UiB gives input to Erasmus+

December 21, 2023

The University of Bergen (UiB) has now submitted a position paper with input related to the EU Commission's public consultation on Erasmus+. The input is provided in connection with the evaluation of the period 2014-2020 and the mid-term evaluation of the current programme period 2021-2027, and will contribute to shaping the next framework programme. UiB welcomes the opportunities for global cooperation in Erasmus+, and the flexible use of the programme in support of Ukraine. UiB supports UiB support the continued investment in various forms of cooperation projects. UiB welcomes the European University Initiative and encourages a more long-term funding approach for the future Erasmus+ programme.

"The University of Bergen considers Erasmus+ a crucial tool to promote strong academic collaboration and partnerships with institutions across Europe and around the world", says Rector Margareth Hagen.

The University of Bergen (UiB) has now submitted a position paper with input related to the EU Commission's public consultation on Erasmus+. The input is provided in connection with the evaluation of the period 2014-2020 and the mid-term evaluation of the current programme period 2021-2027, and will contribute to shaping the next framework programme.

Key points of our position paper:

  • UiB recommends giving continued priority to current Erasmus+ objectives of inclusion and diversity, green and digital transitions, democracies, values and civic engagement. At the same time, the programme must remain flexible for emerging needs.
     
  • UiB supports the current priorities of programme, however, we recommend that a clearer distinction is made between digital teaching and learning as a tool and methodology, and targeted actions for the development of digital skills in the wider sense.
     
  • UiB emphasizes that Erasmus+ should contribute to stronger links between research, innovation, and education. We call for a focus on research-based higher education, in support of providing students with future-proof skills, such as critical and analytic thinking, creativity and problem solving.
     
  • UiB welcomes the opportunities for global cooperation in Erasmus+, and the flexible use of the programme in support of Ukraine. We encourage further efforts to strengthen the international dimension with initiatives outside Europe.
     
  • UiB supports UiB support the continued investment in various forms of cooperation projects. We would welcome a reduction of the number of calls and sub-calls, and to increase the level of funding available for bottom-up academic cooperation projects.
     
  • UiB welcomes the European University Initiative and encourages a more long-term funding approach for the future Erasmus+ programme. Alliances should to a stronger extent be able to pursue their own paths for reaching the overall objectives of cooperation and quality in higher education
     
  • UiB encourages futher efforts for flexibility and simplification of mobility and projects in Erasmus+.

Download and read UiB's Position Paper on Erasmus+ here

The source of this news is from University of Bergen

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