Erasmus+ is the new EU programme for Education, Training, Youth, and Sport for 2014-2020. The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, and Sport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
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KEY ACTION 1
Each project can last either 16 or 24 months and HEIs can apply for funding to support any of the following mobility activities within a project:
- a study period in a programme country abroad lasting between 3 and 12 months
- a traineeship (work placement) abroad lasting between 2 and 12 months
Students may undertake up to 12 months’ mobility in total per academic cycle.
Each 12 month period can consist of any combination of eligible study and/or traineeship mobilities. Additionally recent graduates may be supported to undertake a traineeship but they must be selected by their HEI during their last year of study and the traineeship must take place within 12 months of graduating.
- teaching periods = staff deliver teaching at another HEI abroad
- training periods = staff undertake a training event or undergo job shadowing/observation/training in a relevant organisation abroad
Staff mobility activities can last from 2 days to 2 months, excluding travel time. Staff teaching as part of their mobility must complete a minimum of 8 hours’ teaching per week.
KEY ACTION 2
Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity to organisations, as well as enterprises, public authorities to cooperate in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernisation and societal innovation.
Strategic Partnerships is part of the Key Action 2 “Cooperation for innovation and exchange of good practices” of Erasmus Plus. They aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organisational, local, regional, national or European levels.
Remains a centralised action with annual calls for proposals, around 1000 projects for 7 years. Annual budget in draft legal basis: from 92 M€ in 2014 to 122 M€ in 2020 Conditions: 2- 3 years with a minimum of 3 HEIs from 3 different EU or Enlargement countries (with National Agency) and a minimum of 2 HEIs from each Partner Country involved in the project New higher education Charter compulsory for partners from participating countries.
Third countries must comply with its rules.