Two EC studies show Erasmus+ also helps universities to become more innovative
The European Commission (EC) has released two new independent studies on Erasmus+ which show, amongst other findings, that the Erasmus+ programme is helping universities to become more innovative.
The two large-scale studies (Erasmus+ Higher Education Impact study and the Erasmus+ Higher Education Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances study) were released on 20 May 2019, and assessed the impact of the programme on its two main beneficiaries: individuals and organisations. For the first study, almost 77,000 responses from students, graduates and staff members were analysed. The findings of the second study are based on responses from 258 Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships and Knowledge Alliances (representing 504 organisations) awarded funding in 2014-2016 as well as 26 detailed case studies.
According to the EC, the two studies show how, in addition to helping prepare young Europeans for the new digital era and thrive in their future careers, Erasmus+ also boosts innovation capacity of universities, their international engagement and ability to answer the needs of the labour market. Other effects of the programme are that of boosting the "European sense of belonging" of its participants; supporting digital transformation and social inclusion at the respective institutions; more international careers for its participants; as well as supporting entrepreneurship: One in four cooperation projects contributed to entrepreneurial education and strengthened entrepreneurship. A third of projects helped create spin-offs and start-ups.
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