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Erasmus+ ‘must be simpler’

The student and researcher mobility programme Erasmus+ has become an administrative burden, European universities have said.

About 65 per cent of 218 higher education institutions that responded to a European University Association member survey reported that the administrative burden of the programme has increased. This was particularly the case for the student mobility part of the programme, the EUA reported on 28 November.

Respondents “appreciated the concept of a streamlined programme structure” in the current iteration of Erasmus+, but reported that “there has been no real simplification and flexibility has not improved, or at least not significantly”. The programme’s support staff are mostly helpful, but its processes are “cumbersome”, its instructions are “complicated and patch-worked” and its tools require improvement, the EUA reported.

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