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Tender: Erasmus+ Higher Education Impact Study

Belgium, 28 July 2016


The study has the general objective to analyse how the Erasmus+ programme continues to act as a driver in the modernisation process of higher education institutions by measuring the impact of higher education student mobility, staff mobility and cooperation projects such as Strategic Partnerships, at individual and institutional levels as described below. A special focus will be on the new measures introduced by Erasmus+.

Specific objectives of the study are as follows:

Individual level: Impact and outreach

  1. To analyse how Erasmus+ student mobility improves the level of key competences and skills with relevance to the labour market

  2. To analyse how Erasmus+ improves the level of key competences and skills with relevance to a cohesive society (intercultural awareness, acceptance of differences of opinion/belief/lifestyle, critical thinking, active citizenship, social and civic engagement)

  3. To analyse how Erasmus+ helps strengthening the interaction between citizens in different countries and influences European identity and attitudes towards Europe.

  4. To analyse the extent to which Erasmus+ contributes to removing some of the barriers to student and staff mobility (such as linguistic, financial or in terms of recognition, etc.) and make the programme more accessible.

  5. To assess the added value of a mobility period for a student in terms of the overall impact on his/her academic path, in particular in terms of the adoption and use of new learning methods.

  6. To assess the added value of a mobility period for staff, particularly in terms of the adoption and use of new teaching methods.

  7. To examine how Erasmus+ staff mobility impacts on the skills and competences of staff.

  8. To examine how participation in Erasmus+ impacts employability of graduates, including the average time to find a first job and the location of this first job (home country, European country or non-European country).

  9. To explore what kind of jobs Erasmus+ graduates hold after their graduation and whether the graduate is employed in home country, country of mobility or a different country. The proportion of students who have been offered a position by the company where they did their Erasmus+ traineeship should be quantified.

  10. To analyse the impact of Strategic Partnerships on higher education students and staff with a specific focus on the different forms of learning/teaching/training activities (virtual/blended mobility, participation/teaching in Intensive Study Programmes etc). The impact of these activities on the individual should be compared to the impact of mobility activities under Key Action 1, as described under points 1-9 above.

Institutional level:

  1. To analyse how Erasmus+ impacts the development of teaching methods and new curricula.

  2. To analyse how Erasmus+ impacts the support services of institutions for better guidance to students.

  3. To analyse how Erasmus+ fosters internationalisation in general (including internationalisation at home) and the international dimension of education through cooperation with non-European countries in particular.

  4. To quantify and analyse how student and staff mobility are integrated in the internationalisation strategy of the sending institution and how it is recognised.

  5. To provide an in-depth analysis of the direct impact of Erasmus+ staff mobility on teaching and training methods at the sending and receiving institutions.

  6. To explore the added value of teaching assignments from invited staff from enterprises, both from the perspective of the individuals involved and from the institutional perspective.

  7. To explore how institutions approach partnerships in terms of international credit mobility (mobility between European and non-European countries), i.e. if they are new or based on previous experience.

  8. To analyse to which extent cooperation projects such as Strategic Partnerships have impact, e.g. on internationalisation of HEIs, internationalisation at home, research cooperation, relevance of higher education to economy needs, modernisation of HEIs etc.

  9. To identify the extent to which Strategic Partnerships have led to increased cooperation with actors outside of higher education, such as other fields of education and training, public authorities, civil society or companies.

  10. To explore the impact of Strategic Partnerships on the development, use and improvement of information and communications technology (ICT) tools, massive open online courses (MOOCs), distance teaching and learning and online collaborative platforms.

  11. To establish if Strategic Partnerships have led to different spin-offs, such as innovative teaching methods, curriculum development and joint courses.

  12. To identify the extent to which Strategic Partnerships have contributed to widening access to Higher Education and increased diversity of the student body.

  13. For all the above: to analyse if trends and impact vary by type of higher education institutions (e.g. universities; university foundations; universities of applied sciences; etc.).


Geographical area to be covered

The analysis should cover all Programme Countries (EU Member States, Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and Turkey) and 12 Partner Countries representing diversity and geographical spread. These should include a selection of the top sending and receiving countries in Erasmus+ international credit mobility (e.g. Serbia, Russia, China, Ukraine, Israel and the US), as well as one or two of the least developed countries in Asia and Latin America for which EU targets have been set. The 12 Partner Countries shall be located in at least 7 of the 12 regions grouped according to the different financial instruments of the EU external action. The tenderer is invited to justify the selection of the Partner Countries.

Target groups (for dissemination of the study)

The results of the study are primarily intended for the following target groups:

  • The European Commission

  • National Authorities

  • National Agencies

  • Higher Education Institutions

  • Employers

  • Erasmus+ participants


Submission Deadline: 28 August 2016

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