Erasmus”. Born in Rome, Italy, in 1935, she is truly the founder of the largest cultural exchange program in Europe. She had the idea in 1959, after she discovered that university credits she had earned while in New York, on a scholarship would not be recognized in her European university. In fact, upon receiving word from her Law School faculty office that her experience would not be academically recognized, she decided: if New World educational endeavors were not accepted in Europe, there needed to be a program that would make programs among universities in the Old World comparable and formally, academically valid.
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