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  • 23rd May 2019 - 15:45 GMT

ESN: Adopts a new vision for a new decade

The vision and mission statements form the foundation for all activities in an organization. In 2009, when the last mission and vision were adopted, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) had 303 local associations across 33 European countries. Since then ESN has grown substantially in the past years in all of its fields, now counting 527 local associations and 13,000 volunteers in 39 countries.

The Erasmus+ Programme is also growing: in its new phase after 2021, the European Commission plans to provide learning and mobility opportunities to 12 million people, in comparison to 4 million in the current programme. As a consequence, an increasing number of exchange students from outside of Europe and more people from diverse backgrounds request the support of ESN and its volunteers.

Acknowledging the responsibility to answer to this demand, ESN International carried widespread consultations in which thousands of ESN volunteers across all regions of the European continent have expressed their ideas for the future of the organisation. This effort resulted in a new ESN vision for a new decade.

”By 2025, ESN will be the global network of the Erasmus Generation, committed to improving international education and providing self-development opportunities to two million young people, fostering intercultural understanding and creating positive change in society.”

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