Global dimension of Erasmus+ will be strengthened

Erasmus+ CZELO

What is the EU strategy on global cooperation in education, research and innovation?

Both Erasmus+ and Horizon Europe are widening their offer of international opportunities. In May, the European Commission adopted Communication on Global Approach to Research and Innovation. This Communication was one of the topics covered by a seminar on global cooperation in research, innovation and education from an EU perspective. The seminar, organized by NorCore, the Norwegian Contact Office for Research, Innovation and Education in Brussels, also addressed the global dimension of European education policy, including the new international elements of the Erasmus+ programme.

Global approach to Education

Gianpaolo Suriano (DG EAC) mentioned the ambitious Communication on Achieving the European Education Area by 2025 as well as the overarching priorities for education for the next 7 years – including strengthening the geopolitical dimension of education. This includes fostering the international dimension of the Erasmus+ programme, cooperation with global strategic partners and promoting the "Team Europe" approach.

On a programme level, the global dimension will be implemented through Erasmus+. The programme supports cooperation with associated and non-European countries, and its international dimension will be further strengthened in the new programming period. The total budget (€ 26.2 billion) will again be complemented by EU external instruments, this time by € 2.2 billion. Like in the previous period, most of the budget will be dedicated to higher education, but a number of new international opportunities are also opening up to other education fields:

  • Capacity building - in the field of higher education and now also in vocational education and training, youth and sports, this is the most well-known and successful international activity
  • International mobility - higher education, vocational education and training, youth and sport
  • Virtual mobility - new
  • Jean Monnet actions
  • Erasmus Mundus - joint Master programmes
  • Allumni associations - important for public diplomacy and sustainability of cooperation
  • eTwinning - the school sector, newly more internationally open

For more info watch the recording of a NorCore webinar or read the minutes on CZELO website (CZ only).