Wednesday, 17 November 2021
Department of Education and Skills
Further and Higher Education
170. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if students from universities in Northern Ireland were able to register for Erasmus for the winter semester of the 2021-2022 academic year; if they will be able to register in the summer semester; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [56431/21]
Officials from my Department were recently been advised by representatives from Northern Ireland Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that their participation in Erasmus was extended to May, 2023, due to the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. On this basis, they had secured funding to cover all NI higher education Erasmus mobilities for the 2022/2023 academic year.
In the light of this development, there is no need for any intervention on my Department's part for the 2021/ 2022 and 2022/ 2023 academic years.
My Department stands ready to re-engage with NI HEIs in October 2022 to put appropriate structures in place to support the continued access for NI HE students to Erasmus mobilities for the 2023/ 2024 academic year.