The annual Information Day about the European Union's Erasmus+ programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport took place in Lebanon last week. The purpose of the Information Day was to ensure that Lebanese higher education institutions are well prepared to submit their proposals for support.
Participants were informed on the different key actions of Erasmus+, good practices were presented and training on how to design a project was conducted. Additional EU opportunities for higher education institutions and individuals under the EU programme Horizon 2020 in the field of research were also presented at the event.
Education and Higher Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh highlighted the important role played by Erasmus in building the capacities of higher education in Lebanon. “It enabled them to work closely with each other and with European universities. This led to the generation of common ideas and projects that contributed greatly to setting a unified framework for higher education in Lebanon.”
EU Ambassador Christina Lassen said: "The internationalisation of higher education helps prepare our students to live in a global world, increasing their experience and knowledge, employability, and productivity.”
Between 2016 and 2018, Erasmus+ has enabled 1,736 staff and students short-term exchanges (1,228 from Lebanon going to Europe and 508 coming from Europe to Lebanon).
The Erasmus+ international call for proposals, published in October 2017 for 2018 includes the following international actions:
- The International Credit Mobility for students and personnel (deadline 1 February 2018)
- Capacity Building partnership projects (deadline 8 February 2018)
- The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (deadline 15 February 2018)
- Jean Monnet Activities to promote the study of European integration (deadline 22 February 2018).