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Erasmus+: the context. David Hibler British Council. Introduction. Wider EU strategic context How the programme reflects this Where does the UK sit?. EU/EC strategic context. EU 2020 Jobs and growth Conditions for smart, sustainable, inclusive growth

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Erasmus the context

Erasmus+:the context

David Hibler

British Council


Introduction
Introduction

  • Wider EU strategic context

  • How the programme reflects this

  • Where does the UK sit?


Eu ec strategic context
EU/EC strategic context

  • EU 2020

    • Jobs and growth

    • Conditions for smart, sustainable, inclusive growth

    • Specific indicators: employment; R&D; education; climate/energy; inclusion

  • Agenda for modernisation of Higher Education

    • Increase attainment levels

    • Improve quality and relevance

    • Strengthen quality through mobility

  • European Higher Education in the world

    • Supporting agenda for internationalisation

    • Promotes mobility and cooperation between universities, EU MS and non-EU countries

    • To enhance quality of European education


Other strategic contexts the bologna process
Other strategic contexts: the Bologna Process

  • Supported and reinforced by the European Commission

  • Creation of European Higher Education Area

  • Mobility Strategy emphasises quality: “ Mobility is essential to ensure high quality higher education, and it is also an important pillar for exchange and collaboration with other parts of the world.” [NB Signed by 48 Ministers of Higher Education]


Emerging themes of strategic context
Emerging themes of strategic context

  • Jobs/growth/employability – universities and the labour market – the ‘skills gap’

  • Europe as the preferred destination for mobile students – the EHEA. But, competition!

  • Quality – both quality endowed by mobility, and the quality of mobility


How has this influenced erasmus
How has this influenced Erasmus+?

  • The scale of the programme – a ‘favoured child’:

    • 40% increase in budget (but, profile is not uniform)

    • implied growth in numbers

  • Changed frame of reference – a global dimension:

    • Europe in active competition:

      • for talent

      • to continue as largest importer of mobile students

  • Focus on quality:

    • instruments/tools of programme – ECHE; academic recognition

    • increased OS rates

    • increased budget for linguistic support


Where does the uk sit
Where does the UK sit?

  • Growth in ambition

  • UK government support for outward mobility:

    • Tuition fee support

    • Outward Mobility programme

  • Institutions expressing new level of interest and commitment – targets for mobility etc.

  • Challenges:

    • Maintain growth in face of some financial pressure

    • Master structure and detail of new programme and use to best advantage


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