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ERASMUS PROGRAM +

The European Parliament has approved the Erasmus + program for the period 2014-2020, and it entered into force on 1 January 2014.

This new program encompasses all European initiatives in education, training, youth and sport. In education, it includes all levels: school, vocational training, higher education and adult training.

Erasmus + integrates existing programs into the Lifelong Learning Program, as well as higher education programs: Mundus, Tempus, ALFA, Edulink and the Youth in Action Program.

The new program focuses on formal and informal learning beyond the borders of the European Union, with internationalizing intent and with the aim of improving the educational and training capacities of people for the employability of students, teachers and workers.

The Erasmus + program for education, training, youth and sport in 2014-2020 has seen its budget increase, with the intention of meeting the following objectives:

- Offer more than four million Europeans opportunities to study, train and gain work experience abroad.

- To support the association of organizations and institutions in the world of education, training and youth in different countries, to promote cooperation and the connection between education and the world of work and to address the shortcomings there has in Europe in this area.

- To support the efforts of different countries to modernize education and training systems, and youth policies.

- Provide assistance for the first time in the world of sport, with the aim of combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.

 

The structure of the program is based on three key actions that are complementary and mutually reinforcing:

· Key action 1: Mobility for learning reasons of the individual

This first action refers to:

- Staff mobility, in particular for teachers, professors, school leaders and young workers.

- Mobility of higher education students, vocational training and student training.

- Joint master's degrees.

- Mobility for higher education for EU and non-EU beneficiaries.

- Exchanges of volunteering and youth.

· Key action 2: Cooperation for innovation and good practices

This action focuses on strengthening innovative partnerships between educational institutions and companies. Includes:

- Strategic alliances between education / training and youth organizations and other relevant actors.

- Large-scale partnerships between education and training centers and companies.

- Alliances for knowledge and alliances of sectorial competences.

- Inclusion of platforms e-Twinning.

- Cooperation with third countries and especially with the neighboring countries that make up the E + Program.

· Key action 3: Suport has reformed policies

 This action aims to promote political dialogue between young people and those responsible for political decision-making, and between countries and international organizations. Includes:

- Open method of coordination

- Potential initiatives

- EU recognition tools

- Dissemination and exploitation of results

- Policy dialogue with stakeholders, third countries and international organizations.

The following is a brief presentation of the connection between the Erasmus + program and each of the educational stages: 1. School education, 2. Higher education, 3. Education and vocational training and 4. Adult education.

  1. School education
    • The goals are basically aimed at reducing early school leaving and improving the achievement of basic skills.
    • The main activities that can be developed within the framework of Erasmus + in school education are:

- Mobilize training for preschool and school staff.

- Strategic alliances for cooperation between schools, local and regional authorities and other sectors.

-          E-Twinning: Online community that offers services to teachers, students and school leaders, teacher educators and teaching students.

Each of the three key actions of Erasmus + is related to school education with the following main objectives and activities:

· Action 1. Mobility

- Objectives: To strengthen the skills of school staff (ICT, languages, ...) and offer opportunities for professional development abroad.

- Main activities: Those activities aimed at professional development such as participation in training courses or events abroad, and period of observation of work abroad in a partner's school or in a relevant organization in the field. of school education.

· Action 2. Strategic partnerships program

- Objectives: To develop, transfer and apply good innovative practices through cooperation between schools, local and regional institutions, teacher training organizations and other types of organizations from different countries.

- Main activities: All those activities aimed at achieving the objectives, such as intersectoral cooperation between schools and other organizations to strengthen basic skills, or the fight against violence in schools; local consortia between local and / or regional authorities and schools to improve, for example, the educational offer for young people; exchanges of groups of students in periods of study / training within a project aimed at strengthening, for example, language skills and intercultural knowledge; eTwinning for online exchanges aimed at teachers / online workshops / for the professional development of teachers, pedagogy students, teacher trainers, student participation.

