In the Erasmus+ Programme 230 mobility projects in the education and training sector received support in Hungary. According to the assessments, in 2015 more than 9,900 people can gain international experiences funded by the 21.32 million euro grant.
Erasmus+ is the most important European programme funding international cooperation and partnerships. It provides support for projects with European objectives that can contribute to solving problems specific to Hungary as well, including areas such as combating youth unemployment, teaching everyday life skills at schools, or helping the education of underprivileged people. The main goal of the programme is to encourage employment and this way to contribute to the competitiveness of Europe.
The education and training activities of the Erasmus+ Programme in Hungary are coordinated by the Tempus Public Foundation. Institutions from the public education, vocational training, adult training and higher education sectors can apply for three types of activities: mobility, strategic partnerships and projects supporting new education and training policies. The data published here is representing results of the mobility applications.
In public education mobility projects, employees of kindergartens, primary and secondary schools and colleges have an opportunity to attend study visits and trainings abroad or teach at a partner school in Europe. This year, 375 people out of the 48 institutions in the country can participate in this programme. The most popular destinations of teachers, leaders and staff of public education institutions are the United Kingdom and Germany. (Students can apply for mobility activities in the strategic partnerships programme. In 2014, 1,300 students and almost 1,000 teachers could travel as part of this programme.)
Students attending initial training at vocational schools can apply for VET traineeships abroad, while teachers and experts can apply for international study visits. In 2015, 104 vocational schools, NGOs, enterprises and Chambers of Commerce received funding from the 5.9 million euro fund, contributing to the professional development of 2,300 students and 540 teachers and experts from the vocational training sector. Most applicants cooperate with German, Italian and Spanish partner institutions.
Most of the Erasmus+ Programme mobility come from the higher education sector. This year the 47 universities and colleges have 12.12 million euros to realise their projects where students, teachers and other experts can gain experience at another European partner institution. Partial studies and internships of an expected 4,100 students and mobility of almost 1,500 teachers and staffs can be financed.
From 2015 a new feature of the programme is that in higher education one can apply for partnerships with countries outside Europe. From this year Hungarian students can study in China, Russia, or in the American continents as part of the Erasmus+ Programme and students from these countries can come to Hungary, too. The dedicated 2.28 million euros can support 20 higher education institutions providing 700 mobilities from and to Hungary, including the mobility of students, teachers and staff.
In the adult education sector, foundations, NGOs and adult education enterprises, institutions can apply for attending courses, trainings and job shadowing opportunities. Mobility of 75 individuals out of 10 projects will be supported from 137,000 euros.
A special benefit of these projects is that the experiences gained in international environments can have an awareness-raising effect. The projects greatly improve language skills, contribute to the participants’ personal development, help the renewal of teachers’ methodology and they introduce new tools and technologies in different areas. Knowledge and experience acquired in another country can be passed on to others, and by this participants may not only gain advantage in the recruitment market but also help schools and partner institutions to get involved in the European network. These are the reasons why the Erasmus+ Programme is immensely popular in Europe.
Last modified: 07-12-2015