Bonn - The (DAAD) welcomed the further development of the Erasmus exchange program, but also criticized the concept for the follow-up program.
The current educational programs of the European Union, including Erasmus, will end in December 2013. For her successor from 2014 to 2020, the European Commission has submitted proposal for an umbrella program "Erasmus for All", which should encompass all areas of education.
The DAAD welcomed the planned significantly better funding for the EU program in Around 19 billion euros. "Especially in times of the European debt crisis, the 73 percent increase in funding for education is an important signal," said the President of the DAAD, Margret Wintermantel. It is crucial to invest in the education and training of the young generation and thus to strengthen the efficiency and cohesion of Europe, she said.
"Erasmus for All" is intended to increase the mobility of students, teachers and university staff and not be limited to Europe. However, the DAAD calls for the program to be adapted even better to the conditions of the Bologna Process. A so-called mobility account would then make sense, for example, which allows several stays abroad in the three Bologna cycles Bachelor, Master and PhD.