Erasmus for All is the new programme proposed by the European Commission for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Together with the proposed Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, the EU programme for the training, mobility and career development of researchers, it will significantly increase the possibilities for students, researchers and staff to engage in international mobility and cooperation.

Erasmus for All builds on current programmes such as Erasmus and Erasmus Mundus. One of the most important new features is that it will be possible to use an EU scholarship to study or teach outside of the European Union.

 

How will Erasmus for All be organised, and what will it mean for you?

Under Erasmus for All, the activities will be organised in three key actions: mobility, cooperation for innovation and policy support.

 

1. MOBILITY

Erasmus for All will support both credit (Erasmus type- short term) mobility as well as degree mobility (to obtain a full degree) and staff mobility.

 

Credit mobility - Do a part of your studies or a traineeship period abroad

 

Credit mobility, as we know it from Erasmus, will still be a large part of the new programme, but under Erasmus for All, there will be more opportunities. Scholarships will be offered not only for mobility within the EU, but also for exchanges with non-EU countries.

 

As under the current Erasmus programme, student mobility implies full recognition of credits obtained during the study period abroad.

Over 2 million higher education students would spend part of their education and training abroad, including EU students who study in a non-EU country and non- EU students who study in the EU.

Degree mobility – Increase your chances in the employment market by obtaining a joint international degree

Joint Master Courses of excellent quality will be offered by consortia of EU/non EU universities to attract the very best students worldwide. Courses will include obligatory study periods in at least two universities, and award recognised double, multiple or joint degrees.  Interested students will apply for EU grants directly to the universities offering the joint Master Courses.

A new student loan guarantee is being established to support students who want to study for a master's degree in another EU Member State.

Under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, joint, double or multiple doctorates will be funded. In addition, European Industrial Doctorates will encourage collaboration with the private sector to foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit.

 

Joint degree grants would allow 34 000 Masters students and 26 000 Doctoral candidates to study in another country – including EU students/candidates studying outside the European Union and students/candidates from other parts of the world studying in the European Union.

Staff mobility

The new programme would also allow European higher education staff to teach or get trained in another European or Non-European country.  Similarly, funding will also be available to attract higher education staff from Non-European countries to the EU for teaching or training purposes.

 

2. COOPERATION AND INNOVATION

European and Non-European universities will be encouraged to engage in strategic partnerships with other higher education institutions, organisations and enterprises. The programme will also foster

strengthened cooperation between education institutions and business through Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances to boost innovation and to ensure that the educational systems better match the needs of the labour market. Specific support will be also granted to partnerships focusing on building capacity in the countries neighbouring the EU but also in Asia, Latin-America and Africa.

 

Strategic partnerships bring new knowledge and opportunities for institutions, students and for staff.  400 Knowledge and Sector Skills Alliances would involve 4 000 educational institutions and businesses in partnerships promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship. Around 1000 projects will be implemented with non EU partners.

 

3. POLICY SUPPORT

Erasmus for All will support the modernisation of higher education policies through dialogue with governments and other relevant parties in Europe and beyond, as well as the implementation of concrete tools that promotes transparency in higher education.

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Mme. Terri-Ann Priel