Who is Erasmus?

Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus (Desiderious Erasmus of Rotterdam) was a Dutch Renaissance humanist and a Catholic Christian theologian born on October 27, 1466 (or 1469) in Rotterdam, Holland, and died on July 12, 1536 in Basel, Switzerland. His name derives from three elements: (1) the Latin noun desiderium which means “longing” or “desire”, as well as from the Greek adjective εράσμιος which means “desired”, (2) from Erasmus which is the name of a saint, and (3) the Latinized word for the city of Rotterdam (Roterodamus=Rotterdam).

His name was given to a European student exchange programme known as THE ERASMUS PROGRAMME established in 1987.

What is the Erasmus Programme?

As mentioned above, THE ERASMUS PROGRAMME is a European student exchange programme that was first proposed by the European Commission in 1986, and formally adopted in June 1987.  However, it was in operation on a pilot scheme, since 1981.  In 2007, Erasmus became of a part of the EU’s Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) 2021 – 2027.

Initially, the programme was named after the Dutch philosopher Desiderious Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466/1469-1536), but later on it became an acronym for European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students (ERASMUS).

The overall aim of the Erasmus programme is to create a European Higher Education Area and foster educational innovation throughout Europe through a series of specific objectives. These objectives were created  “to encourage and support academic mobility of higher education students and teachers within the European Union.”  In doing so, the Erasmus programme supports, promotes, and reinforces the role and contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education for the development and transfer of educational innovations from one participating country to another.

In general terms, the Erasmus program has become “a driver in the modernization of higher education in Europe and inspired the establishment of the Bologna Process.”

Who are Involved?

The participants in the Erasmus programme include higher education students, teachers, and staff, professional associations, public and private organizations/ businesses (profit and non-profit), research centres, and bodies that provide guidance, counselling, and information services.

Who are Benefited?

All institutions and/or individuals involved in the Erasmus programme are benefited. The effect maybe observed in various domains such as academic, technological, and research environments that may involve theoretical knowledge, professional skills, practical training, innovative ICT practices, and languages skills.

Morever, Erasmus has gone beyond the educational boundaries and has become “a social and cultural phenomenon” that offers new opportunities to meet new cultures and lifestyles.

What are the Rights and Obligations of the Erasmus Students?

As stated in the leaflet titled Erasmus Student Charter, students selected for an Erasmus mobility (studies or placement) have both rights and obligations towards their home and host institutions as well as towards their National Agency for Erasmus Programme.


Erasmus at the Philips College

The Philips College has been participating in the Lifelong Program (LLP) since August 2007 when it was awarded with the Erasmus extended University Charter 2021 – 2027 by the European Commission.  Since then, The Philips College has been a firm supporter to the concept of a European Higher Education Area through the implementation of European programs, Actions and Networks.

The Philips College — through its Erasmus office – welcomes, encourages, and promotes the idea of academic, social, and cultural diversity among Higher Educational Institutions (HEI) in Europe through students and staff exchanges.  These mobility actions offer unique opportunities for personal growth, academic recognition and professional development to a wide spectrum of individuals such as faculty staff, administrative personnel, researchers, and students.

At the same time, institutions are given the opportunity to get involved in an ongoing educational process that

(i)   facilitates an exchange of academic and scientific knowledge and information,

(ii)  encourages new and innovative educational practices and skills,

(iii)  promotes new approaches towards educational learning styles, and

(iv) supports new approaches towards curriculum development.

In its efforts to meet the objectives of the Erasmus more effectively, the Management of The Philips College has proposed the following strategic framework:

I.  Primary Aim

Through its participation in the LLP program, and more specifically in the Erasmus sub-program, The Philips College aims to form an educational network with various European academic institutions based on the idea of educational collaboration through the sharing of professional knowledge, research skills, and practical experiences.  The ultimate aim of this network would the improvement of the quality of education in terms of educational theory, teaching standards and practices, and research methods.

II.  Objectives

In order to achieve its above aim, The Philips College has set the following objectives:

(1) to expose its staff and students to new learning styles, teaching methods, research skills and new areas of research;

(2) to create for its students a more interesting and stimulating teaching environment;

(3) to enable its students adopt a more global mindset through the promotion of an in-depth understanding of the global economy and its competitive nature since this knowledge constitutes an important attribute for future success in any modern work environment;

(4) to introduce its student to the ideas of cross-cultural interaction, multicultural awareness, and cultural diversity.

III. Actions

As a way to reach its above objectives, The Philips College has decided on the following actions:

(1) Accepting academic staff and students of European HEIs with diverse educational and cultural backgrounds since they bring their own unique experiences;

(2) Exposing students of The Philips College to new ways of thought and perception that would help them increase their cultural awareness, critical abilities, and interpersonal and social skills through their interaction with other European students;

(3) Introducing students of The Philips College to more specialized and newly researched topics

(by guest lecturers) that would enrich their theoretical and practical knowledge.

Through Staff and Student Mobilities (past and current), the college has already established closed ties with numerous academic institutions of higher education in Europe (HEIs) of prestigious status.  It will continue in this direction by increasing the number of bilateral agreements with more European HEIs, and consequently, by increasing the number of participating staff and students in the Erasmus Mobilities.

Erasmus Office and Officers

The Erasmus Office was formally created in August 2007 when it was granted with the Erasmus extended University Charter 2021-2027 by the European Commission. It was then supervised by the International Relations Office. In 2008, it acquired its own facilities.

At the present time, its Erasmus Officers are:

(1)   Dr. Constantina Shiakallis

Institutional Erasmus Coordinator /

Director of International Relations Office

(2)   Mr. Marios Socratous

Assistant of the Institutional Erasmus Coordinator

(3)   Ms. Elena Kyriacou



Dear Erasmus candidates, staff and students,

Thank you for your interest in us. By considering our institution for your Erasmus mobility, you make us feel honored and proud. On behalf of the Philips College Management, I would like to express you our sincerest wishes for a unique and interesting Erasmus experience.

It is with great pleasure that I welcome you to our new Erasmus website. I hope that our online information will provide you with all the necessary answers to any inquiries you many have about your Erasmus mobility.

Once again, thank you for your consideration.

We are looking forward to seeing you in Cyprus.

Kind regards,

Dr. Constantina Shiakallis

Institutional Erasmus Coordinator

4-6 Lamias Street

2001 Strovolos

P.O.Box 28008

2090 Nicosia


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