EUA is a major supporter of the EU’s Erasmus+ programme. 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.
Currently, EUA is involved in providing input to the design of the next generation of the programme to start in 2020. The Association has consistently advocated for policy makers to match the success of the programme with funding. It has also pushed for more simplification in order to decrease the bureaucratic burden, and thus work loads and additional costs. Notably, EUA has advocated for a more equitable participation through the establishment of a flexible Erasmus+ grant, among others, to integrate international talent with a protection status.
EUA conducts this work along side its efforts to provide policy makers with input on the design for the EU’s Framework Programme for Research and Innovation. On the funding side, it promotes its recommendations through the EU funding for universities campaign.
Addressing Europe’s key challenges and ensuring sustainable development requires the EU to have a well-functioning budget and to revisit its investment priorities. Cooperation in research and education is a key facilitator in achieving these goals and should therefore be a top investment priority for the Union in the future. The Framework Programme for Research and Innovation (FP), the European Structural and Investment Funds (ESIF) and Erasmus+ (E+) are important tools in channelling such investment, make it available to beneficiaries and provide a framework for cooperation.
EUA responded to the European Commission’s consultation on the Future of the EU programmes. The EU programmes have a European added value, which could be further enhanced, and which is critical both for individual institutional development, but also for the further realisation of the EHEA and the overall success of the smart, sustainable and inclusive growth objective at the heart of the EU2020 agenda for the future of the European Union.
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
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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
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
The Erasmus+ Refugee Education Initiatives (REIs) consortium has launched a call for papers for a workshop on “Exploring European Experiences in Providing Higher Education for Refugees and Asylum Seekers”, taking place at Central European University, Budapest, on 19-20 March 2020. Papers from...view more
The Norwegian Agency for Quality Assurance in Education (NOKUT) organises a webinar on 19 November from 12:00 to 14:00 to present the results of the testing performed at higher education institutions in Norway, the Netherlands, Germany, Italy and Ireland. The webinar is organised within the...view more
Mariya Gabriel, Commissioner-designate for Innovation and Youth, was well-received during her official hearing in the European Parliament on 30 September. As the College of Commissioners awaits final approval, Gabriel has already begun meetings with key stakeholders. This week she sat down with...view more
The European Commission is organising an event on the European Universities Initiative on 7 November 2019 in Brussels. It will be the kick-off for the 17 European university alliances that were selected through the first pilot call and an occasion to present their projects to the public. In an...view more
Europe’s universities welcome the newly-unveiled list of proposed EU commissioners and their portfolios. The College of Commissioners and their areas proposed by President-elect Ursula von der Leyen point to a fresh and ambitious approach for the next five years. It is particularly welcome that...view more
On 26 June, the European Commission announced the results of the first pilot call for “European Universities”. Out of 54 applications, 17 networks involving 114 higher education institutions from 25 countries have been selected for funding. Each of them will receive up to €5 million over...view more
On 19 March the Council of the EU adopted a series of legislative acts as part of its contingency preparations for a no-deal Brexit scenario, including measures concerning the Erasmus+ programme and social security coordination. These measures would allow EU students and staff currently in the...view more
Following the recent launch of the European Universities Initiative under the 2019 Erasmus+ call, the Directorate General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (DG EAC) of the European Commission and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) are hosting an information...view more
On 30 May the European Commission released its proposal for the 2021-2027 Erasmus programme....read more
EUA has issued a first response to the European Commission’s proposal for the EU’s next Erasmus programme. Released on 30 May, the proposal provides a solid basis for discussion on the 2021-2027 programme, including the much-needed increase in funding. The...view more
The European University Association (EUA) appreciates the European Commission’s proposal for the 2021-2027 EU budget and welcomes its willingness to step up investment in forwardlooking policies including research and education. EUA appreciates the Commission’s efforts to align political...view more
The European University Association (EUA) appreciates the European Commission’s proposal for the...read more
Universities and national rectors’ conferences join their voices to argue for a renewed funding commitment to research and education at the European level. Across Europe, many universities and university associations are addressing policy makers and society at large about the need...view more
In line with the campaign “EU funding for universities”, which gathers support from the...read more
The European University Association (EUA) welcomes the willingness of EU Member States to significantly increase the budget for the future Erasmus+ programme after 2020. This broad support for a strong future programme is the main outcome of the Education Council meeting on 15 February...view more
On 31 January 2018, the European Commission published the external midterm evaluation report of the Erasmus+ programme. The report, “Combined evaluation of Erasmus+ and predecessor programmes”, is accompanied by the Commission’s own report and a staff working paper. They provide evidence for...view 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