A new program, merging all educational initatives
Erasmus+ is a European Union student exchange program which assumed its new name in 2014 as a result of merging other EU programs for education, training, youth and sport such as Lifelong Learning Program, Erasmus Mundus, Alfa, Tempus, Edulink and others that were realized by the European Commission 2007-2014. It is estimated that between 2014 and 2020, 4 million participants and 2 million students will benefit from the Erasmus + program. The program will engage 800 thousands of lecturers, teachers, trainers and professional cadre as well as youth educators. It will establish 25 thousand strategic partnerships and connect 125 thousand schools, vocational training centers, higher educational institutions, enterprises and youth organizations.
The new concept of the Erasmus + program includes:
-educational mobility in Europe providing: educational mobility projects for schools and higher education students and staff, VET (Vocational Education and Training) and adult education
-cooperation for innovation development and exchange of best practices
-policy reforms support
-Jean Monnet program
-support for sports initiatives
The participating countries are all 28 EU countries and Iceland, Lichtenstein, Norway as well as EU candidate countries Turkey and Macedonia.