The Erasmus Programme is a European Union Education and Training Programme that aims to increase the quality of higher education in Europe. For this purpose, the Programme promotes the co-operations between higher education institutions in Europe. These partnerships and related mobility activities are financially supported by the Programme.
Besides cooperation between higher education institutions the Erasmus Programme promotes cooperation between higher education institutions and labour markets so that universities meet the needs of labour markets and graduates have better opportunities for employment. The European Commission is responsible for the overall implementation of the Erasmus Programme. Actions are managed by national agencies in the 33 participating countries or by the Executive Agency for Education, Audovisiual and Culture (EAEAC) based in Brussels. Istanbul Arel University was awarded with the Extended University Erasmus Charter in the 2010-2011 academic year. This Charter is valid for the entire duration of the EU's Lifelong Learning Programme which extends through 2013. The University has recently applied for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 – EACEA.
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