Higher Education – Centralised

Key Action 1: Mobility

Key Action 1 supports mobility in the education, training and youth sectors and aims to bring long lasting benefits to the participants and the organisations involved.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the selection of projects under:

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree:

An Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) is a high-level integrated international study programme of 60, 90 or 120 ECTS credits, delivered by an international consortium of HEIs from different countries and, where relevant, other educational and/or non-educational partners with specific expertise and interest in the study areas/professional domains covered by the joint programme. Their specificity lies in the high degree of jointness/integration and the excellent academic content and methodology they offer. There is no limitation in terms of discipline. The list of joint programmes funded under the Erasmus+ programme can be found on the Executive Agency website.

Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) aim to:

  • Foster quality improvements, innovation, excellence and internationalisation in higher education institutions (HEI);
  • Increase the quality and the attractiveness of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and supporting the EU’s external action in the higher education field, by offering full degree scholarships to the best Master students worldwide;
  • Improve the level of competences and skills of Master graduates, and in particular the relevance of the Joint Masters for the labour market, through an increased involvement of employers.

For more information please visit the website below:

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-mundus-joint-master-degrees_en

Erasmus+ Master Loan:

The Erasmus+ Master Loan is to help Masters Students with their living and tuition costs when studying in a country other than where they live or where they took their first degree. The Master’s programme must be followed in a different country from the students’ country of residence, and in a different country from where they took their Bachelor’s degree.
The loans are up to €12,000 for a one-year Master’s programme and up to €18,000 for a two-year Master’s and can cover both living and tuition costs in any of the 33 Erasmus+ programme countries. One can borrow less than the full amount.

Applications must be made directly to the banks (through a local branch), the university or online. The institutions concerned will assess your application and explain all the terms. This is a loan, not a grant, so it must be paid back, but special conditions make the repayment terms easier, including:

  • No need to provide collateral when applying for the loan;
  • An interest rate lower than the market rate;
  • A grace period of up to one year before repayments begin;
  • A further payment holiday of up to one year.

The scheme is managed by the European Investment Fund (EIF), which publishes details of participating banks, student loan agencies, and other organisations. To apply, address yourself to participating national banks, universities or student loan agencies. For more information on the management and availability of the Master Loan please visit the website below:

https://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/opportunities/individuals/students/erasmus-plus-master-degree-loans_en

Key Action 2: Cooperation

The actions under KA2 make it possible for organisations from different participating countries to work together, to develop, share and transfer best practices and innovative approaches in the fields of education, training and youth.

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages the selection of projects under:

Knowledge Alliances:

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. The results and expected outcomes are clearly defined, realistic and address the issues identified in the needs analysis.

Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level.

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe’s innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • Develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • Stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and company staff;
  • Facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectoral cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes. The results and expected outcomes are clearly defined, realistic and address the issues identified in the needs analysis.

Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level.

For more information please visit the website below:
https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/key-action-2-cooperation-for-innovation-and-exchange-good-practices/knowledge_en

Capacity Building in the field of higher education:

Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the above-mentioned instruments. They can also involve non-academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects. Through structured cooperation, exchange of experience and good practices and individual mobility, Capacity-building Projects aim to:

  • Support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the eligible Partner Countries;
  • Support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management and governance;
  • Contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
  • Promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  • Promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

These objectives are pursued in the eligible Partner Countries, through actions that:

  • Improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society;
  • Improve the level of competences and skills in HEIs by developing new and innovative education programmes;
  • Enhance the management, governance and innovation capacities, as well as the internationalisation of HEIs;
  • Increase the capacities of national authorities to modernise their higher education systems, by supporting to the definition, implementation and monitoring of reform policies;
  • Foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives, sharing of good practices and cooperation.

For more information please visit the website below:

https://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus-plus/actions/cooperation-for-innovation-and-exchange-good-practices_en