Contribution by Floris Korbee, VU Amsterdam
The European Commission has commissioned a study among 77,000 participants to assess the impact of Erasmus+ mobility on students, staff and higher education institutions.
It’s interesting in the Erasmus+ higher education impact study to see that for both students and staff, an Erasmus(+) experience has a positive impact on their careers. Students often discover what they want to do in the future, find their first job quicker than others and are happier with their jobs. They often work abroad (23%), and almost half of them in the country where they stayed during their Erasmus(+) period. Higher education staff mainly participate in Erasmus+ to develop their career. Reasons for taking part are primarily related to collaboration and networking (93%), the development of field knowledge (93%) and the opportunity to experience different learning and teaching methods (89%).
Erasmus(+) also has a high impact on their graduates’ personal development, social engagement, intercultural openness and academic development. It is not uncommon that they find a partner with a different nationality than their own (23%), more than half of them during their Erasmus(+) mobility. Higher education staff improve their intercultural understanding and competencies, their transversal and social skills, also compared to participants in other mobility programmes.
Higher education institutions find Erasmus(+) essential for their strategies and to improve their international competitiveness and the quality of their programmes. Many higher education institutions report a constant over-demand for student and staff mobility under Erasmus+.