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. So far over 3 million students have benefitted from this exchange programme. Together with an enriched study experience, Erasmus+ also provides exposure to different cultures.
The European Commission has launched the new Erasmus+ Programme for all European Institutions. The implementation of this new programme was designed especially to try and tackle the key challenges that Europe is constantly facing such as: early school leavers, or adult workers with low skills. With the launch of the new project Erasmus+ the fields of education, training, youth and sport will make a major contribution to tackle these key challenges. These factors have been recognised as important drivers within the Europe 2020 strategy to overcome the socio-economic crisis affecting European countries to boost growth and jobs and to foster social equity and inclusion.
In addition to students, Erasmus+ will also cater 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.
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 Erasmus Policy Statement provides an overview of the University of Malta International Strategy.
The University of Malta has been awarded the new Extended University Charter which will be in use , until the end of the Erasmus + project during the Academic year 2020.
With the Extended Erasmus University Charter, the University of Malta is entitled to apply for Erasmus funding for student mobility for studies and for traineeships, as well as for the transnational mobility activities for staff members both Academic and Administrative. With this charter, the University of Malta can also participate in projects funded under the Erasmus+ programme.