Cardiff Metropolitan University has become a new foundation member of garagErasmus, the Erasmus generation professional network.
Cardiff Met and the garagErasmus Foundation have started working together to strengthen the mobility of talents and ideas in Europe. Cardiff Met is continually investing in its students' futures and provides education and training opportunities that are accessible, flexible and of the highest quality to students from over 140 countries worldwide. The University prides itself as being a strong, sustainable and student-centered university, focused on the economic, social and cultural wellbeing of Cardiff and south east Wales; promoting student employability, applied research and knowledge transfer.
Cardiff Met, by signing the Charter, has confirmed that the Erasmus+ Programme (EU and International) supports the European modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education in general and in particular its own university-wide strategy. The University has already secured over €500,000 of Erasmus+ funding in the first two rounds.
garagErasmus connects former Erasmus students – over 3 million people currently aged between 20 and 50 – in order to help them find jobs, create new businesses, and contribute to economic and social innovation in Europe. It will also assist in keeping track of Erasmus alumni, their careers, mobility pattern, lifelong learning needs and aspirations after they complete their Erasmus mobility.
Former Erasmus students are a generation of extraordinary people who have had a life-changing experience and who can play a key role in Europe's future. garagErasmus supports economic growth and social innovation by building the first professional network of the Erasmus generation, linking the local with the global level and attracting talents from all Europe.
European universities are the most important stakeholders in the Erasmus programme as they send and host the over 250,000 Erasmus students from over 33 countries each year. In November 2014, the garagErasmus foundation launched a large outreach campaign to invite several hundred universities to learn more about the many benefits of joining its alliance as foundation members.