On Friday, May 13, 2016 at the Conference Hall of the Faculty of Technical Sciences (FTS), University of Novi Sad, Erasmus+ mobility and Erasmus+ Student and Alumni Association (ESAA) promotion was held to around 150 students, with aim to explain and inform how students should spend one part of their studies at one of the 140 universities across Europe. Welcome and introductory speech was given by the professor Dr. Bojan Lalić, Erasmus+ coordinator at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Management, who pointed out that it is important for students to spend some time at the Universities throughout Europe because in that way, after returning from the mobility program, along with professors can improve subjects and even contribute towards development of new study programs.
On behalf of ESAA, students were addressed by Ms. Katarina Vaščić with ESAA presentation. She explained that so far three million students in Europe have participated in the exchange programs in the framework of this program, and that the plan is by 2020 that figure to be 20 percent of the whole student population, or one in five students. Katarina explained to the audience that all those who were participating in the mobility program are 85 percent more likely to get jobs because studying abroad not only gain the necessary knowledge and experience, but also the courage and flexibility, which often acts as a disincentive to themselves later engage in the opening of their companies and launch operations.
Head of International Relationship Office (IRO) at the University of Novi Sad, Ms. Ivana Vujkov, highlighted the attractiveness of Erasmus+ programs since awarded students receive scholarships ranging from 750-850 euros per month. She underlined for students to regularly monitor information posted at the university website. She also noted that the total budget of the program is 22.4 million euros for 2016, and for the Western Balkans it was planned 3,600 scholarships, of which 360 would be able to take advantage of our students. IRO officer at the FTS, Mr. Nemanja Dukić, presented the work of this office, and spoke to the students about the benefits of such mobility programs which are launched twice a year. He said that before deciding to apply, it is important to obtain basic information on the mobility scheme, which means to review the websites, to see which calls are open, what are the deadlines, to review the website of a foreign university for which students want to apply for, to determine to what extend curriculum overlap with the their studies, et cetera.
Ms. Dejana Nikolić shared with the participants her experiences from the mobility program – one-year stay at the University of Alcala, Spain – and told to all the students that this is an unforgettable experience, where apart from education every student has the opportunity to experience something unforgettable, make new friends, learn a new language and get to know yourself better. A special guest at the presentation was a professor from the University of the Aegean, Greece, Dr. Andreas Andrikopoulos, who is at his own faculty a coordinator for the Erasmus+ program. Professor explained to the students the evaluation process and gave useful advice on how to better fill out the application and be awarded with the mobility at one of universities in Europe. After a formal presentation at the Conference Hall of the FTS students were during catering at the students’ club "Masinac" had the opportunity to informally communicate with all the speakers, and to obtain detailed information on Erasmus+ and ESAA. Project manager of Organize Your Own Event, Professor Dr. Uglješa Marjanović hosted a dinner at the local restaurant for all speakers and all student volunteers who helped in organizing this event. Outcome of the project is video track available at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3rT_md30EGU