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Erasmus is the Union's programme for education, training, youth and sport and aims to equip people with new knowledge and skills through study, traineeships, apprenticeships, youth exchanges, teaching, training, youth work and sport activities all over Europe and beyond. It also supports the modernisation of the education and training systems across Europe.

The programme is built around three key actions: mobility, cooperation and support to policy development.

For individual training, one might be interested in KEY ACTION 1 – MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS.  This Key Action supports: mobility of learners and staff: opportunities for students, trainees and young people, as well as for professors, staff of education institutions and civil society organisations to undertake a learning and/or professional experience in another country;

KEY ACTION 2: COOPERATION AMONG ORGANISATIONS AND INSTITUTIONS This Key Action supports, among other activities,

  1. Cooperation Partnerships: The primary goal of Cooperation Partnerships is to allow organisations to increase the quality and relevance of their activities, to develop and reinforce their networks of partners, to increase their capacity to operate jointly at transnational level, boosting internationalisation of their activities, and through exchanging or developing new practices and methods as well as sharing and confronting ideas.
  2. Alliances for Innovation: This action aims at fostering strategic cooperation between key players in higher education and vocational education and training, business and research – the "knowledge triangle" – to foster innovation and modernisation of education and training systems in identifying and supplying the right set of skills, knowledge and competences to match the future labour market


The Jean Monnet Action in the field of Higher Education supports Teaching and research in the field of European Union studies worldwide. The scope of EU studies can be varied so long as the EU angle is explored, for example EU dimension of public health.

The Jean Monnet “Teaching and Research” must take one of the following forms: Modules, Chairs and Centres of Excellence

  • Modules are short teaching programmes or courses in the field of European Union studies at offered at a higher education institution.
  • Chairs are teaching posts with a specialisation in European Union studies for university professors for a duration of three years.
  • Jean Monnet Centres of Excellence are focal points of competence and knowledge on European Union subjects. They should gather the expertise and competences of high-level experts aiming to at develop synergies between the various disciplines and resources in European studies as well as at creating joint transnational activities.

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