(Sir Europe – Brussels) – "For 27 years, Erasmus has enabled students to spend time abroad to broaden their horizons and improve their skills. As well as contributing to a sense of belonging to the European family, the skills which Erasmus promotes also help students to boost their employability and career prospects". Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education and Youth, commented on the data released today relating to the academic year 2012/2013, which was another record year for the European programme for education and training abroad. Moreover, the "new Erasmus+ programme will enable even more young people to study, train, work or volunteer abroad in the next seven years". Over the last academic year, nearly 270,000 students benefitted from EU grants to study or train abroad. "While studying at another university continues to be the most popular choice the Commissioner explained -, one in five students (55,000) opted for Erasmus job placements in companies". In 2012-2013, the three most popular Erasmus destinations were Spain, Germany and France. Countries sending the highest number of students as a proportion of their graduate population were Luxembourg, Finland, Latvia and Spain.