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An overriding aim of the ERASMUS program is to help create a ‘European Higher Education Area’ and foster innovation throughout Europe. In addition to exchange actions (‘transnational mobility’), ERASMUS helps higher education institutions to work together through intensive programmes, networks and multilateral projects. Thanks to all these actions, ERASMUS has become a driver in the modernisation of higher education institutions and systems in Europe and, in particular, has inspired the establishment of the Bologna Process. Two key tasks set for the program are (a) to support the achievement of a European Area of Higher Education and (b) to reinforce the contribution of higher education and advanced vocational education to the process of innovation.

Aims of the ERASMUS program
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of student and teaching staff mobility throughout Europe;
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of multilateral cooperation between higher education institutions in Europe;
  • To increase the degree of transparency and compatibility between higher education and  advanced vocational education qualifications gained in Europe;
  • To improve the quality and to increase the volume of cooperation between higher education institutions and enterprises;
  • To facilitate the development of innovative practices in education and training at tertiary level, and their transfer, including from one participating country to others;
  • To support the development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning.

Target Group

The ERASMUS programme supports all actors in formal higher education and vocational education and training at tertiary level, such as:
  • students and trainees;
  • higher education institutions;
  • teachers, trainers and other staff from higher education institutions;
  • associations and representatives of those involved in higher education;
  • enterprises, social partners and other representatives of working life;
  • public and private bodies, including non-profit organisations and NGOs, responsible for the organisation and delivery of education and training at local, regional and national levels;
  • research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues;
  • bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services relating to any aspect of lifelong learning.

You can read more about ERASMUS program on the European Comission's website.

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