Erasmus+ Exchange your mind…

Erasmus+ Exchange your mind…

Last week, Olesya Benchak, a seniour lecturer of the Department of International Studies and Public Communication, took part in the international practical conference in Genoa (Italy) dedicated to the presentation of “Erasmus+” 2020 opportunities in higher education organized by INDIRE, the National Agency for Erasmus+, and Genoa University. Representatives of more than 250 universities, the European Commission, the Ministry of Education and local institutions participated in the work of the conference. The purpose of the meeting was to explore the aspects related to the call for proposals within the framework of Erasmus+ programme recently published by the European Commission.

The European Comission call for proposals provides for a budget increase of 12% compared to 2019. Over €3 billion have been allocated to this programme, providing mobility and training opportunities for students, researchers and academics staff in EU countries.

As part of the 2020 call, higher education institutions will be able to experiment with new forms of internationalization through Erasmus + Virtual Exchange project to prepare the ground for the future 2021-2027 programme.

European co-operation will continue to play a leading role thanks to strategic partnerships for which budget increases have been approved, totaling EUR 9 085 011,00. The new 2020 priorities include the challenges related to climate change, active participation in the democratic life of the European Union and the support for the development of a European Student Card, the key initiative for the implementation of the European Education Area.

At the non-European level, they underline the importance of capacity-building activities for higher education, i.e. multilateral partnerships between Erasmus+ participating countries and countries outside Europe, centrally managed by the European Executive Agency considering the European contribution to the internationalization and modernization process of the higher education systems of the third countries.

In addition to the representatives of the European Commission, national offices of Erasmus + of Ukraine and Tunisia were represented at the conference. The issues of further development of bilateral cooperation in the field of education, and the possibility of signing a Mobility Agreement were discussed during the meetings of the working groups.