EUA is a promoter and supporter of the EU’s Erasmus+ programme, which is of vital importance for its members. One of Europe’s most successful initiatives, Erasmus+ is of high importance for the European higher education community. It enables cooperation within Europe, with the EU Neighbourhood and beyond, and provides opportunities for millions of Europeans and international students to study and gain work experience abroad. Thus, it enhances the quality and international standing of European higher education and its contribution to society.
The Association is very active in working with EU policy makers to ensure that the programme and its successors have the very best design possible, as well as sufficient funding. EUA, through feedback from its many members, gathers data and analyses what works and what needs improvement in the programme.
EUA has provided input to the design of the new generation of the Erasmus+ programme (2021-27). The Association has continuously advocated for policy makers to match the success of the programme with funding. It has also pushed for increased inclusion and equitable participation, as well as more simplification in order to decrease the bureaucratic burden, and thus workloads and additional costs.
On the funding side, EUA promotes its recommendations through the EU funding for universities campaign.
As European leaders work towards an agreement on the European Union’s next seven-year budget, the Multiannual Financial Framework, and the related Next Generation EU recovery plan to help the EU’s economy back on its feet, EUA and 14 partner university associations reiterate the urgent need to invest in research, innovation and education to achieve long-term, sustainable recovery and strategic resilience.
The European Commission’s new proposal for the next seven-year budget of the European Union together with the Next Generation EU recovery plan falls short of much needed investment in research, innovation and education.
The Erasmus Student Network (ESN) launched their yearly ESNsurvey, the largest European-wide research project conducted solely by volunteers working to advocate for the improvement of exchange programmes and education in Europe. The deadline to participate is 31 January. This year’s edition of...view more
Europe’s universities, in the European Union and neighbouring countries including the United Kingdom, are pleased to see that an agreement on the EU-UK future relationship has been reached. The European family of universities sees the result as a solid basis to continue and enhance our...view more
The “Spotlight on recognition” project has launched a series of activities and opportunities to engage. The project, co-funded by Erasmus+, is coordinated by EUA and will be of interest to higher education professionals and other stakeholders working in the field of recognition. The...view more
After the longest negotiations ever on the seven-year EU budget, member states managed to find a compromise at the European summit on 10 December to overcome the veto of Hungary and Poland. The two countries had contested the mechanism linking the disbursement of EU funds to the respect...view more
The new European Commission “Action Plan on Integration and Inclusion” frames migrant integration under the overarching theme of “Inclusion for all”. Like the previous plan, there is a strong emphasis on the role of education and training (particularly early education) in the integration of...view more
This summer, EUA launched the new Erasmus+ co-funded “Spotlight on recognition” project. It aims to support higher education staff responsible for recognition processes and decisions by enhancing their capacities in terms of recognition procedures in compliance with the Lisbon Recognition...view more
The European Parliament and EU Council negotiating team finally agreed on the EU’s multiannual financial framework, a process made more complex than ever this time due to the pandemic and the related new recovery package, the difficulties of striking a deal among member states, and the strongly...view more
The presidents of the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), Universities Austria (UNIKO) and the Association of Universities in the Netherlands (VSNU), all EUA members, have published a common statement urging governments to recognise the value of education, research and innovation in the EU...view more
The European Parliament met on 23 July in an extraordinary plenary session to adopt a resolution declaring that it does not accept the budget deal made by EU leaders on 21 July. EUA welcomes the resolution and supports the European Parliament in its call for more funding for research, innovation...view more
European leaders meet this week on 17-18 July with the goal of reaching an agreement on the European Union’s next seven-year budget and the related recovery plan to help the EU’s economy back on its feet. On this occasion, EUA and 14 partner university associations reiterate the urgent need to...view more
In the European Commission’s latest proposal for the EU’s next seven-year budget, Erasmus+ is projected to be funded with 24.6 billion euros. While this would represent an increase of 3.4 billion compared to the 2014-2020 programme, EUA has expressed concern in a statement that the amount will not...view more
