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    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.

    There is no doubt that Erasmus+ offers an excellent range of opportunities for students and staff to broaden their international experience. Key Action 1, in particular, provides a fantastic variety of flexible activities, leading to useful and diverse outcomes. In particular, University College London (UCL) has welcomed the improved support for students from lower socio-economic backgrounds and is pleased to see that their participation has risen steadily, albeit gently, over the past few years. The Online Linguistic Support tool is another great innovation, supporting language learning for student participants prior to and during mobility; often a key concern of British students considering studying abroad.

    Erasmus+ as the successor of the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) brings a major contribution to universities like the Deggendorf Institute of Technology and has improved the implementation of activities in the areas of education, training, youth, language and sports. The merging of different LLP sub-programmes and the structuring into three basic Key Actions has further streamlined the European Commission’s education policy.

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