ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education

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Dr. Sabine Habermalz | 26.11.2013
ERASMUS Institutional Coordinator | International Office
From ERASMUS „Intensive Programmes“
to ERASMUS+ „Strategic Partnerships“
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ERASMUS  SOKRATES  LLP  ERASMUS+
EU Budget
Period
EU Education
Programme
ERASMUS
Pilot Programme (6 years)
ERASMUS
(since 1987)
1995 - 1999
Sokrates I
ERASMUS
(95/96 – 99/00)
2000 – 2006
Sokrates II
ERASMUS
(00/01 – 06/07)
2007 – 2013
2014 - 2020
Lifelong Learning
Programme (LLP)
ERASMUS
(07/08 – 13/14)
ERASMUS+
(14/15 – 20/21)
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LLP/ERASMUS  ERASMUS+
Current Programmes
Lifelong
Learning
Programme:
One integrated Programme
International
HE Programmes
(currently
Erasmus Mundus,
Tempus,
Alfa, Edulink)
Erasmus +
Grundtvig
Erasmus
Leonardo
Comenius
Youth in Action
Programme
Key Action I
Key Action II
Key Action III
Learning
Mobility
Institutional
Cooperation
Policy
Support
63%
25%
4%
Total budget: € 14.7 billion
 ~ 40% more than before
Change of Paradigm:
from the sector-specific approach towards ‘action mode’
Source: European Commission
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Participating Countries – Participating Institutions
EU Member States:
Austria - Belgium - Bulgaria - Croatia - Cyprus - Czech Republic - Denmark - Estonia Finland - France - Germany - Greece - Hungary - Ireland - Italy - Latvia - Lithuania Luxembourg - Malta - Netherlands - Poland - Portugal - Romania - Slovakia - Slovenia Spain - Sweden - United Kingdom
EFTA/EEA Countries:
Iceland - Liechtenstein - Norway – Macedonia - Switzerland – Turkey
HEI (Higher Education Institutions):
Must apply for ERASMUS CHARTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION (ECHE)
Results to be published in December 2013
 Institutional Strategy – Modernization Agenda
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Participating Countries – Participating Institutions
Budget share: 25%
KA2
Cooperation for innovation
- Higher Education1.
Erasmus Strategic
Partnerships: more intense
cooperation between
institutions.
Decentralised
2.
3.
4.
Knowledge Alliances:
structured partnerships
between HEI and businesses
Specific support with
neighbourhood countries:
Capacity building through
partnerships between EU
and ENP universities with a
mobility component.
Rest of the world: Capacity
building between
universities in the EU and
Asia, Latin America & Africa.
 HE Strategic Partnerships
Support HEIs in their Modernisation strategy
 Knowledge Alliances
University-business cooperation for more
innovation
 Support to Neighbourhood countries (ENP)
Partnerships between HEIs from EU and ENP
Curriculum development, modernisation, modern teaching and
learning, improve HEIs governance, stronger links with the
world of work, ...
+ INTEGRATED MOBILITY of students and staff
 Cooperation with Asia, Latin America and Africa
Mobility limited to HEI staff to achieve projects’ objectives
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+ Strategic Partnerships
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Sectoral and cross-sectoral structured cooperation (education, training and youth +
other relevant stakeholders) to implement innovative practices leading to high quality
teaching, training and learning, institutional modernisation and social innovation
Activities ranging from small scale projects (i.e. allowing access for newcomers) to
more ambitious, larger scale projects
Fully decentralised management to enable better consideration of the national
context and achieve maximum impact
In Higher Education ERASMUS+ aims at supporting HEIs in order to achieve the
objectives set under the HE Modernisation Agenda
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Action should result in the transfer, development and implementation of innovative
practices at institutional, local and regional level
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Specific Objectives:
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Enhance quality of teaching and relevance of learning offers by developing new and
innovative approaches
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Promote take-up of innovative practices in Higher Education
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Raising labour market relevance of study programmes and qualifications
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Foster provision and assessment of key competences
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Prevent drop-out, facilitate access and inclusion of non-traditional learners
Partnerships:
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Benefit from the different experience, profiles and specific expertise
 partnerships involve the most appropriate and diverse range of relevant
partners, depending on the nature of the activities, size etc.
