Erasmus+ is the EU Programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Education, training, youth and sport can make a major contribution to help tackle socio-economic changes, the key challenges that Europe will be facing until the end of the decade and to support the implementation of the European policy agenda for growth, jobs, equity and social inclusion.
This action aims to encourage the emergence by 2024 of some twenty ‘European Universities’, consisting of bottom-up networks of universities across the EU which will enable students to obtain a degree by combining studies in several EU countries and contribute to the international competitiveness of European universities.
‘European Universities’ have an ambitious mandate aimed to trigger unprecedented levels of institutionalised cooperation between higher education institutions, making it systemic, structural and sustainable.
More specifically ‘European Universities’ aim to establish:
- A shared, integrated, long-term joint strategy for education with, where possible, links to research and innovation and society at large
- A European higher education inter-university ‘campus‘ offering curricula where students, doctoral candidates and staff can experience mobility at all study levels
- European knowledge-creating teams addressing together societal challenges in a multi-disciplinary approach.
‘European Universities’ should act as models of good practice to further increase the quality, international competitiveness and attractiveness of European higher education. The action supports higher education institutions in going beyond existing higher education cooperation models, and gradually achieving the long-term ambitious vision for ‘European Universities’.
26 February 2020 at 17:00 Brussels time