Erasmus Mundus

ec_erasmus_mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education for:

  • the enhancement of quality in European higher education;
  • the promotion of the European Union as a centre of excellence in learning around the world;
  • the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries as well as for the development of third countries in the field of higher education.

Erasmus Mundus provides a response to the challenges of globalisation faced by European higher education today, in particular the need to adapt education systems to the demands of the knowledge society, to enhance the attractiveness and visibility of European higher education worldwide and to stimulate the process of convergence of degree structures across Europe. These themes are central to current national reform processes in higher education taking place in Member States.

In addition it provides an important vehicle for the promotion or intercultural dialogue between the European Union and the rest of the world. The programme continues and extends the scope of the activities already launched during its first phase (2004-2008) and includes the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window scheme, which was launched in 2006 as a complement to the original programme.

Erasmus Mundus Programme

The decision establishing the second phase of the Erasmus Mundus Programme was adopted by the European Parliament and Council on 16.12.2008 (Decision No 1298/2008/EC).1 The programme covers the period 2009-2013. The Commission has entrusted the implementation of the Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013 to the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (hereinafter “the Agency” or “EACEA”). As a result, the Agency is responsible for the management of this programme – including drawing up Calls for Proposals, selecting projects and signing project agreements, financial management, monitoring of projects (assessment of intermediate and final reports), communication with beneficiaries and on-the-spot controls – under the supervision of the Directorate-General for Education and Culture (DG EAC).

The future of Erasmus Mundus

The Erasmus Mundus programme came to an end on 31 December 2013. However, ongoing projects will continue their activities —including the selection of students for scholarships — until the end of their grant agreement.

As from 2014, certain activities supported up to now by Erasmus Mundus will be part of Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport.

Erasmus+ brings together all the current EU and international schemes for education, training, youth and sport (including Erasmus Mundus), replacing all existing programmes with one. This will increase efficiency, make it easier to apply for grants, as well as reducing duplication and fragmentation. Erasmus+ starts on 1 January 2014 (Link Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency ).

As from 2014, new doctoral programmes will be selected under the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions, which form part of the EU’s Horizon 2020 programme for research and innovation. These new programmes will also offer additional doctoral fellowships together with most of the Erasmus Mundus doctoral programmes referred to above.

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