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Specific Activities:
There is large flexibility as long as activities are linked to the objectives of the action and
most appropriate to reach the specific objectives of the project.
You may develop, test, adapt and implement innovative practices such as
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Joint study programmes & joint curricula, Intensive Programmes & common
modules – including e-modules
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Project-based transnational collaboration between enterprises & students / staff
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Pedagogical approaches and methodologies, better use of ICT – especially aimed at
delivering transversal competences, entrepreneurial and creative mind-set
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Greater variety of study modes (distance, part-time, modular learning), notably through
new forms of learning, strategic use of ICT, virtual mobility etc.
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Cooperation and exchange of practice between staff responsible for support services
(guidance counselling, coaching methods and tools etc.) or those involved in student
support services
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Mobility Activities:
The added value and the need to realise the objectives of the project have to be
described at application stage
Such mobility may include
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Blended mobility of students combining short term physical mobility (< 2 months) with
virtual mobility‘  Intensive Programme-like’ mobility
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Long term teaching assignments (2 – 12 months)
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Short term joint staff training events < 2 months
Activities must take place in the country/countries of the organisations involved in the
Strategic Partnership
Participating students must be registered in a HEI and enrolled in studies leading to a
recognised tertiary level qualification
Participating staff must be employed in a HEI or in an enterprise
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Who can participate:
Public or private institutions in higher education, in other fields of education, training and
youth or in the labour market
 HEIs from a participating country must hold a valid Higher Education Charter (ECHE)
 Organisations from third countries may participate in case of obvious added value
The applicant must be an organisation active in higher education, and located and registered
in a participating country
Eligibility Criteria:
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A project consists of at least three institutions from three participating countries
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Projects can last 2 or 3 years, depending on objectives and type of activities
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Applications to be submitted to the National Agency of the country in which the
applicant organisation is located and registered
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Lump Sum approach(es) foreseen
Further details to be found
in the „Programme Guide“
(not yet published)
Source: European Commission
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From IP to Strategic Partnership:
Intensive Programmes
Strategic Partnership
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at least 3 partners, 1 EU country
project duration 1 - 3 years
annual application (+ renewals)
eligible institutions: HEI only
mobility as central activity
multinational & interdisciplinary
courses
strategic focus welcome
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participants from 3rd countries only
from organisational costs
Budget: 20,000 – 80,000 Euro per
project
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at least 3 partners, 1 EU country
project duration 1 - 3 years
single application for the whole period
eligible institutions: HEI, companies, NGOs…
mobility as one option amidst others
significantly enlarged opportunities for a
variety of activities and products
strong opportunity for support of strategic
activities + higher impact + sustainability
participants from 3rd countries can be funded
if value added is properly explained
Budget frame per project significantly higher
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Financial Provisions:
Negotiations settled: ~25 % overall share for KA 2, details not published
 Funding will depend on the range and variety of activities; everything between 50,000
and 300,000 Euro seems to be ‘imaginable’ – but no determined minimum & maximum
grant yet
 Project size between former LLP Partnerships/IP and Centralised Actions
 Open question: how to deal with cross-sectoral applications?
Five Cost Categories:
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Project Management & Implementation [lump sum]
Intellectual Products [unit costs / DSA]
Transnational Conferences / Seminars / Events [unit costs]
Learning/Training Mobility Activities [unit costs]
Exceptional Costs [real costs]
Source: European Commission
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ERASMUS+: Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education
Quality Assessment:
Applications are evaluated by an independent committee on the national level, with respect to:
Relevance of the project (30%)
Adequate needs analysis
 EU added value, Modernisation Agenda etc.
Quality of the project design and implementation (20%)
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Quality of Work Programme
 Consistency between objectives, activities and budget, cost-effectiveness
 Quality of methodology & quality control measures
Quality of the project team & cooperation arrangements (20%)
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appropriate mix of participating organisations & distribution of responsibilities/tasks
 involvement of newcomers
 effective mechanisms for coordination and communication
Impact, dissemination and sustainability (30%)
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Quality of measures for evaluating the outcomes
Potential impact (within and outside partnership) & sustainability
Quality of dissemination plan
Source: European Commission
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