The University of Lodz was awarded with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education for the whole period of the Erasmus+ Programme (2014-2020).
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Erasmus+ aims at boosting skills and employability, and modernising Education, Training and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion. This represents a 40% increase compared to current spending levels and shows the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad. In addition to providing grants for individuals, Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe. It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training and Youth sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
Erasmus+ sustains the tradition of the Erasmus Programme mobility
The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students), a.k.a. Erasmus Project is a European Union (EU) student exchange programme established in 1987.
It forms a major part of the EU Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 (2013/2014 is its last academic year), and is the operational framework for the European Commission’s initiatives in higher education. Its actions are now continued within the Erasmus+ Programme described above.
History. The Erasmus Programme, together with a number of other independent Programmes, was incorporated into the Socrates programme established by the European Commission in 1994. The Socrates programme ended on 31 December 1999 and was replaced with the Socrates II Programme on 24 January 2000, which in turn was replaced by the Lifelong Learning Programme 2007–2013 (LLP-Erasmus) on 1 January 2007. Erasmus+ (2014-2020), approved in December 2013, is the new catch-all framework program. All previous programs like Youth in Action, Erasmus and LLP are included in Erasmus+ (Based on Wikipedia)
Why go on Erasmus? The programmes give students the opportunity to study abroad, a chance to experience life in other countries rich in different history and culture. Immersion experience in another culture strengthens understanding of the world and the appreciation of international contribution to knowledge. It offers an opportunity to learn how to cope with international environment, and communicate across barriers of customs, languages, geography and politics.
It is a great project which the University of Lodz is proud to be part of.