GCU wins Erasmus+ endorsement

06 January 2014

GCU has been awarded The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education – the EU endorsement that allows institutions to participate in the international exchange and cooperation scheme.

Universities and colleges across Europe had to apply in 2013 to be allowed to take part in the new Erasmus+ programme, which streamlines seven existing programmes into one integrated scheme encompassing education, training, youth and, for the first time, sport. The 14.7 billion euro programme will fund staff and student mobility, strategic partnerships and international cooperation.

The scheme runs from 2014 to 2020, and will, says Erasmus, “make management more transparent and easier, ensure swifter access to funding and reduce administrative costs and foster learning mobility in Europe, institutional exchanges and cooperation between educational institutions, businesses, youth organisations, local and regional authorities and NGOs, and promote policy reform”.

Rhona Hodgart, Exchange Manager, said: “We are delighted to receive the Charter in recognition of GCU’s dedication to providing opportunities to travel to our staff and students and to welcoming students from across Europe to our campus. To receive the Charter, GCU had to demonstrate its ongoing commitment to inward and outward exchange. Without it, we would not have been able to continue to offer these life and career enhancing experiences.”

For more information on accessing funding contact Rhona Hodgart at Rhona.Hodgart@gcu.ac.uk, or Mark Anderson, Director of GCU’s Europe Office, Mark.Anderson@gcu.ac.uk.