Erasmus+ is a broad program offering European opportunities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020.
Erasmus + provides grants for a wide range of activities and projects for university students, faculty, and staff to:
- spend a period abroad to increase their skills and employability.
- work in transnational partnerships
- share innovative practices in the fields of education, training and youth.
A general presentation about the program is available here.
The new program is composed of three ‘Key Action’ areas and on this page you will find the guides for each and information about the activities funded under each.
The actions of the Erasmus + program are divided into decentralized and centralized actions.
Turkey is classified as a Program Country and decentralized actions are managed by the Turkish National Agency.
The centralized actions are managed at European level by the European Commission’s Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) located in Brussels.
KEY ACTION 1: LEARNING MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS
Koç University students already can benefit from what it means to do an Erasmus term abroad across 33 countries and at our Office of International Programs we would like more students, faculty and staff to take up this opportunity and make the most of the new features and benefits of the Erasmus+ program.
Erasmus+ student credit mobility now includes an international component, with mobility for students and staff to and from partner countries worldwide, at all levels of higher education.
- More information about how to participate is available here.
- Find more information about staff mobility.
- Find more information about faculty mobility at KU.
General information about this Action from the Turkish National Agency is available here.
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
Under the new Erasmus+ program Koç University can join an international consortium of Higher Education Institutions and receive funding to run excellent Joint Master degree programs aimed at attracting the best students from all over the world.
The degree awarded through the Joint Master program will be fully recognized by the Turkish Higher Education Council (YÖK).
Joint Master degree courses are high-level, integrated, international study programs of 60, 90 or 120 credits under the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS)
Students follow a Master study program in at least 2 program country institutions, receive competitive scholarships and obtain joint or multiple degrees.
More information is available here.
KEY ACTION 2: CO-OPERATION FOR INNOVATION AND GOOD PRACTICES
This action involves activities that stimulate entrepreneurship and creativity across all disciplines and cycles (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral degrees). It also covers opportunities to enhance innovation in higher education through interactive learning environments, knowledge-transfer infrastructure and capacity-building measures aimed at supporting the modernization of higher education in different parts of the world.
There are four types of projects that can be funded under this category:
Strategic Partnerships support organizations from different fields to collaborate and implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work.
For example a strategic partnership with Koç University and other organizations from different countries, disciplines and sectors (public/private) could aim to implement activities such as:
- Developing and delivering joint study modules, programs and curricula, ensuring the relevance towards the needs of the Turkish or regional labour market
- Implementing project-based activities involving enterprises and students/staff at universities.
- Making more effective use of virtual mobility, open educational resources and ICT to implement innovative teaching approaches
- Integrating distance, part-time and modular learning into the delivery of higher education
- Strengthening higher education institutions’ engagement with local/regional authorities and stakeholders from civil society
- Reinforcing cooperation between the different formal and informal education and training sectors
- Enhancing guidance counseling, coaching methods and tools, student support services
More information about this opportunity is available also here.
More information is available about this opportunity in Turkish here.
- Projects: 2-3 years
- Funding: up to €300,000 for 2 years or €450,000 for 3 years
- Partnerships include a minimum of 3 organizations from 3 program countries.
- Project applications are submitted to the Turkish National Agency who then evaluates, grants and supervises the project.
For strategic partnerships in the area of youth more information is available here.
Within Knowledge Alliances, Koç University can work together with Turkish or international enterprises to encourage innovation by:
- Developing innovative learning and teaching methods
- Organizing continuing education programs and activities
- Strengthening the exchange, the flow and the co-creation of knowledge
- Developing solutions for challenging issues
- Knowledge Alliances can help stimulate entrepreneurship by:
- Introducing entrepreneurship education in any discipline
- Offering new learning opportunities to apply entrepreneurial skills
- Possible project activities can include:
- Study activities in enterprises that are recognised within the curriculum
- Trial testing innovative measures
- Student, researcher and staff exchanges
- Involving company staff in teaching and research
Projects: 2-3 years
- Maximum funding € 700,000 (2 year project) and € 1,000,000 (3 year project)
- Organizations established in a program country can apply
- Minimum 6 organizations from at least 3 diff erent program countries. At least 2 higher education institutions must be involved, as well as at least 2 enterprises
- Open to any discipline, field and to cross sectoral collaboration
- Applications are submitted to the European Union central office.
Koç University can take part in collaborative, capacity-building partnerships outside the EU in neighbourhood countries, Africa, Asia, and Latin America through projects that increase an organisation’s competencies or expertise through:
- Joint projects help higher education institutions from partner countries develop, modernise and share new curricula, teaching methods or materials. They also help boost quality assurance and governance of higher education institutions.
- Structural projects help to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems in partner countries. The aim is to enhance their quality and relevance, and promote regional cooperation.
More information is available here.
KEY ACTION 3: SUPPORT FOR POLICY REFORM
- Finances open methods of coordination (cooperation with EU Member States) to advance higher education activities
- Supports policy dialogue with partner countries in the framework of the open method of coordination
- Supports the development and implementation of EU transparency tools like ECTS and EQF, as well as EU-wide networks
- Funds international policy dialogue, Erasmus+ alumni and promotion campaigns to raise the attractiveness of European higher education in the world
Through different activities like peer review, policy experimentation with national and regional authorities, providing European tools like the European Credit Accumulation and Transfer System (ECTS), working with networks of universities and colleges and supporting the Bologna Process, EU support helps to modernise higher education policies across Europe and in partner countries.
Calls for proposals and more information is available here.
Have a project idea? Want to know more?
For more information about each of three Key Actions and support during the application process please contact:
|Key Action 1 - Mobility of Individuals (student, faculty and staff exchange)||
|Exchange Programs& Partnership||
+90 212 338 1123
|Key Action 1 – Joint Master Degree Programs||Emrah Göker||Research Development Office||
+90 212 338 1512
|Key Action 2 – Strategic Partnerships and Co-operation and innovation for good practices||Emrah Göker||Research Development Office||
+90 212 338 1512
|Key Action 3 – Support for policy reform||Emrah Göker||Research Development Office||
+90 212 338 1512
On social media you can follow the latest news, calls and resources for applications from the Executive Agency and the Turkish National Agency on:
Twitter: #ErasmusPlus ; @ulusalajans
Facebook: Erasmus+; ulusalajans
A database of projects funded under Erasmus+ can be found here.
Some examples of Koç University Projects submitted and/or prepared include:
|Action||Project Name||Koç University Department||Partners|
|KA2 Strategic Partnerships in area of Youth||Know your Impact||Koç University Social Impact Forum (KUSIF)||Mikado Sustainable Development Consulting, Estonian Social Enterprise Network, Social Value UK|
|KA2 Strategic Partnerships in Higher Education||Internationalization at home in HE: Bridging the gap between faculty and admin using effective data and communication||Office of International Programs (OIP)||Universidad Autonoma de Barcelona (Spain), International School for Social and Business Studies (ISSBS, Slovenia)|
|Lifelong Learning Programme (submitted in 2012)||ERASMUS Academic Network 2012- 2015. IntlUni: The Challenges of the Multilingual and Multicultural Learning Space (www.IntlUni.eu)||English Language Center (ELC)||38 Partners in 27 countries|