At the beginning of March, the European Commission published the basis for a new EU strategy for Africa, which aims to establish a close partnership with the African continent.
The EU research programme Horizon 2020 will provide additional funding for a research dimension of European Universities under the chapter "Science with and for society".
The DAAD has commissioned a study on “Internationalisation in Higher Education for Society”, a field that so far has been rarely the focus of research.
The Committee for Education and Culture of the European Parliament is concerned about possible budget cuts for the 2021–2027 Erasmus+ programme generation. The committee chairwoman has issued two press releases criticising the current proposals of the European Council for the 2021–2027 EU budget.
On 29 January, the European Commission published its work programme for 2020 "Roadmap for a Union that wants to achieve more" with six overarching objectives.
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The Joint Research Centre (JRC) launched the Collaborative Doctoral Partnership Programme (CDP) to improve the interface between science and policy.
The Erasmus+ budget reached a new record high in 2018 with 2,8 Billion EUR (an increase by 10% compared to the previous year), according to the annual report of the European Commission.
On 1 January 2020, Croatia assumed the Presidency of the EU for the first time since the country joined the European Union in 2013. Its motto is "A strong Europe in a world of challenges".
The new political leadership of the European Commission under Ursula von der Leyen was elected by the European Parliament with 65% of the votes and took up its work on 01/12/2020.
On 5 November, the European Commission launched the second pilot call for European Universities as part of the annual Erasmus+ call.
Future of EU Higher Ed Policy
Here you can find an overview of the development process, the ideas and political decision papers.