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EUA member consultation on the Erasmus+ mid-term review

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The report “EUA member consultation: A contribution to the Erasmus+ mid-term review” showcases the responses of more than 200 higher education institutions from 36 countries that participated in a survey on the Erasmus+ programme.

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EUA member consultation on the Erasmus+ mid-term review

  1. 1. Erasmus+ mid-term review (DG EAC) Assessment of: • Effectiveness & efficiency • Continued relevance of objectives • Further simplification • Impact previous programme generations 20162015 2017 2018 2019+ Evaluation 4Q 2015 – 4Q 2017 Public Consultation 3/2017 National Agency Reports Proposal for a new programme EC report
  2. 2. Erasmus +: all education sectors and actions under one programme • KEY ACTION 1 – MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS  Students and staff • International Mobility – Third Countries  Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees  Erasmus+ Master Loans • KEY ACTION 2 – COOPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND THE EXCHANGE OF GOOD PRACTICES  Strategic Partnerships  Knowledge Alliances – enterprise  Capacity-building – third countries (Neighbourhood, Development) • KEY ACTION 3 – SUPPORT FOR POLICY REFORM
  3. 3. EUA member consultation on Erasmus+ • General E+ questionnaire • Specific questionnaires on each action & sub-action • 65% from international office staff • 218 institutions • 36 countries • Evaluation by countries & size of institutions 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 2 2 2 3 3 4 4 5 5 5 5 6 6 6 7 9 10 19 21 22 23 31 0 5 10 15 20 25 30 35 Armenia BosniaandHerzegovina Croatia Georgia Iceland Ireland Kazachstan Lithuania Luxembourg Serbia Belarus Finland FYRMacedonia Greece Hungary Slovenia Ukraine Slovakia Switzerland Bulgaria Norway Denmark Portugal Romania Turkey CzechRepublic Netherlands Sweden Austria Belgium France UnitedKingdom Italy Spain Germany Poland Sample distribution EUA member non-member n= 218
  4. 4. General attitudes towards E+ 12% 17% 18% 30% 31% 35% 37% 55% 56% 73% 16% 38% 37% 22% 41% 27% 47% 19% 32% 9% 65% 38% 38% 40% 22% 27% 9% 3% 7% 6% 7% 8% 7% 8% 7% 10% 7% 23% 6% 12% It has less administrative burden It is easier to implement The programme rules are easier to follow The new programme structure makes things easier It is easier to apply It is more flexible in the use of the grants (allocation and reallocation to different purposes within the budgets) It offers better opportunities for collaboration with European university partners It offers better opportunities for collaboration and exchange with partners outside of the higher education sector (industry, schools, NGOs …) It offers better opportunities for mobility It offers better opportunities for collaboration and exchange with partners outside of Europe Compared to the previous LLL programme 2007-2013, the new Erasmus+ programme… Yes About the same No I do not know n=218
  5. 5. General attitudes towards Erasmus+ • International credit mobility • Capacity building actions (rather than different regional programmes) • Strategic partnerships – open & flexible re topic and partners Positive More opportunities for mobility & collaboration with non-university and international partners • Student mobility: up to 12 documents to be submitted at home university • Knowledge Alliances for enterprise cooperation: an action with its own admin & funding rules Negative Increased administrative burden, no real simplification.
  6. 6. Draft Recommendations 1. Improve, rather than revamp 2. Simplification and streamlining 3. Improve funding 4. Better balance of political, social and sector needs 5. Ensure the European dimension 6. Consult the higher education sector
  7. 7. Erasmus+ awards in 2014 Action Applications Awarded % awarded Total budget Mill EUR % of total budget KA 1 1191 Higher education student and staff mobility 3,765 3,620 71% 600.82 50% Erasmus+ Joint Master Degrees 61 11 18% 21.24 KA2 346 Strategic Partnerships for Higher Education 917 154 16.79% 42 12% Capacity Building in the field of Youth Knowledge Alliances 230 10 4% 8.43 Source: Erasmus+ annual report 2014
  8. 8. Funding: Insufficient total funding – low success rates • more grants needed, for Strategic Partnerships, Erasmus Joint Masters, and also for International Credit Student Mobility Success rate KA1 - Erasmus+ Joint Master Degrees 18% KA2 - Strategic Partnerships 16.79% KA2 - Knowledge Alliances 4% Source: Erasmus+ annual report 2014
  9. 9. Funding: Programme requires considerable amount of co-funding 60-70% respondents: obstacle for mobility and cooperation participation Impact of socio-economic situation and also cost awareness. Better cost coverage of staff costs (currently 294-39 EUR per day) more flexibility for managing project budgets is needed, e.g. to fully cover travel cost (currently: fixed through distance calculator) Old co-funding mechanism (75%) easier to apply
  10. 10. Better balance of political, social and sector needs • KA 1 mobility: chances for better equity?  Increase top-up for disadvantaged students (currently 100-200 EUR) • KA 1 International Student Mobility  Maintain Southern and Eastern Neighbourhood focus  Create more grants for Latin America and industrialised countries. • Erasmus for refugees  Create a multi-annual grant for a full study course (Bachelor, Masters)? October 2016: €10 million for Erasmus+ students and staff between Tunisia and Europe
  11. 11. Maintain/enhance the European dimension • No further decentralisation • Centralise KA2 Strategic Partnerships • European added value • international visibility
  12. 12. Systematic consultation and involvement of the ERASMUS+ higher education community University staff working with ERASMUS+ is highly committed. They should be systematically consulted on the improvement of the programme, e.g. for suggestions on the further development of the Programme Guide, the Mobility Tool etc.
  13. 13. Next steps • EUA member consultation report published in November 2016  http://eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/eua-membership- consultation-2016-mid-term-review-of-erasmus.pdf?sfvrsn=4 • Development of EUA’s recommendations  include preliminary recommendation from report  Input from NRCs (National level rectors’ conferences), university members (tbc)  To be published in time for public consultation (EC) • EC consultation: tentatively March 2017
  14. 14. Links & further information EUA’s member consultation on Erasmus+ survey report http://eua.be/Libraries/publications-homepage-list/eua-membership-consultation- 2016-mid-term-review-of-erasmus.pdf?sfvrsn=4 European Commission’s Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation roadmap & scope http://ec.europa.eu/smart- regulation/roadmaps/docs/2015_eac_014_evaluation_erasmus_en.pdf ES (ACA, 2016): ACA’s Study on National Agencies - for Cult Committee - Erasmus+: Decentralised Implementation-first Experience http://www.europarl.europa.eu/RegData/etudes/STUD/2016/585877/IPOL_STU(2 016)585877_EN.pdf Parliament’s DRAFT REPORT on the implementation of Council Regulation (EU) No 1288/2013 of 11 December 2013 establishing ‘Erasmus+’: the Union programme for education, training, youth and sport and repealing Decisions No 1719/2006/EC, No 1720/2006/EC and No 1298/2008/EC. 2015/2327(INI) http://www.europarl.europa.eu/sides/getDoc.do?pubRef=- //EP//NONSGML+COMPARL+PE- 587.695+01+DOC+PDF+V0//EN&language=EN

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