Director of the Spanish Service for the Internationalization of Education (SEPIE)
The involvement of enterprises in Erasmus+
The Agenda for the modernization of Europe's Higher Education systems, which is the European Commission's Strategy to support the Reforms of the Member States and to contribute to the objectives of the Europe 2020 Strategy, provides, amongst the priority areas of reform in the field of Higher Education, the strengthening of "the knowledge triangle", which connects education, research and enterprises so as to increase employability, productivity and social cohesion.
Erasmus+, the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport for 2014-2020, will promote synergies and mutual enrichment amongst the different fields of education, training and youth, boosting new ideas, attracting new agents from employment and the civil society and fostering new ways of cooperation between the field of education and enterprises.
The involvement of enterprises in Erasmus+ will help to encourage the improvement of quality and relevance of higher education, in accordance with the needs and the reality of the labour market. In that way, Erasmus+ will become an effective tool to deal with the current needs of development of human and social capital within and outside Europe.
In general terms, Erasmus+ offers enterprises a wider scope to participate than in previous programmes. In the field of higher education, students, teachers and non-teaching staff from institutions, and also trainers and professionals from enterprises constitute the main target population of the Programme.
Through structured cooperation, the exchange of experiences and good practices and individual mobility, Capacity Building Projects aim to support non-European Partner Countries to address the challenges their higher education institutions and systems face, contributing to cooperation activities between the EU and the rest of the world, developing different university-enterprise cooperation activities, including the creation of businesses.
For Further information, download The Employment Magazine or visit www.sepie.es.