Message from the rector

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Message from Prof Dr Axel Schölmerich


Dear members of Ruhr-Universität,

this year the ERASMUS programme of the European Union celebrates its 30th anniversary!
It is the oldest and most important and most successful educational programme in the EU.

Since 1987, thousands of students and numerous employees in science and administration of Ruhr-Universität Bochum have participated in the ERASMUS programme – whether in the course of studies, for an internship, for teaching or staff training mobility stays or as part of cooperation projects in other European countries. Likewise, it attracted and attracts many people to come to Ruhr-Universität. By now, Ruhr-Universität is connected to 270 ERASMUS partner universities in Europe – and there are certainly more to come.

Apart from the International Office, the ERASMUS programme at Ruhr-Universität is carried out by the ERASMUS Departmental Coordinators of the 20 faculties – A big proper thank you at this point!

ERASMUS has now become ERASMUS+, and in the current programme generation, it combines several funding lines, which offer different possibilities for cooperation with European and non-European partners in the fields of mobility, partnerships and cooperation projects as well as support for European reform processes.

ERASMUS enables cross-border exchanges, builds bridges between people and brings them together from different nations in Europe. Through mutual learning and research, mutual understanding grows and new perspectives unfold. With ERASMUS, Europe becomes experienceable, intercultural understanding grows, and partnerships and friendships develop across national borders.

The anniversary is the occasion for Ruhr-Universität Bochum to devote itself to the largest and most successful educational programme of the EU with events and activities of various kinds in the coming months.

I would like to invite you to be a part of it and to stand up for the European idea and to participate in the ERASMUS celebrations!

Prof Dr Axel Schölmerich
Rector of Ruhr-Universität Bochum