BES has recently been involved in the production of the European Commission financed Erasmus Impact Study (EIS) report. The study was undertaken by a consortium led by CHE Consult in conjunction with partners Brussels Education Services, the Compostela Group of Universities and the Erasmus Student Network.

The Erasmus Impact Study – Effects of mobility on the skills and employability of students and the internationalization of higher education institution  – provides strong evidence to support the notion that participation in Erasmus, the EU student exchange scheme, boosts an individual’s employability and job mobility.

“The findings of the EIS are extremely significant, given the context of unacceptably high levels of youth unemployment in the EU”, stated Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou during the Press Conference marking the unveiling of the study on 22 September 2014. The study shows that graduates with international experience fare much better on the job market. They are half as likely to experience long term unemployment compared with those who have not studied or trained abroad and, five years after graduation, their unemployment rate is 23% lower. The study is the largest of its kind and received feedback from nearly 80.000 respondents including students and businesses.

For more information:

Press release: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_IP-14-1025_en.htm?locale=en

MEMO/14/534 Erasmus Impact Study: Key findings: http://europa.eu/rapid/press-release_MEMO-14-534_en.htm

Erasmus Impact Study: full report: http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/study/2014/erasmus-impact_en.pdf