What is Erasmus+?
Erasmus+ is a European education programme that promotes exchanges between university students (both undergraduate and postgraduate), teaching staff and administrative staff throughout participating countries.
The main specific aims of the Erasmus+ programme are to:
· Improve the mobility of student and staff
· Increase the degree of transparency and compatibility between higher education and advanced vocational education qualifications gained in Europe
Erasmus+ runs from 2014-2020 and supports activities in education, training, youth and sport across all sectors of lifelong learning including higher education, further education, adult education, schools and youth activities.
Aims and objectives of Erasmus+
Erasmus+ aims to boost skills and employability as well as modernise education, training, and youth work across Europe. It has a budget of approximately 14.7 billion euros across Europe and will, over the next seven years, provide opportunities for over 4 million Europeans to study, train, gain work experience and volunteer abroad and will also support transnational partnerships between education, training and youth organisations, as well as support grassroots sport projects.
We are proud to be associated with the programme and were awarded the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020.
Click here to view the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020.
Erasmus Policy Statement
Our internationalisation strategy is aligned with the Irish Government strategy to turn Ireland into a global information hub by 2015 by building global relationships in Education. To promote cultural diversity, we are developing relationships all over the world and we have students and partners from over 80 countries. This creates the potential for a large global alumni network. We choose partners that offer programmes, student care, facilities and a teaching experience that will allow our students to thrive during their time abroad. We regularly visit partners to understand their needs, learn about their philosophy and get a sense of what our students would experience if they go there. We focus on geographical areas that have potential in terms of cultural, trading and economic links with Ireland, e.g. Germany, France, India, China, Africa, Eastern Europe, South America, the United States, etc. This could maximise future employability opportunities for our students.
Internationalisation is one of our strategic objectives, as laid out in the DBS Strategic Plan 2019 - 2023. We aim to be a natural choice for international students. We will enhance our global presence, both by attracting increased numbers of international students and by expanding our teaching and learning footprint abroad. Our success will be a function of the whole experience for the student, including the relevance of our programmes to international markets, our approach to student recruitment, the supports we provide to students with little pactical experience of Ireland, and the overall engagement that we enable for students.To achieve this we will:
• provide easily accessible information about the programmes, services and activities we offer
• offer a learning environment and experience that explicitly meets the needs and expectations of international students
• focus on developing strategic partnerships in a focused number of international markets
• develop a strong international focus and awareness in all our staff