Erasmus+ call provides € 30 million for European Universities
The European Commission (EC) published the most recent call for proposals for the Erasmus+ programme on 24 October 2018. From an expected total budget of €3 billion for next year, €30 million has been set aside for dedicated European Universities. This is a new initiative that was endorsed by European Union leaders at the Gothenburg Social Summit last November and is part of efforts to achieve a European Education Area by 2025.
Tibor Navracsics, Commissioner for Education, Culture, Youth and Sport, stated: "We are working towards a Europe where learning, studying and carrying out research are not blocked by borders. No walls hampering excellence, innovation and inclusiveness in education. European Universities have a real potential to transform the higher education landscape in Europe, and I am proud that we are giving them a strong push through the Erasmus+ programme."
The pilot call for European Universities will support six European University alliances, each consisting of a minimum of 3 higher education institutions from 3 countries, with the objective of promoting a strengthened European identity, while also boosting excellence and helping to make European higher education institutions more competitive. Applicants have to submit their grant applications to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency by 28 February 2019 for alliances starting between 1 September and 1 December in the same year. According to the EC, a second pilot call is envisaged for 2020, followed by a full roll out of the initiative under the next EU budget as of 2021. The aim is to build some twenty European Universities by 2024.
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