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New EU educational programs presented at Skopje University

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Macedonian students, professors and scientists have the chance to use the benefits offered by the new seven-year educational programs of the European Union, Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020, which were presented Monday at the Ss. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje.

Erasmus Plus is established upon the previous European educational programs Youth in Action and Life Long Learning and Horizon 2020 is one of the EU’s biggest programs for science including the Framework Program Seven.

The promotion of the new educational programs kicked off from the Skopje University, being the oldest and biggest higher educational institution that had been awarded almost 60% of the funds from the 2007-2013 programs.

“Horizon 2020, which focuses on innovative project and researches, will encourage young people and scholars to work on creative ides funded by the EU and Erasmus Plus allows student exchange and acquiring of experiences at European universities… Our message to students, the academic staff and scientists is that EU integration is more than reforms and law amendments, it also requires the way of life to be changed and improved. The Republic of Macedonia is the next seven years is once again given the chance to partake in EU programs as a candidate country,” Deputy PM for European Affairs Fatmir Besimi stated.

Between 2007 and 2013, 40 million euros were used by various institutions in the country, universities and the private sector in different EU-led programs.

Apart from EU programs, young students and scientists are also financially supported with local fellowships, namely with the year-long “Gabriela Konevska-Trajkovska” scholarship awarded by the Secretariat for European Affairs for post-graduate studies related to EU integration.

Erasmus Plus and Horizon 2020, according to Minister of Education and Science Abdilaqim Ademi, are crucial for Macedonia’s educational system because “they offer a chance to use finances and our institutions to cooperate with European institutions.”

The 7-year Erasmus Plus program, which was launched this year, has a budget of 14.7 billion euros.