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.


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