European Commission recently published a press release on the impact of Erasmus+ based on the findings of two recent large-scale studies, including one authored by the PPMI experts – study on the impact of Erasmus+ Higher Education Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances on key higher education policy priorities.
In the study we analyse how the transnational cooperation projects supported by the Erasmus+ programme lead to modernisation of higher education institutions, contribute to development and application of innovative pedagogies, tools and approaches for innovative teaching, wider ICT integration in higher education, etc. Study findings are based on responses from 258 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances (representing 504 organisations) awarded with grant funding in 2014-2016, as well as insights drawn from 26 detailed case studies.
Between 2014 and 2018, almost 1 000 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships between higher education institutions and 93 Knowledge Alliances between universities and businesses received EU funding.
Key study findings are outlined below:
1. Erasmus+ cooperation projects boost digitalisation and innovative pedagogies
• Over 85% of Erasmus+ cooperation projects led to wider integration of information and communication technologies and blended learning in higher education curricula as well as to innovation in pedagogical practices.
• More than 80% of universities stated they are better prepared for digital transformation, for addressing labour market needs, and delivering increasingly innovative, interdisciplinary and inclusive teaching and learning.
• One in two universities have introduced new digital tools in teaching and learning activities as a direct result of their project.
2. Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships facilitate social inclusion and reinforce democratic values
• Three in five projects are considered to have contributed to enhancing social inclusion and non-discrimination in higher education, with 56% of participating organisations stating that these Strategic Partnerships reinforce democratic values and the civic role of universities in their countries.
3. Erasmus+ cooperation projects strengthen innovation and entrepreneurship
• Cooperation projects contribute to entrepreneurial education and entrepreneurship, and one in three leads to or contributes to the creation of spin-offs and start-ups, directly contributing to emerging entrepreneurs.
Source: Erasmus+ Impact Studies: Factsheet, European Commission
The study and accompanying factsheet are both available online.
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Erasmus+ Impact Studies: Factsheet