The School Education Gateway turned three!
The online platform for educational professionals, school leaders and policymakers turned three on the 2nd of February. The School Education Gateway (SEG) was launched in 2015 and has only kept on growing since.
The SEG not only offers to foster connections between experts, policymakers and educational professionals, it also gives teachers and school leaders the possibility to connect with a broad group of stakeholders. The platform also provides teachers with resources for their professional development and information regarding EU policies and the Erasmus+ programme. SEG currently has 45 000 users from over 145 countries!
More information about SEG can be found here!
The EU is looking for you!
The European Union is currently looking for consultation in their survey on promoting mutual recognition of qualifications and study periods abroad.
The online survey results will be used in a proposal for a Council Recommendation to promote the mutual recognition of higher education, upper secondary education qualifications and study periods abroad. This proposal is part of the larger proposal to a European Education Area.
More information can be found here, as well as the link to the actual survey! Be quick as the deadline for the survey is the 19th of February!
EAEA concerned about mid-term evaluation of adult education and requests budget increase
The European Association for the Education of Adults (EAEA) is concerned about the mid-term evaluation presented by the European Commission on the 31st of January. In the evaluation, it is stated that the impact of the Erasmus+ programme on adult education is “diluted due to the fragmented and diverse nature of the sector”. The EAEA acknowledges that the measurable impact on adult education is less evident because of the diversity of its sector. The diversity causes the target group of adult education to be larger than any other educational sector, however, at the same time, it receives the smallest share of the Erasmus+ budget. To maximise the impact of Erasmus+ on adult education, EAEA proposes an increase of the budget of adult education from the current 5% to 20%.
The full statement by the EAEA can be found here.
Call for EAEA Grundtvig Award applications!
The European Association for the Education of Adults has published their call the 2018 Grundtvig Award applications. This year’s theme is Cooperation and Partnerships. Applicants must particularly be able to demonstrate that their innovative partnership project, which can be regional, national or trans-national, improved adult education provision, strategies, policies, etc.
The deadline for the application is the 15th of April, good luck!
More info and how to submit can be found here.
Erasmus+ budget discussions
On Valentine’s day, the European Commission sat down to discuss the EU budget beyond 2020. With regard to the Erasmus+ programme, two options have been drawn up.
- Doubling the number of young people in the EU participating in the Erasmus+ programme and therefore reach 7,5% of young people in the EU. Which would require a budget of €30 billion over a seven-year period.
- Providing for 1 in 3 students in the EU to participate in an Erasmus+ learning experience abroad. Which would require a budget of €90 billion over a period of seven years.
More information and the press release can be found here and here.
#MyErasmusPlus photo contest!
What is the plus in your Erasmus+?
Tell the organisers about your ‘plus’ in Erasmus+, find some actual plus signs in your surroundings and photograph them! Submit your entry here, before the 28th of February for your chance to win a €200 Amazon gift card!
The University of Cyprus joins the Erasmus+ Master Loan Guarantee scheme
On February 13th, the University of Cyprus, located in Limassol has signed an agreement with the European Investment Fund which will allow students from other countries to defer tuition fees and student accommodation rent payments. The pilot scheme is expected to aid over 240 Master students and is worth €4 million!
More info can be found here.
Prepared by Tessa Verheij