appendix 3 Erasmus plus vircamp

The EU programme for
Education, Training, Youth and Sport
Erasmus+: Why a new
• Education, training and youth: a changing landscape
Deep economic crisis and high youth unemployment
Vacancies exist, but skills gaps mean low employability of graduates
Growing requirement for high skilled jobs
Global competition for talent: internationalisation of education
Extraordinary broadening of learning supply and potential of ICT
Complementarity between formal, informal and non-formal learning
Need for closer links with world of work
=> New approach necessary
Erasmus+: a new approach
We need:
 Closer
links between programme and policy
 More synergies and interaction between formal,
informal and non-formal learning
 More cross-sectoral partnerships with world of work
 Stronger focus on EU added value
What's new? (1)
A single integrated programme
Main areas:
School education
 Higher Education
 Vocational education and training (VET)
 Adult Education
 Youth
Bringing 7 existing programmes into a single coherent
framework: KA1, KA2 o KA3, Jean Monnet
Seeking to achieve greater systemic impact
What's new? (2)
Substantial simplifications
 Fewer calls and large reduction in number of actions
 More user-friendly programme, easier to navigate
 Simplified financial management.
Substantial budget increase
 40% increase, benefiting all sectors
 Additional funding from external action instruments to
 International dimension of higher education
3 main types of Key Action
Learning mobility
of individuals (KA1)
Cooperation for innovation
and exchange of good
practices (KA2)
Support for
policy reform
•Mobility: staff, students,
vocational education and
training students
• Student loan guarantee
• Joint Master’s degrees
• Mobility for higher
education for EU and non-EU
• Volunteering and youth
• Strategic partnerships
• Open method of
• Prospective initiatives
• EU recognition tools
• Dissemination &
• Policy dialogue with
stakeholders, third
countries and international
• Knowledge Alliances &
Sector Skills Alliances
• IT-Platforms including eTwinning
• Cooperation with third
countries and focus on
neighbouring countries
Budget by Key Action 20142020
Opportunities for individuals
2 million higher education students will study and train
650 000 vocational students will spend part of their
education and training abroad
200 000 Master’s students will benefit from a new loan
guarantee scheme and more than 25 000 scholarships
for Joint Master’s Degrees
500 000 young people to volunteer abroad and take
part in youth exchanges
800 000 lecturers, teachers, trainers, education staff
and youth workers to teach or train abroad
Opportunities for innovation projects
and exchange of good practices
25 000 Strategic Partnerships, involving 125 000
institutions/organisations, to implement joint
initiatives and promote exchange of experience
and know-how and links with the world of work
Nearly 300 Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills
Alliances, involving 3500 education institutions and
enterprises working together
More than 200 000 teachers collaborating online
and involving more than 100 000 schools through eTwinning
Main topics
- Higher Education
- School education
- Adult Education
- Youth
KA1: Mobility
- Increase skills and employability of
- Improve quality in teaching and
-Implement the Higher Education
Modernisation strategy in programme
-Support the Bologna process and
policy dialogues with strategic partner
for innovation
exchange of
Support for
policy reform
Key Action 1: Student mobility (1)
 Provide more and better opportunities to increase skills and
competences of HE students, attract the best talents from abroad
Main activities:
 Credit mobility, including traineeships abroad: mobility for studies
opened to partner countries in both directions (NEW)
 Degree mobility: excellent Joint Master courses offered by
universities from Europe and in some cases partner countries
attracting the very best students worldwide
 Student loan guarantee (NEW): to boost Master's degree mobility
within Europe
Key Action 1: Staff mobility (2)
 Provide more and better opportunities for an increased
quality in teaching and learning.
Main activities:
 Teaching assignment: to develop innovative teaching
methods, mobility opened to partner countries in both
directions (NEW).
 Professional
development: to improve skills and
competences of both academic and non-academic staff,
opened to partner countries in both direction (NEW).
 Invited staff from enterprise: to increase the relevance of
Key Action 2: activities
In the field of HE, the following activities are
 Strategic Partnerships: between HEI
 Knowledge Alliances: HEI and Business
 Capacity Building Projects: Other non-European
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (1)
HEI strategic partnerships
 Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity for organisations active
in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as business,
public authorities, and civil society organisations to cooperate in
order to implement innovative practices leading to:
high quality teaching
youth work
institutional modernisation
societal innovation
Strategic Partnerships are transnational and involve a minimum of three
organisations from three different Programme Countries
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (2)
Main activities:
 Develop, test, implement new joint curricula, joint
study programmes, common modules, intensive
 Develop project-based cooperation with enterprises
to study real-life cases
 Exploit
the potential of Open Educational
Resources, collaborative and personalised learning
 Integrate various study modes (distance, part-time,
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (3)
Project mobility actions:
Long-term mobility
for staff learning
and training
Short events for
staff training
Long-term mobility
for secondary school
Mixed mobility for
students and
(5 days-12 months)
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (4)
Who can benefit?
 Any public or private organisation established in a
Programme Country can take part. Organisations from other
countries can participate as partners (not coordinators), as
long as their participation brings clear added value to the
 Norway’s participation as a Programme Country is currently
pending the finalisation of the necessary agreements
 HEIs established in a Programme Country must hold a valid
Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). An ECHE is not
required for participating HEIs in Partner Countries, but they
have to accept the principles of the ECHE
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (5)
What is the duration?
 Projects must last for a minimum of 2 and a
maximum of 3 years
How to apply?
