ERASMUS FOR ALL – new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport
Erasmus for All is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport proposed by the European Commission on 23 November 2011. The proposal is now under discussion by the Council (27 Member States) and the European Parliament who will take the final decision.
Erasmus for All would bring together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport, replacing seven existing programmes with one. This is foreseen as a way to increase efficiency, make it easier to apply for grants, as well as reducing duplication and fragmentation. It is due to start in 2014. Supported action will then be reduced from 75 to 11.
Up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, could get the chance to study or train abroad with a grant from Erasmus for All. Among them would be nearly 3 million higher education and vocational students. Full-time Masters’ students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group. The new Programme should also be opened towards the countries involved in the EU neighbourhood policy, as well as targeting an increase of university-business cooperation.
ERASMUS for All will be based on 3 Key Actions, preserving in addition the Jean Monnet initiative and the Sport component as two separate parts under the broader programme umbrella. International cooperation will no longer be dealt with separately, but will be integrated in all activities to be organised under the 3 Key areas, while the funds will be allocated in line with the priorities of EU’s external action service.
The 3 Key Actions are as follows:
Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals, to fund: staff mobility; student mobility (both in higher education and VET), including joint and double degrees and traineeships; the ERASMUS Master for degree mobility, which will be possible through a new loan guarantee scheme; and youth mobility, both in EU and non-EU countries.
Key Action 2: Cooperation for innovation and good practices, which will include: strategic partnerships between HEIs and other actors; partnerships between academia and industry (to be known as ‘Strategic Alliances’); IT support platforms, particularly to facilitate virtual mobility; and capacity building in third countries.
Key Action 3: Support for policy reform, which should facilitate evidence-based policy making, through support for: open methods of coordination and the European semester; EU tools for valorisation and implementation; and policy dialogue.
A message from Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth is available here .
The legislative proposal in English is available on www.europa.eu/education .