At the 25th anniversary of the Utrecht Network, a Europeanuniversity cooperation network in the area of internationalisationand mobility, Mr. Wächter used the opportunity to encourage rectorsand university board members to pay close attention to the ‘Erasmusfor all’-proposal that the European Commission has put forward.
According to the European Commission, Erasmus for all is the newprogramme for education, training, youth and sport. Starting in2014, it would significantly increase the funds allocated for thedevelopment of knowledge and skills.
“Erasmus for all is based on the premise that investing ineducation and training is the key to unlocking people’s potential,regardless of their age or background. It helps them to increasetheir personal development, gain new skills and boost their jobprospects”.
Erasmus as a panacea
The Brussels’ based Academic CooperationAssociation (ACA) is somewhat more critical. ACA is afraid that thelack of clarity in the Commission’s proposal will lead the EuropeanParliament and the Council to transform the proposal into “anythingthe current political climate would like it to be – a panacea forall the social problems facing Europe today – and not what theprogramme was originally designed to do.”
The ACA also points to the lack of detailin the ‘Erasmus for all-proposal’, being just “another case of theCommission’s famed ‘constructive ambiguity’ approach.” According toWächter the proposal would do away with any sector-specificsub-programmes and would therefore not be able to allocate money to for instance higher education.
Wächter: “What drives these reforms is thedrive for managerial efficiency. If they simplify the categories,they can have the same application form. But… if they don’t getthis single form right, they mess everything up. It issimplification at the end of the programme managers, I don’t thinkit will get worse, but I don’t think it will get much bettereither. Accountability craze is the Zeitgeist, there I have nohope.”
Projected key figures
€19 billion (includes €1.8 billion for internationalcooperation)
Overall mobility opportunities
5 million people
2.2 million students
1 million teachers, trainers, youth workers and other staff
Vocational education and training
735 000 students
Volunteer and youth exchange schemes
540 000 young people
Master’s degree loan guarantee scheme
330 000 students
135 000 students
Joint degree grants
34 000 students
More than 20 000 linking together
115 000 institutions
200 set up by 2000 higher education institutions andbusinesses
Sectoral Skills Alliances
200 set up by 2000 education and training providers andbusinesses
De student als consument maakt vrouwelijke docenten extra kwetsbaar
Bekostiging per student in het hbo en wo gaat dalen
Dijkgraaf wil zijn waaier doortrekken naar het onderzoek in het hbo en mbo
Fel debat over internationalisering tekent zich af in hoger onderwijs
VVD ruilt kennisgeld Groeifonds in voor fossiel belastingvoordeel