Erasmus expands to help Arab Spring

The European Commission announced on Tuesday that EUR66 million (US$90 million) will be allocated to extending the Erasmus Mundus higher education programme to support European Neighbourhood countries, in response to the Arab Spring. The initiative is aimed at achieving better understanding and mutual enrichment between the European Union and neighbouring countries by creating possibilities for student and academic staff mobility - for example, the opportunity to study in universities in EU member states - and exchange of knowledge and skills