The European Commission's flagship action in the field of education, the university exchange programme Erasmus, continued to expand in the academic year 2005/06. T
he overall number of students taking part on Erasmus exchanges rose by over 7% the previous year, while the number of university teachers exchanged grew by over 12%. The biggest impact of the scheme has been felt in the Central and Eastern European countries. Student exchanges rose on average by about 20% in the Member States which joined the EU 3 years ago, while growth in teacher remained high with 20%.