Ambassador of France in Ireland, H.E. Stephane Crouzat and Dr Sandra Joyce of the Irish World Academy Picture: Oisin McHugh/True Media
AS part of a European-wide celebration of the Erasmus+ programme, the Ambassador of France to Ireland visited Limerick’s third level institutes for a diverse showcase of Limerick’s third level institutes.
French Ambassador Stéphane Crouzat visited the University of Limerick (UL), Mary Immaculate College (MIC), the Limerick Institute of Technology (LIT) and the LIT Limerick School of Art and Design on Friday October 12 as part of Erasmus Days 2018.
The two-day annual event aims to promote the importance of youth mobility and European Union citizenship throughout EU member states.
“Limerick is a fantastic place, very vibrant,” Mr Crouzat said of this first official visit to the city.
“I was struck to see how many French students are here, doing all sorts of different programmes. We met a student in law, there was a dancer, an economics student; there is quite a variety,” he added.
“I was lucky to visit the University of Limerick as well as Limerick Institute of Technology. I visited Mary Immaculate College as well, where I saw a wonderful little Franco-German house which welcomes graduate PhD students from both France and Germany.”
“We went to the Irish World Academy (at UL) where there was an event to celebrate Erasmus and its vibrancy and diversity. Lots of students presented their music, which they shared with the public.”
At the Limerick School of Art and Design, the ambassador viewed an art exhibition, showcasing 22 binational families who met through an Erasmus exchange.
“We visited the Limerick School of Art and Design to see a wonderful exhibition, which is called ‘European Unions’,” Mr Crouzat explained.
“It is all about Franco or Irish or Norwegian or German couples, who met thanks to Erasmus.”
“We reckon about a million babies have been born thanks to the Erasmus programme, so we have what we call the Erasmus babies throughout Europe! It's a really lovely idea to showcase these.”
“What is great about Erasmus is that it joins Europeans together in a concrete way,” he added.
“Students share this incredible experience, sometimes it's the first time they go away for a long time and a lot of them have found their life long partners.”