Andrea Perilli

The impact of the EU educational programmes: nature, influence and public diplomacy

Andrea Perilli is a PhD candidate focusing on EU educational programmes. His international academic experiences in Italy, Spain, France, Belgium and the UK provide him practical insights into European Higher Education policies, a deep understanding of intercultural communication and testify to an outstanding enthusiasm for supporting the development of the European Union and beyond.

Andrea Perilli specialises in International/European law and politics. He graduated in Law from the University of Salerno (Italy) and then followed a Master of Arts at the College of Europe in Bruges (European Political and Administrative Studies Department), focusing on evaluating the impact of the Erasmus+ programme on selected countries taking part in the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP). During his studies, he attended more than two years abroad at the University of Salamanca (Spain), the University of Lyon 2 (France) and Staffordshire University (UK). Andrea has already written two Master’s theses, the first one on the transition from the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the second one on the Erasmus+ programme. What is more, he has recently collaborated with the European Commission in the review procedure of the evaluation report on EU development co-operation support to Higher Education in partner countries. 

PhD research description

Andrea's research is built on his Master’s thesis and subsequently published policy research paper which allowed him an important initial insight into the area of European Higher Education (HE) policies, but were necessarily limited. Andrea's hypothesis is that Erasmus+ alumni are ambassadors and multipliers of the EU’s HE policy leading to changes in both socio-cultural perception and national HE policies according to a bottom-up approach. Meaning that it is the mobility that pushes the convergence of partner countries’ HE policies with the EU and not the other way around. 

The assumption that direct contact between people from different national and cultural backgrounds can redress past animosities and promote international cooperation has always been popular. That is why transactionalists identified student and staff mobility as an essential condition for the success of international integration. In fact, after coming back with new knowledge and personal relations, Erasmus alumni are expected to transmit the culture of the country where they had studied. They became carries of EU’s public diplomacy.

The aim of the research is to evaluate the conditions under which EU educational programmes can be considered tools to spread EU public diplomacy. 

PhD supervisors

Andrea is studying his PhD within the Institute for Diplomacy and International Governance

Awards, grants or scholarships received

  • European Neighbourhood Policy Scholarship 2016/2017;
  • Erasmus for study scholarship 2012/2013;
  • Erasmus+ for study scholarship 2014/2015;
  • Erasmus+ for traineeship scholarship 2016;
  • Ad Maiora - Baccalaureate issued by Rotary International, 2011;
  • Cum laude awarded as High School graduate, 2010.

Papers, publications and articles

Interests and activities

Andrea has a range of interests, including: 

  • Travelling
  • Reading (especially historical novels)
  • Volunteering (13 years in the Italian scout association)
  • Former active member of the Association des États Généraux des Étudiants de l'Europe - AEGEE)
  • Cultural and linguistic exchanges
  • Football
  • Higher education cooperation and lifelong learning
  • Active member of Volt, a pan-European, progressive movement that stands for a new and inclusive way of doing politics and that wants to bring real change to all European citizens. 
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