EU and Students

Higher education plays an essential role in society, creating new knowledge and transferring it to students and fostering innovation. EU-level actions help higher education institutions throughout Europe in their efforts to modernise, both in terms of the courses they offer and the way they operate.

The Europe 2020 strategy, its Flagship Initiatives and the new Integrated Guidelines put knowledge at the heart of the Union’s efforts for achieving smart, sustainable and inclusive growth; the Commission’s proposal for the Multiannual Financial Framework 2014-2020 supports this strategy with a significant increase in the budget devoted to investment in education, research and innovation. This is because education, and in particular higher education and its links with research and innovation, plays a crucial role in individual and societal advancement, and in providing the highly skilled human capital and the articulate citizens that Europe needs to create jobs, economic growth and prosperity. Higher education institutions are thus crucial partners in delivering the European Union's strategy to drive forward and maintain growth.

The European Union supports students from the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia through the Erasmus and the Erasmus Mundus programmes. These programmes support mobility for students and professors, and co-funding to higher education institutions working together through transnational cooperation projects. They aim to enhance the quality of higher education and promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through mobility and academic cooperation.

Erasmus Mundus Master’s Courses are high-quality study programmes at Master level in almost all academic disciplines.

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Erasmus is the EU's flagship education and training programme enabling 200,000 students to study and work abroad each year. In addition, it funds co-operation between higher education institutions across Europe. The programme supports not only students, but also professors and business staff who want to teach abroad, as well as university staff who want to receive training.

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