Erasmus+ has strengthened cooperation between European university alliances by providing funding of up to €14.4 million for each alliance over a four-year period, totaling a record overall budget of €402.2 million .
According to a press release from the European Commission, these European university alliances are creating a new generation of Europeans able to study and work across the area and combine their studies in different EU states, creating their academic career ultimate. SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Seven more new European university alliances have been added, bringing the total number of alliances involved to 50, working across more than 430 universities and colleges in 35 countries, such as EU member states, Iceland, Norway, Turkey and the Balkan countries; Albania, Montenegro, Serbia, North Macedonia and Bosnia and Herzegovina.
European universities have established partnerships with nearly 1,700 associated organizations, including businesses, NGOs and local authorities. This year’s call allowed higher education institutions from Western Balkan countries to participate as full partners.
“Like last year, alliances can involve higher education institutions from Bologna Process countries as associated partners. As part of the 2023 call, almost 30 Ukrainian higher education institutions have also joined the alliances. the press release states.
The next steps to fully implement this year’s agenda include the European Commission’s launch of the next Erasmus+ call for proposals, with the aim of achieving the European Universities Strategy’s target of reaching 60 alliances with more than 500 universities and colleges participating by mid-year. next year.
The European Universities Initiative aims to increase transnational alliances that include different types of institutions, such as general education and research universities, institutes of technology, schools of applied sciences and arts, as well as training institutes.
These institutions are dedicated to improving the quality of education by developing long-term structural and sustainable cooperation between universities and offering student-focused programs. Researchers, academics and students can all benefit from this program, being able to enjoy Europe while studying and combining their experiences across the 27 country area.
The European Universities Initiative was proposed to EU leaders in 2017 by the Commission, which was part of the plan to create the European Education Area by 2025. Since 2022, the European Universities Strategy Universities has set itself the goal of supporting 60 European universities and more. more than 500 universities by mid-2023.
A record €1.1 billion under Erasmus+ is expected to be allocated under the current implementation project for the period 2021 to 2027.