· Action 3. Support for political reform

- Objectives: To promote peer learning among high-level policy makers, professionals, participating organizations, researchers and other stakeholders, and to promote the development of state policies and European dialogue.

- Main activities: Transnational experimentation with innovative policy measures and transfer to other systems.

  1. Higher Education

· Targets:

- To increase the abilities / competences, to take advantage of the capacity of the students and to contribute to the competitiveness of the European economy.

- Improve the quality of teaching and learning.

- Put into practice the strategy of modernizing higher education in the countries of the Erasmus program and increasing the capacity of the partner countries.

- Streamline the international dimension in Erasmus +.

- Support for the Bologna process and political dialogue with strategic partner countries.

Each of the three key actions of Erasmus + is related to school education with the following main objectives and activities:

· Action 1. Mobility in higher education

- Objectives: To offer more and better opportunities to increase the skills and competencies of higher education students; attract the best talents from abroad and offer more and better opportunities for higher quality teaching and learning.

- Main activities:

§ Credit mobility, which includes internships abroad: mobility for studies open to partner countries in both directions (NEW).

§ Undergraduate mobility: Joint Master's courses, offered by European universities and, in some cases, partner countries to attract the best students from around the world.

§ Guaranteed student loan: to increase the mobility of the Master in Europe (NEW).

§ The mission of teaching: the development of innovative teaching methods, mobility is open to partner countries in both directions (NEW).

§ Professional development: to improve the skills and competences of both academic and non-academic staff, open to partner countries in both directions (NEW).

§ The staff invited from the companies: to increase the relevance of the study plans.

· Action 2. a) Strategic partnerships program

- Objectives: To improve cooperation between higher education institutions and with the main stakeholders (companies, research organizations, the social partners, local / regional authorities, other technicians and / or youth sectors) and to promote quality and innovation in the field. higher education.

- Main activities: Implementation of new joint curricula and joint curricula, common modules and intensive programs; project-based cooperation with companies to study real-life cases; use of open educational resources, and collaborative and personalized learning and integration of different study modalities (distance, part-time and modular).

     b) Knowledge Alliances Program

- Targets: Improve structured and long-term cooperation between higher education institutions and companies, to develop innovative ways of producing and sharing knowledge in projects that lead to results, especially in emerging fields.

- Main activities: All those aimed at achieving the aforementioned objectives, such as, for example, the delivery of new multidisciplinary curricula to meet business needs; the stimulation of the entrepreneurial spirit and entrepreneurial thinking of students, academic staff and the company and the fact of facilitating the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge between higher education institutions and companies.

· Action 3. Support for political reform

- Objectives: To support the development in the EU of a higher education policy for a higher systemic impact.

- Main activities: Modernization of the higher education agenda, support for the Bologna process; recognition of qualifications (NARIC); dialogue on international policies.

  1. Education and Vocational Training

· Objectives: To increase the employment capacity and life skills of vocational training students and to contribute to the competitiveness of the European economy; support enhanced European cooperation in vocational training (Bruges Community) and ensure quality assurance.

Each of the three key Erasmus + actions is related to vocational education and training with the following main objectives and activities:

· Action 1. FP mobility

- Objective: To increase the possibilities of training abroad for VET students and provide them with the necessary skills for the transition from education and training to work.

- Main activities: Internships abroad in a company in another workplace (public organization, NGO, etc.), or in a vocational training school, with periods of learning based on work in a company; acquisition of knowledge of work practices and updating of the pedagogical skills of vocational training professionals (teachers, trainers in the company, also non-teaching staff, for example, leaders of training institutions, managers, guidance counselors) ; internships in a training or teaching company or institution; teaching mission to an associated center and work observation in a teaching / training institution.

· Action 2. a) FP strategic partnerships program

- Objectives: To encourage transnational cooperation between VET providers and local / regional business communities.

