Erasmus + 2014-2020
Erasmus + is the successor of the successful program Erasmus established in 1987. Erasmus + is the EU’s flagship education and training programme for mobility and cooperation in higher education across Europe. Its different actions not only cater to students wishing to study or work abroad but also to professors and other staff, even from enterprises, intending to teach abroad and to higher education staff seeking training abroad. In addition, the programme supports higher education institutions (HEI) to work together through strategic partnerships, academic networks and multilateral projects as well as to reach out to the world of business.
The Erasmus+ programme aims to boost skills and employability, as well as modernising Education, Training, and Youth work. The seven year programme will have a budget of €14.7 billion; a 40% increase compared to current spending levels, reflecting the EU’s commitment to investing in these areas.
Erasmus+ will provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad.
Erasmus+ will support transnational partnerships among Education, Training, and Youth institutions and organisations to foster cooperation and bridge the worlds of Education and work in order to tackle the skills gaps we are facing in Europe.
It will also support national efforts to modernise Education, Training, and Youth systems. In the field of Sport, there will be support for grassroots projects and cross-border challenges such as combating match-fixing, doping, violence and racism.
Erasmus+ brings together seven existing EU programmes in the fields of Education, Training, and Youth; it will for the first time provide support for Sport. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more opportunities for cooperation across the Education, Training, Youth, andSport sectors and is easier to access than its predecessors, with simplified funding rules.
ERASMUS + MOBILITY
Who can participate?
• Students and trainees learning in all forms of tertiary level education and training
• Higher education institutions, as specified by EU Member States and other participating countries
• Teachers, trainers and other staff within those institutions
• Staff from enterprises involved in teaching activities
• Associations and representatives of those involved in higher education, including relevant student, university, and teacher/trainer associations
• Enterprises, social partners and other representatives of working life
• Public and private organisations, including not-for-profit organisations and NGOs, responsible for the organisation and delivery of education and training at local, regional and national levels.
• Research centres and bodies concerned with lifelong learning issues
• Bodies providing guidance, counselling and information services
Specific eligibility rules:
• To be eligible for the programme, higher education institutions must hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). However, the Erasmus + programme is open to a wide spectrum of actors (enterprises, social partners, research centres etc. These actors are of course not required to apply for an ECHE in order to organise student placements or to participate in multilateral projects, networks or accompanying measures, etc.
• As concerns Erasmus student placements, higher education institutions must hold an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and placement consortia must hold an Erasmus Consortium
Students can go abroad for 3 to 12 months (including a complementary traineeship period, if planned). The same student may receive grants for studying or being trained abroad totalling up to 12 months maximum per each cycle of study:
- During the first study cycle (Bachelor or equivalent) including the short-cycle (EQF levels 5 and 6)
- During the second study cycle (Master or equivalent – EQF level 7) and
- During the third cycle as doctoral candidate (Doctoral level or EQF level 8)
The duration of a traineeship by recent graduates counts towards the 12 months maximum of the cycle during which they apply for the traineeship.
Vocational education and training professionals can take part in professional development programmes abroad in the following forms:
- Participation in training;
- Traineeship in a workplace/enterprise or in a teaching/training institution;
- Job shadowing/observation in a teaching/training institution, or another relevant organisation;
- Teaching assignment at a partner institution.
These activities can last from two days to two months, or even up to a year in some cases.
In 2013 Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen was awarded with Erasmus Charter for higher Education No: 210475-EPP-1-2014-1-BG-EPPKA3-ECHE
Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen
Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen is named after one of the most well-educated and talented students of Saints Cyril and Methodius. He was a writer, a religious figure and a significant person in the history of Old Bulgarian culture.
The University was founded as the Higher Pedagogical Institute with a Decree of the State Council of the People’s Republic of Bulgaria in 1971. In 1995 it was transformed into Konstantin PreslavskyUniversity of Shumen.
Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen is one of the five classical universities in Bulgaria. It has more than 7000 students studying in about 100 Bachelor and Master degree programmes taught in 5 faculties (Faculty of Humanities; Faculty of Mathematics and Informatics; Faculty of Natural Sciences; Faculty of Technical Sciences and Faculty of Education), College in Dobrich and Department for Information and In-service Teacher Training in Varna.
The Faculty of Humanities has 10 departments – Bulgarian Studies Department, English Studies Department, German Studies and Foreign Language Education Department, Russian Studies Department, Turkish Studies and Literature Department, Theology Department, History and Archaeology Department, Education Department, Theory and History of Literature Department, Journalism and Mass Communication Department. It is the biggest and oldest faculty of the University.
The University is a certified higher education institution with more than 500 full-time lecturers. The academia has serious contributions in different fields of science and has active participation in various international educational and academic projects and programmes.
The University Library has a rich book-stock. Konstantin Preslavsky University Press publishes hundreds of volumes of specialized educational and academic literature. The University has one of the two astronomical observatories for education in the country. In 2010 the astronomical centre celebrated its 10th anniversary.
Konstantin Preslavsky University has 5 educational corpuses, 4 halls of residence, playgrounds, swimming pools, fitness centres, and places for recreation and entertainment. Along with their studies students can participate in different initiatives and programmes in the field of science, arts and sport.
In 2009 the Bulgarian National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency accredited Konstantin Preslavsky University of Shumen for a period of six years with the highest possible grade.