ERASMUS stands for EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students. It was named after the philosopher, theologian and humanist Erasmus, who lived and worked in several countries in Europe, in quest of knowledge, experience and insights which only such contact with other countries could bring.
Erasmus, the EU’s flagship education and training programme, emphasises student and staff mobility and European co-operation involving higher education institutions and other key players in the knowledge-based economy. It supports the creation of a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) through increased mobility. This allows for more innovation, growth and jobs in the EU. Over 1.5 million students have participated so far with a goal of reaching 3 million by 2012. Together with an enriched study experience, Erasmus also provides exposure to different cultures.
In addition to students, Erasmus also caters for teachers, trainers, and others involved in higher education. This includes relevant associations, research centres, counselling organisations, etc. It is also open to enterprises, social partners and stakeholders, as well as public and private bodies providing education and training at local, regional and national levels.
Erasmus supports actions in the fields of mobility (period of study or placement abroad), European projects and networks.
The Erasmus (Extended) University Charter (EUC) provides the general framework for the European Cooperation activities a higher education institution (HEI) may carry out within the Erasmus programme.
The University of Malta has been awarded the Extended University Charter during the Academic Year 2007, until the end of the current lifelong Learning Programme during the Academic Year 2013.
With the Extended Erasmus University Charter, the University of Malta is entitled to apply for Erasmus funding for student mobility for studies and for placements, as well as for the transnational mobility activities for staff members both Academic and Administrative. With this charter, the University of Malta can also act as a co-ordinator of a consortium applying for Erasmus Intensive programmes, multilateral projects, networks or accompanying measures.
24 May 2013