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Erasmus for All: Commission proposes more funding for students to study abroad
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Up to 5 million people, almost twice as many as now, could get the chance to boost their skills with a grant to study or train abroad under Erasmus for All, the new EU programme proposed by the European Commission today. Among them would be nearly 3 million higher education and vocational students. Master's degree students would also benefit from a new loan guarantee scheme set up with the European Investment Bank Group making it easier for them to finance their studies abroad.
"Investing in education and training is the best investment we can make for Europe's future. Studying abroad boosts people's skills, personal development and adaptability, and makes them more employable. We want to ensure that many more people benefit from EU support for these opportunities," said Androulla Vassiliou, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
She added: "We also need to invest more to improve the quality of education and training at all levels so we are a match for the best in the world and so that we can deliver more jobs and higher growth."
The seven-year programme due to start in 2014 with a total budget of €19 billion would bring together the present seven EU and international schemes (Lifelong Learning Programme (Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius, Grundtvig),Youth in Action, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and the bilateral cooperation programme with industrialised countries) under the one programme. This would make it easier for people to apply for grants, improved efficiency and reduce duplication and fragmentation.

    Erasmus for All: Commission proposes more funding for students to study abroad

    The programme proposes

    • 2.2 million higher education students receive grants to spend part of their education and training abroad (compared to 1.5 million under current programmes);
    • This figure includes 135,000 students getting support to study in a non-EU country, as well as non-EU students coming to study in the EU;
    • 735,000 vocational students would be able to spend part of their education and training abroad (compared to 350,000 under the current programme);
    • 1 million teachers, trainers and youth workers would receive funding to teach or train abroad (compared to 600,000 under current programmes);
    • 700,000 young people would go on traineeships in companies abroad (compared to 600,000 under the current programme);
    • 330,000 Master's degree students would benefit from loan guarantees to help finance studies abroad under a brand-new scheme;
    • 540,000 young people would be able to volunteer abroad or participate in youth exchanges (compared to 374,000 currently);
    • 34,000 students would receive grants for a 'joint degree', which involves studying in at least two higher education institutions abroad (this compares to 17,600 currently supported);
    • 115,000 institutions/organisations involved in education, training and/or youth activities or other bodies would get funding to set up more than 20,000 'strategic partnerships' to implement joint initiatives and promote exchange of experience and know-how;
    • 4,000 education institutions and enterprises would form 400 'knowledge alliances' and 'sector skills alliances' to boost employability, innovation and entrepreneurship.

    Next steps
    The proposal will now be discussed by member states' ministers (Council of Ministers) and MEPs who will take the final decision on the budgetary framework for 2014-2020.

    Background

    The Commission is proposing an increase of approximately 70% compared to the current seven-year budget, which would allocate €19 billion to the new programme in 2014-2020. The figure takes account of future estimates for inflation and includes expenditure foreseen for international cooperation.

    The new programme will focus on EU added value and systemic impact, with support for three types of action: learning opportunities for individuals, both within the EU and beyond; institutional cooperation between educational institutions, youth organisations, businesses, local and regional authorities and NGOs; and support for reforms in Member States to modernise education and training systems and promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability.

    Two-thirds of the funding would be spent on mobility grants to enhance knowledge and skills.

    The streamlined structure of the new programme – together with its significantly increased investment – means the EU will be able to deliver many more opportunities for students, trainees, young people, teachers, youth workers and others to improve their skills, personal development and job prospects. Erasmus for All will also promote research and teaching on European integration, and support grassroots sport.

    Since 2007, on average some 400,000 people a year received EU grants for study, training and volunteering abroad. Under the Commission's proposal, this figure would nearly double to almost 800,000. In 2010, 560,000 people received grants of which 28,250 from the United Kingdom, (see Annex 1).

     

    For more information, please contact the London press office on 020 7973 1971.
    Please note: all amounts expressed in sterling are for information purposes only.

    Annex 1

    Table shows the number of recipients of EU grants for study, training and volunteering under the Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action in 2010. (Erasmus for All will encompass both programmes and aims to nearly double the number of beneficiaries across the EU).

     

     

    Country

    Number of participants*

    Lifelong Learning Programme

    Youth in Action

    Total

    Austria

    11000

    2500

    13500

    Belgium

    12000

    4500

    16500

    Bulgaria

    6000

    5000

    11000

    Cyprus

    1500

    1000

    2500

    Czech Republic

    14000

    3000

    17000

    Denmark

    6000

    2000

    8000

    Estonia

    3000

    5000

    8000

    Finland

    23500

    2000

    25500

    France

    52000

    11000

    63000

    Germany

    63000

    15000

    78000

    Greece

    8000

    2500

    10500

    Hungary

    8000

    4500

    12500

    Ireland

    4000

    2000

    6000

    Italy

    43500

    6000

    49500

    Latvia

    4500

    3000

    7500

    Lithuania

    7000

    4500

    11500

    Luxembourg

    1000

    900

    1900

    Malta

    250

    100

    350

    The Netherlands

    19500

    3000

    22500

    Poland

    23000

    10500

    33500

    Portugal

    21000

    2500

    23500

    Romania

    12500

    7500

    20000

    Slovakia

    6000

    3500

    9500

    Slovenia

    3500

    2000

    5500

    Spain

    52000

    10500

    62500

    Sweden

    8500

    3500

    12000

    United Kingdom

    20750

    7500

    28250

    Total

    435000

    125000

    560000

     

    * All figures are rounded to the nearest hundred. The figures include participants in mobility projects who did not travel to study, learn or work abroad, such as school classes.

    Annex 2

    Proposed funding levels by sector 2014-2020, compared to the 2007-2013 programmes (€ Million, EU-27)

     

     

    Erasmus for All

    2007-2013 programmes*

    Average year
    2014-2020

    % Increase

    Concentration

    Erasmus Higher Education (including tertiary VET1)

    585

    1100 – 1150

    85 %-95 %

    Students, staff, joint programmes, masters, strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances

    Erasmus Higher Education -international dimension (heading 4 funding)

    220

    259

    17%

    Students, staff and capacity building in particular in neighbourhood countries

    Erasmus Training (VET1 and adult learning)

    330 of which 60 for adult learning

    500 – 540 of which around 110 for adult learning

    50 % — 60 % overall, around 80 % for adult learning

    Students, staff, strategic partnerships, sector skills alliances, IT platforms

    Erasmus Schools

    180

    250 – 275

    40 %-55 %

    Staff, strategic partnerships, web platforms

    Erasmus Youth Participation

    150

    190 – 210

    25 %- 40 %

    Young people, staff, strategic partnerships, IT platforms

    Operating grant (National Agencies)

    55

    63

    15 %

     

    Policy support

    75

    92

    20 %

     

    Jean Monnet

    (teaching and research on European integration)

    30

    45

    50 %

     

    Sport

    NA

    34

     NA

     

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