International Officer’s Update January & February 2023
Erasmus+ Funding Call Update
The deadline for Erasmus+ Key Action 131 and Key Action 171 applications was the 23rd of February and work on the applications is well underway. This includes checking the project’s eligibility, where applicable sending applications for assessment, preparing the budget allocations and drafting the Grant Agreement documentation for each project.
Key Action 131: 23 applications
Key Action 171: 10 applications
Key Action 220: 17 applications
We will be in touch with next steps soon!
Ireland and Baltic Countries in Erasmus Programme 2021 – 2027
There is a keen interest expressed by prospective Erasmus+ participants from the Baltic Countries in visiting Ireland. We would like to facilitate these exchanges, increasing the numbers of outbound students and staff from Irish HEIs to Latvian HEIs and establish/enhance existing strategic partnerships between Irish and Latvian Higher Education.
To that end, we have been working closely with our colleagues in the Lithuanian and Latvian National Agencies along with the embassies of both countries. Work is also underway with other Baltic countries, e.g Estonia. Watch this space!
For any queries/ comments/ suggestions in relation to the Ireland and Baltic countries project, please email Erasmus@hea.ie
Consultation by DG EMPL on European Disability Card
Our colleagues in the Directorate General for Employment launched a public consultation to ensure that the impact assessment and the proposal for a European Disability Card reflect the general public interest across the EU.
The aim of this consultation is to:
• gather service providers’ and the general public’s views on the initiative
• collect opinions and evidence on the problem and various solutions (policy options) to address it
• create a robust and evidence-based analysis
The consultation is open until 5 May 2023
Joint European Degree label and a legal status for European universities alliances
10 Erasmus+ pilot projects have been launced to test new forms of transnational cooperation between higher education institutions, as outlined in the Council conclusions on a European strategy empowering higher education institutions for the future of Europe and the Council Recommendation on building bridges for effective European higher education cooperation: six of the selected projects will examine, test and facilitate the delivery of a joint European Degree label, whereas the other four projects will test institutionalised cooperation instruments, such as a possible legal status for these alliances.
UNESCO Call for nominations for the 2023 UNESCO Prize for Girls’ and Women’s Education
Funded by the Government of the People’s Republic of China, the Prize consists of two annual awards of USD 50 000 for each laureate in support of their work to advance education for girls and women
The nominations will be submitted by the International Unit in the Department of Education and so in order to evaluate the nominations, they request submission by the 1st of May 2023
We love hearing from students who have been on an Erasmus+ mobility!
For anyone who would like to take part and share their story, please email Erasmus@hea.ie or send us a DM on Twitter
Manan Midha, a UCD Msc International business student, recounts his Erasmus+ experience in Toulouse, France