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Erasmus+ Annual report 2019

Directorate-General for Education, Youth, Sport and Culture (European Commission). (2020). Erasmus+ Annual Report 2019. European Commission. Brussels, Belgium.

The European Commission has published the 2019 Annual report for the Erasmus+ programme. The report provides quantitative and qualitative results of the Erasmus+ programme for 2019 and an overview of the implementation of the 2019 calls for expression of interest in Erasmus+ for the following actions of the programme: 

  • Key Action 1 – Learning mobility of individuals 
  • Key Action 2 – Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices 
  • Key Action 3 – Support for policy reform 
  • Jean Monnet Activities 
  • Sport 

Highlighted activities include European Universities and European Student Card Initiatives. In higher education, Erasmus+ projects funded almost 505 000 student and staff mobilities in and outside Europe. Also, 360 strategic partnerships and 33 knowledge alliances projects were funded. 

The future of Erasmus Mundus action in the new programming period was reflected upon, where four main strategic priorities have been identified: ensuring continuity of the action and embedding it in the EU higher education strategy, improving the attractiveness of the scheme for the institutions and capitalising the brand name, ensuring the long-term sustainability of the master programmes and simplifying the implementation modalities of the action. 48 newly selected Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees will ensure more than 3 650 student scholarships over four annual intakes, starting in 2019. 

International dimension was marked by accession of Serbia as programme country. An 18% increase of budget for the International Credit Mobility (ICM) action compared to 2018 provided around 55 505 new short term academic mobilities. More than 33 700 participants from the rest of the world came to study or teach in the Programme Countries, and around 21 700 Programme Country participants studied or taught in a Partner Country. Two Capacity Building actions in the fields of higher education and youth alongside 284 selected projects 284 new projects selected in 2019 were another means of engaging with the rest of the world. As part of then-president Juncker’s priority “A stronger global Europe”, additional funding was allocated for African student and staff mobilities with a focus on West Africa, and the Horn of Africa, which aims to result in mobilities for some 5 400 additional people with the target of 35 000 exchanges from Africa by 2020. 

To access the full report, please click here.

European Commission