When EU Commissioner Androulla Vassiliou launched the Erasmus 25th anniversary celebrations in January 2012, there was plenty to look back on. To date, three million students have taken part in Erasmus mobility. The Programme has facilitated new higher education curricula and innovative approaches to learning, teaching and assessment. And it kicked off and underpinned the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), which ensures that study credits are comparable and portable across borders. But the 66 Erasmus student and staff ambassadors also wanted to move the programme on. So... they used the launch conference in Brussels to work on an Erasmus Manifesto which sets out 10 points for action (see pages 70-73). From 2014 onwards, the new Erasmus+ Programme will help to meet these aims and ensure that it continues to evolve in line with the needs of society. In this way, it will remain relevant to young people, higher education institutions and employers throughout Europe in years to come. In this brochure those same Erasmus student and staff ambassadors share their experiences of the Programme, how the 25th anniversary was marked in their country and, as the launch date of the new Programme fast approaches, their hopes for its future.