Erasmus Mundus to be extended
Erasmus Mundus, the European co-operation and mobility programme which supports academic excellence and the attractiveness of European higher education worldwide and fosters cooperation with third countries, now enters a new phase with a substantially increased budget and a wider scope.
An extended programme with more support
In 2009-13, the EU will increase its support to the most highly-talented students and professors from countries outside the EU with grants to take part in joint programmes in Europe. It will also extend the scope of the programme to the doctoral level and give more financial support to European students.
The expected budget for Erasmus Mundus will be an indicative amount of € 950 million from 2009 to 2013, a significant increase in the total allocation for partnerships under Erasmus Mundus and the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows during 2004 – 2008.
The European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Mr Ján Figel’ said:
I am particularly pleased that the European Parliament and the Council allocated such a significant increase in the funding for Erasmus Mundus. We are now able to expand the scope to include Doctoral level studies, and more generous grants will be made available for European students to study at participating higher education institutions outside the EU, making the two-way exchange of the world’s best students and academic staff a reality under the programme.
More than 10,000 scholarships so far
In the period 2004-2008, Erasmus Mundus and the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows offered more than 10,000 scholarships to students and academics from all over the world, with a combined budget of € 609 million. The programme offered the opportunity to third-country students to obtain a degree in Europe, and to academics to share know-how and to contribute to study programmes through teaching or research activities whilst avoiding the brain drain and favouring vulnerable groups. Thanks to these exchanges and through cooperation with non EU partner countries the programme also made a significant contribution to the enhancement of intercultural dialogue and to the sustainable development of higher education in third countries.
The Erasmus Mundus programme (2009-2013) will fully integrate the former ‘Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Windows’ and continue to support partnerships between EU and non-EU higher education institutions as a basis for mobility among students and academics.
For more information visit the European Commission’s section on Erasmus Mundus