- Main activities: Exchange of good practices and innovation in vocational training, guidance and counseling; development and delivery of new VET teaching and training materials and methods; structured and long-term cooperation between vocational training centers with stakeholders (private companies, social partners, local / regional authorities, non-governmental organizations) and intersectoral cooperation to build bridges and share knowledge between different technicians and the youth sectors.

b) sector skills alliances Program

- Objectives: To improve the responsiveness of VET systems to the needs of the labor market in specific sectors, in order to contribute to increasing the economic competitiveness of the sector in question.

- Main activities: Those activities aimed at achieving the objectives such as, for example, the design and delivery of curricula, to respond to the needs of the labor market and learning in economic sectors; projects that promote work-based learning and projects that facilitate the recognition of qualifications throughout the European Union.

· Action 3. Support for political reform

- Objectives: To support the development of European policies and to respond to the objectives of specific policies for vocational training courses.

- Main activities: Peer learning and mutual learning activities through thematic working groups; studies to improve the quality and supply of learning (European Alliance for Learning) and support for EU tools, such as ECVET (European Credit System for Vocational Training) and EQAVET (European Quality Assurance in Training professional).

4. Adult education

· Targets:

- Modernize to improve adult education through cooperation with other sectors.

- Validate noformal / informal education

- Promote guidance systems

- Consolidate quality guarantees

· Action 1. Mobility

- Objectives: To develop and expand knowledge, skills and competences.

- Main activities: Participation in training courses or events abroad and work observation period / observation period in an adult school or other sector relevant to the organization abroad.

· Action 2. Strategic partnerships

- Objectives: To provide quality teaching and learning opportunities for adults and to enrich the learning offer of adult education providers, always focusing on basic skills, active citizenship and key skills. for employment.

- Main activities: They are considered, among others, basically aimed at achieving the objectives activities such as intersectoral cooperation for the exchange of experiences and best practices between organizations; the development and validation of new curricula, new methodology and innovative pedagogical approaches; projects that include the acquisition of basic skills, such as literacy, arithmetic, ICT ... and the provision of new learning opportunities in adult life; and strategic cooperation between adult education providers and local and regional authorities.

· Action 3. Support for political reform

- Objectives: To contribute to the development of national policies and to European dialogue on adult education systems and practices.

- Main activities: Reforms that support state policy (for example, building networks and coalitions of state stakeholders); support for awareness-raising campaigns that promote the benefits of learning, both for people and for the economy and society; and the promotion of peer learning activities among high-level policy makers, professionals, relevant organizations, researchers and stakeholders.

 

Deadlines for submitting projects for the application for Erasmus + scholarships

· All projects related to key action 1 (Mobility in school education, higher education, vocational education and training and adult education) must submit applications before 12 noon (noon in Brussels ) on March 17 for projects starting on July 1 of the same year. Applicants for joint master's degrees must submit applications before March 27 for projects starting between August 1 and October 31 of the same year. For the mobility of people only in the field of youth and young workers, the deadlines, always until 12 noon (noon in Brussels) are: March 17 for projects starting between June 17 and December 31 of the same year. On April 30 for projects starting between August 1 of the same year and February 28 of the following year. On October 1 for projects starting between January 1 and September 30 of the following year.

· All projects related to Key Action 2 (Strategic Partnerships) must submit applications before 12 noon (noon in Brussels) on 30 April for projects starting between 1 September same year and on 28 February of the following year, or before 12 noon (noon in Brussels) on 1 October for projects starting between 1 February and 30 September next year.

· All projects related to key action 2 (Knowledge alliances and alliances for sectoral competences) must submit applications before 12 noon (noon in Brussels) on 3 April for projects which do not begin before November 1 of the same year.

· Structured Dialogues projects (which promote dialogue between young people and decision-makers) related to key action 3 (Support for political reform) must submit applications before 12 noon (noon in Brussels) of 30 April for projects starting between 1 August of the same year and 28 February of the following year, or before 12 noon (noon in Brussels) of 1 October for to projects starting between January 1 and September 30 of the following year.

Useful links: http://ec.europa.eu/education/erasmus-plus/index_en.htm

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