The EU has invested an additional €17.6 million to support over 8 500 newly selected African students and staff to participate in Erasmus+ in 2019.
The results of the 2019 Erasmus+ call bring the total number of exchanges between Africa and Europe to approximately 26 000 since the beginning of the programme in 2014 and well on track to meeting the 2020 target of supporting 35 000 people as announced in the Africa-Europe Alliance for Sustainable Investment and Jobs. This year, more than 8 500 African and more than 4 500 European university students and staff will benefit from exchanges in 53 African countries and the 34 European countries that participate in the Erasmus+ programme. Students will be able to stay abroad for up to one year, while staff exchanges last up to two months.
Investing in people by investing in education and skills is one of the cornerstones of the Africa-Europe Alliance, which aims to take the EU's partnership with Africa to the next level. To do so, the Commission proposes to boost investment, to further attract private investors, to support education and skills development for employability, as well as to boost trade and improve the business climate.
Erasmus+ is the European Union programme for education, training, youth and sport for the period 2014-2020. Erasmus+ funds academic and youth mobility and cooperation between Europe and other regions in the world, including Africa, where it supports activities that are closely matched with the EU's policy cooperation priorities for the continent. African countries have been able to take part in Erasmus+ as partner countries since 2014.