On June 13, the EU celebrated 30 years of its ‘Erasmus’ programme. From Erasmus to Erasmus+, 9 million people have now benefited from exchanges abroad.
European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, and European Parliament President Antonio Tajani are leading the 30th anniversary celebrations for the Erasmus programme at the European Parliament in Strasbourg today. To mark the occasion, the Commission is also launching a new Erasmus+ mobile application. Designed for students, vocational learners and participants in youth exchanges, the app will make young people’s Erasmus+ experience easier.
President Jean-Claude Juncker said: “Every euro that we invest in Erasmus+ is an investment in the future — in the future of a young person and of our European idea. I cannot imagine anything more worthy of our investment than these leaders of tomorrow. As we celebrate the 9 millionth person to take part, let’s make sure we are 9 times more ambitious with the future of the Erasmus+ programme.”
Cooperation projects, beyond the mobility
Erasmus+ has also grown to become much more than mobility. Cooperation projects such as IPA+ are a tool offering organisations active in the fields of education, training, youth and sport the opportunity to form partnerships with each other, as well as with other actors such as companies and public authorities. These cooperation projects enhance quality and drive innovation, for example by improving the policies that are essential to economic growth and job creation.
IPA+ objectives in the framework of Erasmus+
The Erasmus+ programme contributes to the achievement of different objectives related to the improvement of education, training and cooperation among others. IPA+ aims to empower different kind of professionals at different moments of their professional career, promoting new skills and competences that address real gaps in the current labour market. In this way, the course developed under our project will enable the empowerment and an added value of learners increasing their attractiveness for the labour market and better matching demands of the sector.
The nature of the project will make possible the capacity and knowledge building by the cooperation and partnership at international level; which will enrich the outputs and products developed within the project. Moreover, it is worth to note that the project results and outputs will be open-access resources; in other words, they will be available for the public in general, in digital form, freely accessible from the project website.
The IPA+ project is part of the second key action point of the Erasmus+ programme “Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices”. It entails the development, implementation, transfer and dissemination of an innovative training focused on a minimum package of theoretical contents, intervention strategies as well as professional competences and attitudes enabling learners dispose a basic background to deal with autism in different labour settings. This training is addressed to professionals presently working or in a near future with people with autism spectrum disorders. This course will be possible thanks to the cooperation of different entities at European level with wide experience and expertise in the field of education in general and in autism specifically.
Since its launch in 1987 — with the participation of 11 countries and 3,200 students — Erasmus and its successor programmes have given 9 million people the chance to study, train, volunteer or gain professional experience abroad. In 2014, the Erasmus+ programme was created, integrating all the initiatives in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, in a single EU framework. With 33 European countries currently participating in the programme (all 28 EU Member States plus Turkey, the FYR of Macedonia, Norway, Iceland and Liechtenstein), more than 2 million people have benefitted from an Erasmus+ experience in less than three years.
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