The Erasmus programme is open to all types of higher education institutions (HEIs) in all levels of study up to doctoral level.
For a HEI to participate in the Erasmus programme it must fulfill two conditions:
It has to be recognized by local authorities that it is eligible to participate under the Erasmus programme;
It has obtained an Erasmus University Charter (EUC) from the European Commission.
A HEI can participate also through a consortium. This can be defined as a group of HEIs and possibly other organizations (associations, chamber of commerce, foundations etc. working together to facilitate placements for Higher Education students.
One of the most popular Erasmus activity is student mobility. It not only gives students an educational experience but it also gives them the chance of living on their own in a foreign country which in return helps in their character formation.
Malta has been participating in the Erasmus programme since the year 2000 where only 92 students from the University of Malta, benefited from this experience. At that time the University of Malta was the only HEI to be awarded an Erasmus University Charter (EUC). In the year 2005 MCAST was awarded the EUC followed by the Institute of Tourism Studies in the year 2006. Today we can say that 691 students and 202 teachers participated in the Erasmus programme since the year 2000. Malta has since then received 1 987 298 Euros.
Well over 1.5 million students from all over Europe have so far benefited from Erasmus grants, and the European Commission hopes to reach a total of 3 million by 2012.
Besides student mobility, Erasmus puts emphasis on teaching and other staff mobility. The programme gives the chance to university teachers and staff the possibility to spend a period of teaching or training abroad. It also enables staff from enterprises to be invited at a HEI to give lectures.
It also promotes transnational curriculum development, intensive programmes and thematic networks between higher education institutions throughout Europe.
Erasmus Intensive Language Course is also an integral part of the programme. These are short courses in the less widely taught languages of the European Union.
The Erasmus programme was named after Erasmus of Rotterdam (1466 – 1536), who was a Dutch humanist and theologian. He has taught in Paris (FR), Louvian (BE) and Cambridge (UK) traditional European centers of learning.
The main objective for Erasmus is to reach the target of 3 million Erasmus students by 2012, which implies an increase from the current annual total of 125,000 to 375,000 students.
If you are interested to submit a proposal or participate in the programme we strongly suggest you read General Call for Proposals and the Guide for Applicants which can be found in the Resources section.
For further information you can click on the following or contact us for further details:
Mobility of Individuals – Organisation of Mobility
Multilateral Projects – Development of Study Programmes
Multilateral Projects – Co-operation between Universities and Enterprises
Multilateral Projects – Modernisation of Higher Education
Multilateral Projects – Virtual Campuses