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    The EUA Council for Doctoral Education (EUA-CDE) is proud to introduce the speakers who will share their knowledge and expertise at its workshop on “Ethics and Integrity in Doctoral Education and Research Training.” Hosted by the Universidade NOVA de Lisboa in Portugal, the event will take place on 18 and 19 January 2017. Registration is open until 9 January.

    The European Commission is currently conducting the mid-term review of Erasmus+ in order to prepare the new programme for 2020. In this effort, the Commission has scheduled a public consultation from February to March 2017. As it is very important that higher education institutions as key stakeholders take an active stand in these discussions, EUA consulted its members on their experiences with Erasmus+.

    In 2014, the Erasmus+ Programme arrived with a new streamlined architecture. Previously separate programmes in the fields of education, training, youth and sport were integrated under one single umbrella covering three pillars, or Key Actions (KAs). The aim was to maximise European added value by minimising fragmentation through different instruments, programmes and rules. The impact and efficiency of this change is subject to review in the current mid-term evaluation of Erasmus+: Has it reached its goals regarding streamlining and simplification?

    The budget for Erasmus+ was recently increased to 2.5 billion euros for 2017, representing 13% more funding compared to the previous year. However, given the high demand and the low success rates in some Erasmus+ actions, this is not only welcome, but necessary.

    For Ghent University, Erasmus+ is a vital instrument in the attainment of its strategic ambition to see 25% of its students study abroad by 2020. Erasmus+ Key Action 1a on student mobility accounts for 85% of the University’s outgoing exchange. Moreover, as a comprehensive higher education institution with more than 42,000 students, Ghent University greatly values the opportunities that the programme brings for the internationalisation and modernisation of its educational offer, as well as for capacity building with its overseas partners.

    The University of Granada was very active in many of the Erasmus+ predecessor programmes and in bilateral mobility with partners all around the world. When the current Erasmus+ Programme took off in 2014, the University particularly welcomed the promise of simplification under one umbrella as well as opportunities for wider-scale funding of cooperation with partner countries, while maintaining the core action of mobility.

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