On March 16, 2016, the first Erasmus + Day took place in the main lecture hall at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna. The event was organized by the International Office (IO, a branch of the CPD - Department of Continuing Professional Development and Educational Cooperation) and gathered a culturally and socially diverse audience. Aside from students, there was a surprisingly high number of employees drawn by the ERASMUS + Day’s agenda.
Mag. Alexandra Albrich moderated the event in an upbeat manner, opening it with warm welcoming words in several languages which established a multicultural vibe right from the onset.
The audience was then welcomed by Dr. Wolfgang Greller (the vice rector of the University College of Teacher Education Vienna), Dr. Thomas Strasser (head of department IWQ) and Dr. Thomas Bauer (the head of the IO and Erasmus+ coordinator). As former exchange students, each of them highlighted the many-faceted benefits of the ERASMUS+ program. Seen through their eyes, the ERASMUS+ program is not only a traveling opportunity that connects people, but a wonderful opportunity to help you better understand yourself and the world around you. After Dr. Bauer presented his teamand thanked everyone for their kind assistance in organizing this event, he set out to answer the question of the day - why would students and academics want to travel and study/work abroad? By presenting the 5 key findings of the Erasmus Impact Study, Dr. Bauer, once again underlined the said benefits of the exchange program.
Mag. Albrich invited Sophia Börjeson MSc (originally from Sweden) to the stage, a representative of the OeAD (Austrian agency for international mobility and cooperation in education, science and research) who, herself, participated in the exchange program. Ms. Börjeson delivered a very informative presentation on the mobility opportunities aimed at students, teaching and non-teaching staff, and academics interested in internships.
The incoming students, currently studying at the University College of Teacher Education Vienna, were actively involved in the second part of the event. The info stands, which were put up according to the area of responsibility, enabled all interested parties to gather more specific information over a friendly chat and some refreshments.
Finally, the first ERASMUS + Day received immediate positive feedback and the CPD together with the IO are looking forward to future ERASMUS + events.
For more information contact:
Mag. phil. Izabela Kulhanek, MA
Department of Continuing Professional Development and Educational Cooperation