30th anniversary of ERASMUS+


Pierre Giorgini unveils a plaque to celebrate the 30th anniversary of ERASMUS+ and the Université Catholique de Lille’s commitment to the European idea.


For 30 years now, ERASMUS has been changing the face of Europe: 30 years of exchanges, knowledge, and shared European destinies to which the Université Catholique de Lille has been contributing since the launch of the program in 1987.


A plaque celebrating its commitment to European mobility was unveiled on Tuesday 10 October, by Pierre Giorgini, President-Rector of the Université Catholique de Lille. Joined by numerous French and international students, he stressed how crucial the program is for the training of informed students and the construction of Europe.


Greta Jachimovičiūtė, a Lithuanian student in Lille for her third exchange abroad, and Brieuc Falisse, an ISTC student back from the Czech Republic, enthusiastically shared their experiences as ERASMUS students. They have learned new languages and discovered other cultures, but both underlined that “it was much more than this”. “ERASMUS makes people more tolerant”. They hope that the program “will lead to the open mindedness that Europe needs to thrive”. “Around one million babies are born from parents who met during their ERASMUS exchange. One million ERASMUS babies… It’s one million proofs that European integration works and is a true opportunity for the future !”