Brussels, 21 October 2008
The European Commission welcomes today's vote in the European Parliament in favour of establishing the second phase of Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013) programme. The European Union will thus continue to support joint programmes in Europe with grants to the most highly-talented students and professors from third countries, but will also extend the scope of the programme to the doctoral level and give more financial support to European students.
The European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel', said: "I am grateful to the European Parliament for the support they have shown today for the new phase of the Erasmus Mundus programme. Erasmus Mundus is a world-class, top-quality programme that promotes academic excellence, intercultural understanding, but also people-to-people contacts. With the significantly increased budget of € 950 million we will be able to meet the growing demand for this successful programme. It will reinforce the role of European higher education as a world reference. The Erasmus Mundus alumni are the ambassadors of openness and intercultural dialogue, citizens of a more cooperative world."
Erasmus Mundus is a European co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education which promotes the European Union as a worldwide centre of excellence in learning. By the end of its first phase (2004-2008), more than 6,000 students from outside Europe will have received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain a degree in Europe, and more than 1,000 teaching staff from third countries will have been given a scholarship to actively contribute to Master's courses in teaching or research activities.
Erasmus Mundus II builds on the current Erasmus Mundus programme by:
Erasmus Mundus II will have a budget of € 950 million, four times more than was available for the first phase of the programme (€ 230 million for 2004 – 2008).
The first joint initiatives under the new actions of Erasmus Mundus II are expected to start in academic year 2009/10, but the mobility under the new actions will take place as of 2010/11. The Commission is committed to taking the necessary steps so that the selection process for the new Erasmus Mundus courses is completed within approximately 18 months:
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