It is an honour to be invited to pay tribute to Franck Biancheri. He was an exceptional and gifted man, who never lost his capacity to believe in a better world, nor to inspire others with this trust he had. I admired and respected him for his energy and commitment to others, and especially for his devotion to the European citizens. Also, I am so proud to be able to say that I was one of his friends
I am presenting you today a humble tribute to one of the main contributors to the adoption of the Erasmus Programme. So welcome to the World of Erasmus Exchange! A world where, since 1987, the opportunities are endless.
Named after the well-travelled Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam, it covers the 28 EU countries as well as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey. As you know, Erasmus Desiderius was constantly preoccupied with education, youth and knowledge. How many of you do know that Erasmus as a programme is also an acronym which actually means …
European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students… So we have in here : Europe, action, mobility, higher education, students. Issues always on Franck Biancheri’s mind since he was a student himself.
Life is never the same after an international student exchange of this kind. Because this programme is one of the greatest culture and character building programmes that any student can have in a whole life.
When Franck Biancheri and his friends from the European Student Forum (AEGEE) insisted to talk to Francois Mitterand about the adoption of this extraordinary opportunity for the European Youth, he knew the importance of traveling and studying in another country. He knew how important that was for the mind-opening of those future European citizens, what an impact such experience would have for multilingualism and diversity, two of the main assets of the European Union. And who elso could have understood better than the AEGEE students, already having experienced Europe at all levels through the trans-national associative events they used to attend.
The number of Erasmus students tops 3 million now. The skills and international experience gained by Erasmus students make them more employable and more likely to be mobile on the labour market.
The upgraded Erasmus+ aims at 4 million people to study, train, teach or volunteer abroad by 2020. What a nice goal !
Where to find love in the 21st century? Dating websites and smartphone apps are all very well, but it turns out that young people searching for the partner of their dreams could do a lot worse than enrolling in the European Union’s educational exchange programme.
On this topic, I suggest you read or re-read Franck Biancheri’s essay about European love. Interesting advice is there for you or your kids. Enjoy reading it on FB Doc
Consequently, this study abroad programme is ‘responsible for 1 million babies’, because a new study suggests over a quarter of those who take part in the Erasmus scheme meet their long-term partner while studying abroad. This has created the first generation of young Europeans.
Speaking of young Europeans, one particular and very special young lady grew up under her father’s caring eyes… In his protective arms… With his life-influencing advice… This young lady is nowadays working and studying in a city called… Rotterdam… what a coincidence, isn’t it. Maybe later she will tell us why she chose this city?
One student actually created a trailer for this exchange programme and I wish to put an end to my tribute today with this remarkable video. I hope you will like it as much as I do, and feel free to share it so that many young students get to know this sensational project Franck Biancheri remarkably contributed to, many years ago.
And here you can enjoy another fabulous trailer [Franck Biancheri, l’Européen] ERASMUS 1987: