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Regional Outlook #6

Back to the Future

HOUSING GENERATION ERASMUS: A new chapter for international student mobility
The Bologna Process has had a strong influence on its 48 European participating countries. From higher education to public authorities, universities, teachers, and students, together with stakeholder associations, employers, quality assurance agencies, international organisations, (including the European Commission) have focused on how to improve the internationalisation of higher education. From North to South, Erasmus(+) has paved a way for students to cross-borders, exchange culture and develop personally.

Source: European Commission

Higher education

School education

Vocational education & training

Adult education


Grants: €128,54  million
Participants: 66.978
Projects: 996

Source: European Commission



Students to/from partner countries*

*The 33 Erasmus+ Programme Countries are the 28 EU Member States, Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey. Partner countries are all other countries in the world.

Incoming Students and Trainees
Outgoing Students and Trainees
Sending institutions
1st — Alma Mater Studiorum – University of Bologna
2nd — University of Padova
3rd — Sapienza University of Rome
Receiving countries
1st — Spain
2nd — France
3rd — Germany

Recognising the influence of housing accessibility for students’ access and participation in Erasmus(+), the European Commission and partnering organisations set out to understand the influence of housing on student mobility. Some of the key issues raised by the commissions report were: a lack of awareness amongst stakeholders, a need for greater cooperation amongst HEIs, student orngisations and housing providers, a deepening of quality information, a need for greater quality assurance, more awareness of the financial burden of housing and costs of participating in Erasmus(+), and, the influence of insufficient and short-term accommodation on students’ experience in the Erasmus(+) programme.

Matters of Mobility
By increasing compatibility between education systems and to make it possible for students and job seekers to move within Europe, helping to overcome cross-border study and employment issues. Evidence of development in student mobility is highlighted in the most recent EU Commission report highlighting over 797,000 students, volunteers and trainees engaged in educational, volunteer and sport activities outside their home country. The Bologna Process was also aimed at making European universities and colleges more competitive and attractive to mobile students across the world. This move was aimed at modernising the education and training systems across the European Union in the hopes of ensuring they would become adaptable to the changing labour market.

Interchange and Exchange
One of the key aims of the Erasmus+ programme has been increasing intercultural exchange. Exchange of students and young people has been seen as a key mechanism to enhance communication and cooperation across countries. This intercultural exchange reflects an ideal that social sensitivity, attitudes and perceptions pre-set the individuals’ sense of self and interdependence in and amongst various communities within which students and young people are situated.

Javier Perez-Lecumberri from Proprium Capital Partners said that Italy is one of Europe’s top education destinations and with such low provision levels of PBSA
it makes it a logical market for us to enter

— The Pie News, 24 June 2019

ERASMUS+ in Numbers

Source: European Commission

Overall budget

€14.7 billion
€ 1.68 billion for funding actions with third countries (partner countries) have been made available through the EU’s external action budget.

Overall mobility opportunities

More than 4 million people (2014-2020)
Higher Education
Around 2 million students
Vocational Education and Training students
Around 650,000 students
Staff mobility
Around 800,000 lecturers, teachers, trainers, Education staff and Youth workers
Youth exchange schemes
More than 500,000 young people
Master’s degree loan guarantee scheme
Around 200,000 students
Joint Master Degrees
More than 25,000 students

Strategic Partnerships

Around 25,000 linking together
125,000 schools, vocational Education and Training institutions, higher and adult Education institutions,
Youth organisations and enterprises
Knowledge Alliances
More than 150 set up by 1500 higher Education institutions and enterprises
Sector Skills Alliances
More than 150 set up by 2000 vocational Education and Training providers and enterprises