Erasmus+: A Brief Introduction

 

 

 

Erasmus+ is the EU flagship training and education programme for the period 2014-2020. It emphasises student and employee mobility and fosters European collaboration in the fields of education, training, youth and sport.

 

Why Erasmus+?

Education, training, creativity, knowledge and skill-building are crucial challenges 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 Europe 2020 Strategy for growth, jobs, social equity and inclusion

Education, training and non-formal youth learning are key to creating jobs and improving Europe's competitiveness and Europe must equip its citizens with what they need to thrive in this knowledge society and in a world that is changing fast. That's why Erasmus+ makes a key contribution to addressing these challenges.

The Erasmus+ Programme is designed to support participating countries in their efforts to efficiently use the potential of Europe’s human talent and social capital, while confirming the principle of lifelong learning by linking support to formal, non-formal and informal learning throughout the education, training and youth fields.

The Programme also enhances the opportunities for cooperation and mobility, notably in the fields of higher education and youth, and also supports activities aiming at developing the European dimension in sport, by promoting cooperation between bodies responsible for sports.

 

Who can benefit?

The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme has a budget of €14.7 billion.

More than 4 million young people, students and adults will have gained experience and skills by studying, training or volunteering abroad through Erasmus+. The programme will also have supported over 125,000 institutions and organisations to work with peers in other countries to innovate and modernise teaching practice and youth work.

Together they will help ensure that young people and adults get the skills they need to succeed in today's world. Erasmus+ replaces seven programmes with one, so it's easier to access. And changes in the rules mean it has never been simpler to apply.

In addition to students, Erasmus+ Programme also caters for teachers, trainers, and adults employed in higher education, including those working in pertinent associations, research centres, counselling organisations and so on.

It is also open to enterprises, social partners and stakeholders, as well as public and private bodies providing education and training at local, regional and national levels.

 

Erasmus+ will support:

  • Opportunities to study, train, gain work experience or volunteer abroad.
  • Education, training and youth sector staff to teach or learn abroad.
  • The development of digital education and the use of ICTs.
  • Language learning.
  • Recognition of skills, including those learned outside the formal education system.
  • Strategic Partnerships among educational institutions and youth organisations with peers in other countries in both their own sector and other sectors, in order to foster quality improvements and innovation.
  • Knowledge Alliances and Sector Skills Alliances, to address skills gaps and foster entrepreneurship by improving curricula and qualifications through cooperation between the worlds of work and education.
  • A loan guarantee facility for master’s degree students to finance their studies in another country.
  • Teaching and research on European integration.
  • Exchanges, cooperation and capacity building in higher education and the youth sector worldwide.
  • Initiatives to foster innovation in pedagogy, and progressive policy reform at national level through Prospective Initiatives.
  • Good governance in sport and initiatives against match-fixing, doping, violence, racism and intolerance, particularly in grassroots sport.

 

VET AND HE INFORMATION

ITS offers the opportunity to students and staff to proceed with a mobilility in another EU country, supported by Erasmus+ Higher Education mobility or Vocational Educational Mobility.

The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.

Such mobilities are meant to produce the following outcomes for students:

  • improved learning performance;
  • enhanced employability and improved career prospects;
  • increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
  • increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
  • improved foreign language competences;
  • enhanced intercultural awareness;
  • more active participation in society;
  • better awareness of the European project and the EU values;
  • increased motivation for taking part in future (formal/non-formal) education or training after the mobility period abroad.

 As regards staff, the mobility activities are expected to produce the following outcomes:

  • improved competences, linked to their professional profiles (teaching, training, youth work, etc.);
  • broader understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training or youth across countries;
  • increased capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernisation and international opening within their educational organisations;
  • greater understanding of interconnections between formal and non-formal education, vocational training and the labour market respectively;
  • better quality of their work and activities in favour of students, trainees, apprentices, pupils, adult learners, young people and volunteers;
  • greater understanding and responsiveness to social, linguistic and cultural diversity;
  • increased ability to address the needs of the disadvantaged;
  • increased support for and promotion of mobility activities for learners;
  • increased opportunities for professional and career development;
  • improved foreign language competences;
  • increased motivation and satisfaction in their daily work.

 

WHAT ARE THE AIMS OF A MOBILITY PROJECT?

Education, training and youth activities play a key role in providing people of all ages with the necessary means to participate actively in the labour market and in society at large. Projects under this Action promote transnational mobility activities targeting learners (students, trainees, apprentices, young people and volunteers), and staff (professors, teachers, trainers, youth workers, and people working in organisations active in the education, training and youth fields) and aiming to: 

  • support learners in the acquisition of learning outcomes (knowledge, skills and competences) with a view to improving their personal development, their involvement as considerate and active citizens in society and their employability in the European labour market and beyond;
  • support the professional development of those who work in education, training and youth with a view to innovating and improving the quality of teaching, training and youth work across Europe;
  • enhance notably the participants' foreign languages competence;
  • raise participants' awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity;
  • increase the capacities, attractiveness and international dimension of organisations active in the education, training and youth fields so that they are able to offer activities and programmes that better respond to the needs of individuals, within and outside Europe;
  • reinforce synergies and transitions between formal, non-formal education, vocational training, employment and entrepreneurship;
  • ensure a better recognition of competences gained through the learning periods abroad.

 

SPECIAL NEEDS SUPPORT 

A person with special needs is a potential participant whose individual physical, mental or health-related situation is such that his/her participation in the project / mobility Action would not be possible without extra financial support. Higher education institutions that have selected students and/or staff with special needs can apply for additional grant support to the National Agency in order to cover the supplementary costs for their participation in the mobility activities. For persons with special needs, the grant support may therefore be higher than the maximum individual grant amounts set out below. Higher education institutions will describe on their website how students and staff with special needs can request such additional grant support.

Extra funding for students and staff with special needs may be provided also from other sources at local, regional and/or national level.

As regards the accompanying persons for students and staff with special needs, they are entitled to receive a contribution based on real costs .

Each higher education institution, by signing the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education, commits to ensuring equal access and opportunities to participants from all backgrounds. Therefore, students and staff with special needs can benefit from the support services that the receiving institution offers to its local students and staff

 

 

INSTITUTIONS

 

The Institute of Tourism Studies works with the following list of Institutions

 

 

Learn more

about Erasmus+

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education Information for ITS Students who wish to study/train abroad Information for Students who wish to study at ITS through Erasmus+ Staff Mobility Programmes

 

 

 

 

ITS - Malta (Main Campus)  
Bajja San Gorg  
San Giljan STJ 3300  
Malta - EU 

ITS - Gozo
Triq l-Isqof Buttigieg,
Qala QLA 1042, 
Gozo

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