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As one of Europe’s most successful initiatives, Erasmus+ is of high importance for the European higher education community. It enables higher education institutional cooperation and provides opportunities for millions of students and staff to gain experience abroad, both within Europe and internationally.

Erasmus+ strongly benefits students and higher education staff, enhances the quality and international standing of higher education institutions, and contributes to the development of the European Higher Education Area and the European Education Area. Importantly, it also bears major benefits for wider society, given its promotion of and support for EU priorities such as digitalisation, environment, inclusion and democracy.

EUA is a long-standing supporter of the Erasmus+ programme and its further development. The Association has consistently advocated the programme’s success to be matched with funding. It has also pushed for simplification to decrease bureaucracy for institutions and national agencies.

EUA advocates for strengthening the flexibility of the programme, to enable it to respond to crises, such as the Covid 19 pandemic. In particular, greater flexibility would be invaluable in supporting staff and students who have to leave their countries. For example, in the case of Ukraine, but also generally, to serve students with a refugee or refugee-like background.

EUA has also pointed to the need to involve and consult higher education institutions in the further development of Erasmus+. In this regard, EUA, in consultation with the university sector, provides  data, analyses and recommendations for the enhancement of the programme. Currently, the Association is engaged in providing input to the 2023/4 interim review of the programme, which is also expected to feed into the design of the next generation of Erasmus+ to start in 2028.

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