DCU is one of twelve higher level institutes in Ireland that has been awarded with an Erasmus+ International Credit Mobility Programme.
Under this programme DCU will be able to send and receive students and staff from regions outside Europe.
Up until 2015 the Erasmus Programme only supported staff and students sent and received within the European Union.
According to the Head of International Education at the Higher Education Authority (HEA), Gerry O’ Sullivan, DCU will now be linked with six universities across Egypt, Georgia and the Ukraine.
€1 million euro has been allocated to the 12 universities in Ireland selected with DCU receiving €21,068 to fund the project from the Erasmus National Agency.
Mr. O’ Sullivan informed The College View that this is a great opportunity for DCU and in keeping with the university’s international strategy as it is spreading its reach to different countries.
“DCU is extending to other parts of the world and area that would not be traditionally partners to Ireland because of distance amongst other things,” he said.
“It is exciting because the Higher Education Systems in the Ukraine and Georgia are in a state of evolving and growth at the minute.Egypt is interesting because it has a great reputation for its higher level institutions and has the oldest universities in the world.”
Over 270 students and 120 staff from third level will benefit from Erasmus+ by receiving a chance to study in universities that they would not have had access to originally.
Some other colleges that are included in this programme are University College Dublin, University of Limerick, Trinity College Dublin, Mary Immaculate College, Cork Institute of Technology, Dún Laoghaire Institute of Art, Design and Technology, Dublin Institute of Technology and Institute of Technology Tallaght Dublin.