As negotiations regarding the EU-UK future relations enter a critical phase, EUA calls on both parties to look for compromise and not to lose sight of a key element of the big picture, which is that continued cooperation in research, innovation and education is highly beneficial for all...view more
As the European Commission released its new proposal for the next seven-year budget of the European Union, the academic community nourished hope that, in the few past months, it had become clear to policymakers just how fundamental adequate investment in research, innovation and education is to...view more
ESN, the Erasmus Student Network, has launched the Erasmus+ ‘Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility’ (SIEM) project, a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, UUKi and the European University Foundation, YES Forum, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), University of Vigo (ES),...view more
Nuffic, the Dutch organisation for internationalisation in education, published three final outcomes of the Erasmus+ project AR-Net, which focuses on further improving recognition in Europe, for instance by exploring portability of recognition decisions. The publications are: The European...view more
The European Students Union (ESU), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) and the European University Foundation (EUF) are launching a proposal for a baseline mobility grant of 500€/month from 2021 onwards. The #Erasmus500 Declaration builds upon a DAAD proposal from 2019 and is aimed at addressing...view more
The Centre for East European and International studies (ZOiS) published a report entitled "Higher Education in Europe’s Unrecognized Territories: Challenges and Opportunities", co-authored by Thomas de Waal and Sabine von Löwis. The report looks in detail at the universities in Abkhazia,...view more
The coronavirus pandemic has implications for student and staff mobility and projects funded by EU programmes such as Erasmus+ and Horizon 2020. Several application deadlines for Erasmus+ have been extended. Furthermore, the Commission announced to apply maximum flexibility in the...view more
Building synergies between education, research and innovation across disciplines is crucial to...read more
EUA has recently conducted a study on the implementation of International Credit Mobility towards disadvantaged students for the European Commission. Under the Support and Promotion for Higher Education Reform Experts initiative (SPHERE), the study addresses the capacity of the Erasmus+ programme...view more
European Council President Charles Michel called a special European Summit on 20 February to discuss the Multiannual Financial Framework. The negotiations of this seven-year budget are down to the wire and will determine the future of key programmes like Horizon Europe and Erasmus+. EUA...view more
UNA Europa, a strategic alliance of eight EUA member universities from across Europe, is celebrating the launch of its project 1Europe with an event in Brussels on 22 January. The consortium composed of KU Leuven, Complutense University of Madrid, the University of Edinburgh, FU Berlin, the...view more
On 7 November the first 17 alliances of the European Universities Initiative were launched in Brussels in the presence of some 800 representatives of universities, university associations, student, national ministries and the European Commission. EUA President Michael Murphy addressed the...view more
On 8 November, the first ever joint meeting of member state education and finance ministers at EU level took place in Brussels. Discussions circled around the contribution of education and training to long-term sustainable growth and policies strengthening the efficiency and effectiveness of...view more
The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) organises the final dissemination seminar of the Erasmus+ Refugees and Recognition – Toolkit 2 (REACT) project on 17 January 2020 in Brussels. The project has identified possible pathways for the admission of refugee students in...view more
Europe’s universities are upping their game for the new decade, to meet the challenges of our...read more
Fair recognition in the European Higher Education Area can only be fully achieved if practices in...read more
As part of the Erasmus+ programme, the European Union launched the Master Student Loan Guarantee...read more
In the coming academic year, virtual mobility might be the only reliable option for some...read more
In the July 2019 edition of the EU-LAC Newsletter, Federica Mogherini, then the High...read more
Europe must connect its ambition of being a digital leader with initiatives already happening at...read more
The Erasmus+ Programme prescribes affirmative action in favour of disadvantaged students....read more
Investment in research and education not only brings the highest European added value, it is also...read more
The European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term review must consider how to harness the potential of...read more
Michael Gaebel, Director of Higher Education Policy at the European University Association,...read more
Erasmus+ as the successor of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) brings a major contribution to...read more
There is no doubt that Erasmus+ offers an excellent range of opportunities for students and staff...read more
The University of Granada was very active in many of the Erasmus+ predecessor programmes and in...read more
For Ghent University, Erasmus+ is a vital instrument in the attainment of its strategic ambition...read more