It is a new Erasmus + programme that will start at the beginning of 2021 and run for the next six years. Responsible, open and ambitious are the three key words of the next roadmap. As a bonus, the European Commission awarded the "Good Practice" label last October, which recognises the quality of the work carried out by the UM teams over the 2014-2020 period.

It is a small plaque which honours a great deal of work, that of the international relations teams at the UM, both centrally and in the components. This recognition was awarded following the audit carried out by the National Erasmus Agency, which " validates the quality of the implementation of the Erasmus + programme over the 2014-2020 period and its compliance with the charter signed by Philippe Augé, the President of the UM ", explains Nadia Lagarde, Deputy Director of the International Relations Department (DRI).

Monitoring of outgoing and incoming mobility, linguistic support, but also recognition of our training courses in partner countries, " this is one of the ways in which our good practices can be labelled," continues Nadia Lagarde, especially as students are not the only beneficiaries, as the European programme is also aimed at the staff of our university (teaching and administrative staff).

Exchanging to strengthen each other

This news comes at the right time, as the internal information and promotion campaign for the new Erasmus + programme, which will run from 2021 to 2027, will begin in the coming weeks. And for Camylle Pernelle, Head of Department, "the Erasmus + programme is still little known outside the mobility strand. The possibilities for cooperation are numerous and strongly focused on the exchange of good practices, innovation and capacity building of higher education institutions .

The internationalisation of doctoral studies in conjunction with South African universities, the sharing of know-how in the field of green transition and sustainable development with our European partners as part of the UNI-ECO project, work on structuring the system for validating acquired experience with Algerian universities, the creation of a master's degree in water management in West Africa... These are just a few examples of the diversity and openness of the missions carried out within the framework of Erasmus +.

Responsibility, openness and ambition

These are missions that the DRI intends to extend thanks to this new programme based on three axes: responsibility, openness and ambition. " Responsible by being even more attentive to the issues of ecological transition, for example by giving greater importance to soft modes of transport in mobility," explains Camylle Pernelle. We also want to be more open thanks to more inclusive systems, " we want to extend our mobility to people with disabilities," adds Frédéric Achard, head of the mobility department, " and take better account of the socially disadvantaged. To this end, hybrid mobility and greater digitalization will be offered.

Ambitious, finally, because ' with this new programme, Europe is promising to triple the budgets and extend mobility', Frédéric Achard continues. So many more scholarships and mobility opportunities for students, who should know that we are here to help them carry out their international mobility with the maximum amount of aid possible by mobilising Erasmus+ scholarships, AMI scholarships or even those of the region.

"You have an idea, we turn it into a project

However, this information campaign is not only aimed at students who want to leave.

Erasmus + is also aimed at teacher-researchers who would like to set up projects within the framework of the programme, as Camylle Pernelle emphasises: " If you have an idea, we will turn it into a project, that is the message we want to send them. Another desire of the new programme is to include more local authorities, regions, departments, metropolises, etc. At the national level, the UM was again this year in the top 3 of the most dynamic universities in the implementation of its Erasmus+ programme. A place that it should not leave any time soon.

Student mobility at the UM in figures

Each year, on average, 550 students go on international mobility trips as part of their studies, of which approximately 350 are in Europe. As for internships abroad, an average of 930 students can benefit from this experience, 450 of which are in Europe. The most popular destinations are Canada, the United Kingdom, Spain, Ireland and Germany. Finally, about 420 foreign students on exchange programmes are welcomed each year at the UM. The Germans, Belgians, Spaniards and Italians are in the lead.