Welcome, Erasmus +!
Somehow it was already in the new wording.
With that + at the end, expectations were very high, since it was clear that there would be something more, that was not there before.
In a time of crisis, and shrinking economic resources, it even seemed for a time that there would be cuts, and this fear turned out to been a blessing in disguise: there was a lot of attention from the media, and everyone suddenly realised, that we simply cannot do without Erasmus. Not only young people looking forward to becoming Erasmus students in the future, but also teachers, families and the public at large. Erasmus + gained visibility and support in nearly all quarters.
And here it is, the new Erasmus+ programme. Its mission is to promote mobility, and to make higher education -- indeed all education -- more relevant to professional and working life.
The new programme was unveiled on 12 December, it officially starts in January 2014, the first deadlines for proposals are in March and April.
The most successful EU programme, the one that has allowed 3 million young Europeans to live, study and work abroad, has undergone some changes in order to simplify and broaden access, and to enlarge its scope.
An increased budget, more activities, more levels of education and more stakeholders are included. With a total budget of € 14.7 billion between 2014-2020, it is calculated that 2 million more European students will complete a mobility experience; there is a fund to guarantee loans to encourage young people eho wish to take their Masters qualification in another country; 25.000 joint masters programmes will receive grants.
Erasmus + is not just about individual mobility and students. There is provision for 800.000 teachers, administrative staff and young workers from vocational education tracks in the various actions and projects designed to form new skills and new competences, including language and ICT, that will increase the relevance of education in Europe for professional and personal life.
Where does garagErasmus stand in all this? Since our mission is to boost mobility, and to promote the circulation of ideas and talents for work, for us alignment with Erasmus+ is automatic. That is why we took part in the launch of the new programme, in November, along with the other main stakeholders.
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Your initiative captures the spirit of a revival of Europe.
It is essential to understand that 3 million former Erasmus are an asset to the whole continent and can act as a driving force of integration while in dialogue with the Erasmus students of today.
Enrico Letta, Italian Prime Minister
garagErasmus at the launch party of Erasmus+ in France
13 January 2014 - Marco Mazzini, co-founder & Deputy Chairman garagErasmus Foundation, will take part to the launch event of Erasmus+ in France, organized by the French Europe-Education-Formation Agency in Bordeaux. Among the other participants there were also: Mrs Hélène Conway-Mouret, Minister Delegate for French Nationals Abroad, attached to the French Minister of Foreign Affairs, Mrs Sandrine Doucet, MP of Gironde, Sonia Dubourg Lavroff, Deputy mayor of Bordeaux, Mrs Cocula, Vice-president of Conseil Région d’Aquitaine, Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Sector Erasmus - European Commission, François Missonier, Director of Europavox, Antoine Godbert, Director of the Agence Europe Education Formation France.
View the photos of the Event
The President of the European University Institute joins the Advisory Council
14 November 2013 - Prof. Joseph H.H. Weiler, President of the European University Institute, stands for the Erasmus generation and has joined our Advisory Council.
Prof. Weiler is a prominent figure in international and constitutional law and joins the other members of the Council to support the strategic development of the Foundation.
garagErasmus Foundation launches the Advisory Council
15 October 2013 - The new Advisory Council of GaragErasmus was kicked off in Brussels on 11 October 2013. High-level personalities from different sectors joined this new body: Jan Muelfheit, Chairman of Microsoft Europe; Richard Hudson, former managing editor of The Wall Street Journal Europe and CEO of the magazine Science Business; Hywel Ceri Jones, father of the Erasmus Program; and Alf Rehn, thinker and professor of management at Abo Akademy University in Finland.
Celebrating 3 Million Erasmus
10 July 2013 - Europe is in the making, there is no doubt. It is a continuous process involving the people of Europe above all. A few days ago the European Commission celebrated one of its most successful programs, the Erasmus programme.
3 new Foundation Members joined gE
The true story of the Erasmus programme.
Watch the video of the conversation with Hywel Ceri Jones, founder of the Erasmus Programme. In the 70's and 80's, he led the first team that brought about and managed the most famous worldwide student mobility programme. Hywel Ceri Jones is now a member of the garagErasmus Advisory Council.
The Erasmus Generation adventures.
Original series by Charlie Handsome