Erasmus+ is the European Union’s programme to support education, training, youth and sport in Europe and in Partner Countries (including India). The budget of €14.7 billion will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train and gain experience abroad between 2014 and 2020. Erasmus+ has opportunities for a wide range of organizations, including universities, education and training providers, think-tanks, research organizations and private businesses.

Aims of the Erasmus+ Programme

Erasmus+ aims to promote the sustainable development of its partners in the field of higher education, and contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Youth Strategy.
Specific issues tackled by the programme include:
  1. Reducing unemployment, especially among young people
  2. Promoting adult learning, especially for new skills and skills required by the labour market.
  3. Encouraging young people to take part in European democracy
  4. Supporting innovation, cooperation and reform
  5. Reducing early school leaving
  6. Promoting cooperation and mobility with the EU’s partner countries

Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education

The KA2 Capacity Building in Higher Education action aims to support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the Partner Countries. Capacity-building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the Erasmus+ budget. They can also involve non-academic partners (like NGOs) to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects.
This action contributes to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries and should ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity. Special attention will be given to the least developed countries, universities in more remote areas, as well as to disadvantaged students from poor socio-economic backgrounds and to students with special needs.
Through structured cooperation, exchange of experience and good practices and individual mobility, Capacity-building Projects aim to:
  1. support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the eligible Partner Countries;
  2. support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management and governance;
  3. contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
  4. promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  5. promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.