The University of Alicante receives the Erasmus Charter 2014/2020
The Mobility Office has designed a new GPS Map that will allow access to all the destinations and partner universities of the UA worldwide
Alicante, 16 April 2014
The University of Alicante has received the Erasmus Charter 2014/2020 via its Office for International Relations. The document allows the UA to participate in all the actions of the new Erasmus+ Programme.
The Erasmus mobility project is not a permanent agreement but must be renewed every six years and undergo an evaluation process by OAPEE (Spanish Organisation for Educational Programmes).
The Mobility Office has been working for a year on this document, following the guidelines of the European Commission, and met with their approval. In the drafting of the Erasmus Charter 2014-2020 document, several UA centres have been jointly working on the contents of the Erasmus Charter 2014-2020 document, such as the Office for Student Internship and Support, assigned to the Office of the Vice President for Students (objectives and contents relating to international mobility), The Research Transfer Office (OTRI) and especially the Office for International Projects Management (OGPI), both of them assigned to the Office of the Vice President for Research, Development and Innovation (objectives and strategy of the UA international cooperation projects related to Erasmus+ Programme).
The Director of the Mobility Office, José Ramón Belda, said “we have been working very hard on the drafting of the new project and applying for its official approval to the European Commission, and coordinating each of the centres involved for a compulsory revision of all the existing Erasmus agreements, according to the new requirements, and establishing a joint internationalization strategy in each centre for the following years up until 2020”.
The Erasmus Charter 2014/2020 entails the compliance by the UA before the European Commission, including actively promoting student mobility among partner universities, guaranteeing the recognition of subjects and credits once they have been previously passed and signed by the coordinators of each centre on their Learning Agreements.
The Erasmus Programme 2014/2020 describes in detail that partner universities shall not apply or charge any fee to exchange students, pursuant the reciprocity principle, since the payment of the fees is made from the home university (the fees being administrative, for registration, language course, examinations, etc.). Everything involving the payment of a fee shall not be included in the learning agreement of exchange students, nor in the Erasmus+ mobility project.
With the aim of making the information on the mobility agreemements more accessible, the Mobility Office has designed a new GPS Map including all Erasmus and non-European destinations in agreement with the UA. This map will allow the university community, especially UA students, to consult all destinations and UA partner universities worldwide.
"Erasmus” Mobility is not the only type of university mobility programme but it gets the larger number of participants in European universities. The new Erasmus Charter 2014-2020 plans important benefits for universities but also important challenges. As novelties, the new Project Erasmus+ 2014/2020 proposes:
Increasing mobility to all the university groups, for students to study or professional training in a partner country, for academic and research staff (STA) and administrative staff (STT) within the framework of the Lifelong Learning Programme
Strengthening quality criteria in mobility and internationalization programmes with European universities to approach the objective of 20% international students at partner institution in 2020.
Expanding the Erasmus projects to other groups (pre-university students, vocational students, adults, professional centres, etc.), new scopes (sports, etc.) and third-party countries (cooperation projects with mobility, former Tempus, Erasmus Mundus students, etc.)
This is the first year of the new Erasmus+ 2014/2020 Programme. Several lines of the new Erasmus + (Key Actions 1, 2, 3) have already begun to take place and the UA should be carrying them out in the following six years.