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Nearly 103 million euros for Poland for Erasmus+ in 2016

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Poland will receive nearly 103 million euros for the implementation of the EU’s Erasmus+ in 2016. The biggest budget - exceeding 45 million euros - will be at the disposal of the higher education sector. Erasmus+ National Information Day was held on Tuesday in Warsaw.

European Union programme Erasmus+ was launched in January 2014. It replaced several previous educational programs, including "Learning for Life" and "Youth in Action". It will run until 2020, with the total budget of € 14.7 billion, of which in 2016 - 2.2 billion. It is planned that during its course the programme will benefit 4 million people, including 2 million students and 125 thousand institutions.

In Poland, Erasmus+ is implemented by three ministries: science and higher education, national education, sports and tourism. In 2016 - out of nearly 103 million euros for Poland - the amount of 13.7 million was allocated to projects related to school education; 27.4 million to vocational education and training initiatives. Tasks in the area referred to as "youth" in the program budget received 11.8 million euros; adult education - 4.2 million euros. The highest amount - over 45 million euros - will go to initiatives in the area of higher education.

According to the data provided by the Foundation for the Development of the Education System - the Polish National Agency of the Erasmus+ Programme, about 43 thousand Polish students study at foreign universities (in the EU), including 14 thousand Polish students who leave to study or practice abroad through the Erasmus programme. Out of more than 46 thousand Foreign students studying in Poland, annually 11 thousand come to Poland as part of Erasmus+.

"Erasmus + is addressed not only to students and academic teachers, but also to primary and secondary school children, teachers, young people in non-formal education projects, entrepreneurs. You could say that Erasmus+ is open to any person who wants to improve their knowledge and skills" - he said during Tuesday\'s press conference in Warsaw Tomasz Bratek, Erasmus+ programme director and deputy director general of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System.

He emphasised that in 2016 Erasmus+ opens up to the possibility of cooperation with partner countries. "Now we have the opportunity to work with countries such as Montenegro, Azerbaijan, Morocco, Vietnam, Cuba, Mexico, in fact all the countries of the world. In the previous year, nearly 30 percent universities participated in student exchange with countries outside the EU in the area of higher education. It is a good sign. We will try to achieve the situation in which most universities apply for such funding. Obviously, the countries of the Eastern Partnership are the priority among the non-EU countries" - said Bratek.

According to the Foundation for the Development of the Education System, interest in the programme Erasmus+ in Poland remains very high from the beginning. "In the first two years of Erasmus+, the foundation received more than 8 thousand projects, of which we have financed 2632 projects, plus more than 800 projects under the Operational Programme Knowledge, Education, Development" - said on Tuesday Mirosław Marczewski, Director General of the Foundation for the Development of the Education System.

On Tuesday, persons interested in participating in projects funded by Erasmus+ could benefit from the Erasmus+ National Information Day. The event at PGE Narodowy in Warsaw was attended by more than a thousand people.

The deadline for applications in the first competitions in 2016 expires on February 2. Detailed information is available at: http://erasmusplus.org.pl/o-programie/terminy/

PAP - Science and Scholarship in Poland is one of the media sponsors of the event.

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