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The University Presidents in Valencia reject the proposal of cutting Erasmus scholarships to one semester, which would affect more than 3,000 students

 

Alicante, Valencia, Castellón, 24 January 2014

The Chairman of the Conference of Presidents of the Valancian Public Universities (CRUPV) and President of the University Jaume I, Vicent Climent, has expressed today the rejection of the proposal from the Ministry of Education to reduce the Erasmus scholarships from a complete academic year to one semester only starting from the next academic year 2014-2015, as the entire academic year is the main choice of the the majority of the Valencian students and the best one that guarantees both the assimilation of the language and the best performance during the academic stay abroad. Currently, 3613 students from Valencian public universities are studying at European universities within the Erasmus program and most of them are performing a full year. The University of Valencia is  -among the universities in this region- the one that sends out more students under this programme, with a total of 1,471 students, followed by the Polytechnic University of Valencia (1078), the University of Alicante (490), the University Jaume I (319) and the University Miguel Hernández (255).

Clement stressed that undergraduate and Master’s degrees in Europe are three and two years respectively, while Spain they are four and a year, thereby the recognition of both credits and programmes is complex, and more so even when it is not a full academic year but one semester only.

 

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