 Applicants should apply by responding to the
yearly call for proposals. Applications should be
submitted to the National Agency of the country in
which the applicant organisation is established
 2014-2015 deadline: 30 April
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (6)
Award criteria
Relevance of the project: 30
Quality of the project design and implementation:
Quality of the project team and the cooperation
arrangements: 20
Impact and dissemination: 30
Key Action 2: Strategic
partnerships (7)
Maximum: 150 000 euros (annually), 12 500
2-year project: 80%+20% (after final report)
3-year project: 40%+40%+20
Key Action 2: Knowledge Alliances (1)
To enhance structured and long-term cooperation between HEIs and business to
develop innovative ways of producing and sharing knowledge in result-driven
projects, particularly in emerging fields
Involving a minimum of six organisations from at least three Programme Countries,
of which there must be a minimum of two higher education institutions and a
minimum of two enterprises
Main activities
Deliver new multidisciplinary curricula responding to business needs
Stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial mindset of students, academic and
company staff
Facilitate exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge between HEIs and business
Key Action 2: Knowledge Alliances (2)
What are the goals of the Knowledge Alliances?
The purpose of Knowledge Alliances is to strengthen
Europe’s innovation capacity by fostering innovation
in higher education via balanced, two-way
knowledge exchange with enterprises and across
the broader socio-economic environment
Who can benefit?
 See strategic partnerships
Key Action 2: Knowledge Alliances (3)
Main activities: 2 types of projects with Neighbouring and
Enlargement countries, Russia, Asia, Latin America, Africa,
Caribbean, Pacific (ACP)
 Joint projects: New curricula & degrees, learning and teaching
methodologies, staff development, quality assurance, governance,
Bologna tools
 Structural projects: Reforms at national level with support of
authorities in Partner Countries (policy modernisation, Bologna
policies, governance and management of higher education
+ Additional mobility component for ENP and Enlargement countries
(without National Agency): students and staff, to and from EU, same
rules as for credit mobility (max. 12 months)
Key Action 2: cooperation
outside EU(1)
What is it?
 European higher education institutions and individuals can work with
partner institutions outside the EU through international mobility, joint
degrees, and international cooperation partnerships, including
capacity building and staff development in emerging and
developing parts of the world
What is it for?
 Learning mobility and capacity building projects can improve skills,
modernise higher education systems and institutions, and create
better partnerships between the EU and education systems across
the world. Opportunities given through Erasmus+, such as the high
level Erasmus Mundus scholarships, can contribute to make Europe a
more attractive study destination
Key Action 2: cooperation
outside EU (2)
Higher education institutions can take part in collaborative capacity-building projects
set up and managed by a consortium of higher education institutions from the
Erasmus+ programme countries on the one hand and those from a particular region
of the world on the other (the EU's neighbouring countries, Russia, EU candidate and
potential candidate countries, Latin America, Asia, Africa-Caribbean-Pacific
countries). These projects can be:
 Joint projects: these help higher education institutions from partner countries to
develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula, teaching methods or materials,
as well as to boost quality assurance and governance of higher education
 Structural projects: to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems
in partner countries; to enhance their quality and relevance, promote regional
cooperation and increase convergence
In certain partner countries neighbouring the EU, capacity-building projects will also be
able to include a mobility strand targeted at students and staff from the institutions
involved in the project
Institutions from the regions mentioned above can submit a proposal for a capacitybuilding project under an Erasmus+ Call for Proposals
Key action 3: Support for policy
 To support EU developments in HE Policy for a higher systemic
Main activities:
 Support the OMC, HE modernisation agenda, Bologna process
 Development and implementation of EU transparency tools (ECTS,
 Recognition of qualifications (NARIC)
 Network of HE reform experts in Neighbouring and Enlargement
 International policy dialogue
 Worldwide alumni association
 International attractiveness and promotion
 To promote excellence in European integration studies in higher education
 These Actions also aim at fostering the dialogue between the academic world and
policy-makers, in particular with the aim of enhancing governance of EU policies.
 European Union studies comprise the study of Europe in its entirety with particular
emphasis on the European integration process in both its internal and external
aspects. The discipline also covers the role of the EU in a globalised world and in
promoting an active European citizenship and dialogue between people and
Main activities:
 Teaching and research (Chairs, Modules & Centres of excellence)
 Policy debate with academic world and exchanges (networks and projects)
 Support to institutions or associations activities
 The creation of a Jean Monnet label
 Jean Monnet also provides operating grants to specified institutions
JEAN MONNET activities
Teaching and research
Aims to support:
 MODULES: 40h teaching programme in the field of European Union studies
 CHAIRS: 90h teaching post with a specialisation in European Union studies
 CENTRES OF EXCELLENCE: Focal points of competence & knowledge on
European Union subjects
Main activities:
 Teaching in European integration studies embodied in an official curriculum
 Conduct, monitor and supervise research on EU subjects
 Organise and coordinate human and documentary resources related to
European Union studies
JEAN MONNET activities
Policy debate and exchanges
Aims to support:
 NETWORKS: Enhance cooperation and promote results on high level research
 PROJECTS: Explore different methodologies, promote discussion and reflection
Main activities:
 Foster the exchange of knowledge and expertise with a view to mutually enhancing
good practices
 Enhance cooperation and create a knowledge exchange platform with public actors
and the Commission services on highly relevant EU subjects
 Development of academic content and tools for specific target groups
 Joint development of content and co-teaching
JEAN MONNET activities
Support to institutions or associations
Aims to support:
 INSTITUTIONS: To enhance teacher and training activities on EU subject areas
 ASSOCIATIONS: Contributing to the study of the European integration process
Main activities:
 For Institutions:
Collect, elaborate, analyse and disseminate European Union facts and knowledge
Organise Master’s level courses on European Union issues or professional advanced
For Associations:
Organise and carry out statutory activities of associations dealing with European Union
Publicize European Union facts among a wider public, enhancing active citizenship

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