Ahead of the European Union's 2019 Call for Proposals for higher education institutions the National Erasmus+ Office in Russia organized the "Erasmus+ Information Day" at the State University of Management in Moscow.
The new Call, with a total budget of EUR 17 million dedicated to cooperation with Russia, will allow academic exchanges for more than 3,000 students and academic staff in the EU and Russia to study, teach and train, and will finance around 10 capacity building projects in Russia.
"Russia is the EU's first international cooperation partner in the area of higher education. We provide the highest number of academic mobility opportunities to Russia compared to other international partner countries", said Richard Burger, Head of the Science and Technology Section of the EU Delegation in Russia at the Erasmus+ Information Day in Moscow. "The EU wants more young people from Russia, EU Member States, and also from other countries of the world to benefit from exchange programmes in Europe", he added.
Today, the European Union Delegation to the Russian Federation also launched the Erasmus+ information campaign the aim of which is to raise awareness about the EU's scholarships for the young Russians.
Key facts about the Erasmus+ programme in Russia:
- Erasmus+ is the EU’s programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020, offering EU-funded opportunities for students, staff and academic institutions.
- Based on excellence, the EU awards Erasmus Mundus scholarships, covering the costs of a 2-year Masters' degree in 3 different EU universities. Since 2004, on average 50 Russian students each year have been offered an Erasmus Mundus Scholarship to study in the EU.
- Around 10 capacity building projects for the Russian universities are funded every year. The 2 to 3 year-long projects, implemented by multilateral partnerships of Higher Education institutions, aim to support their modernisation.
- Russia has the highest number of Jean Monnet projects granted among EU’s international Partner Countries. These projects support academic teaching and research, cooperation projects, conferences and publications in the field of EU studies.
- The budget for cooperation with Russia in higher education and youth under all actions of Erasmus+ reaches an average of EUR 20 million a year.
Information about the awareness raising campaign in Russia
- The information campaign for the Russian students will continue until the end of 2018.
- It aims to raise awareness about EU scholarship opportunities: to spend a semester in Europe; to study for a Master's degree at a prestigious European university; to gain work experience doing a traineeship at a European company or gain new skills as a volunteer in the EU.
- The campaign will be disturbed via social media channels and via higher education institutions in Russia.
- As part of the campaign six Russian students were interviewed during their exchange programmes in Europe:
- Learn more about the campaign: https://eeas.europa.eu/topics/stipendii_ru
EU Delegation to Russia: firstname.lastname@example.org
National Erasmus+ Office: email@example.com; firstname.lastname@example.org