The Erasmus programme was launched in June 1987 and in 2012 celebrated its 25th anniversary. It is one of the best-known Community actions and addresses the teaching and learning needs of all those in formal higher education and vocational education and training at tertiary level. It supports the achievement of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) and reinforces the contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education to the process of innovation.
Erasmus centralised actions support transnational cooperation among higher education institutions and other relevant stakeholders across Europe through multilateral projects, including projects designed to reach out to the world of business, as well as networks and accompanying measures.
The EACEA also manages other actions related to the European Higher Education Area, such as the Erasmus University Charter, the selection of the National Teams of Bologna Experts, the selection of ECTS & DS Labels, and the NARIC Network.
The Erasmus University Charter (EUC) provides the general framework for the European co-operation activities a higher education institution may carry out within the Erasmus programme.
Erasmus Multilateral Projects
In 2013 Erasmus multilateral projects will be divided into five "priorities": 1. Increasing attainment levels and strengthening the social dimension of higher education; 2 Improving the quality and the relevance of higher education, including through cooperation between HEIs and the labour market;. 3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation; 4. Knowledge Alliances; and 5. Improving governance and funding.
Erasmus Multilateral Networks
Erasmus academic networks are designed to promote European co-operation and innovation in specific subject areas. They contribute to enhancing quality of teaching in higher education, defining and developing a European dimension within a given academic discipline, furthering innovation and exchanging methodologies and good practices.
Erasmus Accompanying Measures
These projects come as complement to projects carried out under the other Erasmus actions. They have relevance to the modernisation agenda of higher education, enhance the implementation of Erasmus mobility, aim to support communication activities, and events for the dissemination and exploitation of results of Erasmus projects, or foster transversal aspects. These accompanying measures are expected to produce a better impact of these results in the field of higher education and society at large.
National Teams of Bologna Experts
The purpose of the National Teams of Bologna Experts is to provide a pool of expertise in certain areas (Bologna action lines; Lifelong learning strategy as part of the Lisbon strategy for growth and jobs) to promote and enhance progress toward higher education reform.
ECTS and Diploma Supplement Labels
The Commission (DG Education and Culture) awards labels to Higher Education Institutions that apply the European Credit Transfer and accumulation System and/or the Diploma Supplement correctly in all respects.
Part of the Policy cooperation and innovation (Key activity 1) of the Lifelong learning programme, the NARIC network is an initiative of the European Commission that aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in the participating countries of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP).
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