Interim evaluation Erasmus+
Fifty-one leading doctoral-granting universities of science and technology from twenty-six European countries with a Statement report on our experiences with Erasmus+ to contribute to its interim evaluation. We urge the European Union (EU) to draw on its historical and geopolitical responsibility to provide new momentum to maintain and strengthen the Europe of Knowledge. We need to reinforce our joint efforts to safeguard the necessary boundary conditions that promote sustainable peace and prosperity in Europe. Our key messages are:
- We encourage the European Commission (EC) to reinforce fostering an open mind set, intercultural competences, problem-solving skills and autonomy in general and civic competences, respect for the rule of law and entrepreneurship in particular.
- The possibilities of creating more synergies on top of the complementarity with Horizon 2020 should be investigated, e.g. concerning Knowledge Alliances and Strategic Partnerships, allowing institutions to implement institutional development strategies across both programmes.
- We greatly welcome the increase of the available funding for Erasmus+ to €14.7 billion and the allocation of 43% of funds to higher education, but point out that the level of funding needs to be assured, and preferably further increased in the future if the ambitious goals of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are to be realised.
- The Strategic Partnerships should be centralised again, thereby creating critical mass and leverage for innovation, as well as allowing all institutions to effectively use these actions to realise their intuitional strategies, and research objectives.
- Three-year contracts for Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees should revert back to five years if this sub-programme is to remain attractive and to ensure the participation of high-quality consortia offering innovative programmes, which need this period to safeguard sustainability.
- We urge the EU to safeguard the longstanding and excellent intra-European cooperation in higher education through direct participation in Erasmus+ and its successors. The EU must prepare for a new ethical, legal and financial framework allowing for direct participation of institutions from the entire EHEA.
We - universities of science and technology united within the Conference of European Schools for Advanced Engineering Education and Research (CESAER) - are committed to work together with European institutions, countries and other stakeholders in making Erasmus+ a success. We hereby offer our expertise and constructive input, together with sharing best practice.
For more information and enquiries, please contact our Secretary General David Bohmert at email@example.com
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