Erasmus+ Goes Global

Erasmus+ is the new European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport. It aims at boosting people's skills and employability and to support the modernisation of education and training in Europe and beyond. 
Thanks to Erasmus+, more than 4 million people across Europe will receive support in order to study, train, work or volunteer abroad, in a new culture, in a new language, with new friends. Compared to its predecessors, Erasmus+ is more global and more integrated.
In the past EU Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) wishing to co-operate with partners around the world had to choose between a vast and sometime confusing array of programmes. From January 2014, all of this has changed. With Erasmus+ the European Union has streamlined the architecture of its international higher education programmes, merging all existing initiatives in a single programme. Read article

Androulla Vassiliou, at the time of publication, was the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth. This paper is a contribution to the September 2014 edition of the newsletter of the EU-LAC Foundation dedicated to higher education.