Growth of 16,3 % in delivery of support docs

A new record was made in the delivery of support documents of Euneos. By 12 February, the deadline of Erasmus+ Call 2019, there were 1062 subscriptions. The growth was 16,3 % from the previous year.
The postponement of the deadline with one week helped Euneos a bit to this number. On the other hand, there was an interruption of one week in the delivery due to some technological changes Euneos could not anticipate.
Euneos has for a long time drawn attention to Erasmus+ program by free sharing of support documents. Our intention has been to serve schools, also those who have not been so well aware of funding opportunities, in applying for Erasmus+ grants.
“Why do you give them out freely? Don’t you know that you are also helping your competitors?
I have heard these questions. Of course, there are other course providers subscribing our support documents, after which they modify the documents for their own purposes. Erasmus+ course providing is full of copycats and others who run courses ”in borrowed plumes” so to say. But the caravan goes on…
What was new in Erasmus+ Call this year 2019? Most prominently, the change to the use of an online form in receiving applications. The new online form was published pretty late, too late from the perspective of our delivery of support.
All support documents of Euneos courses had to be updated to the new format of the online form. It took quite some time. But finally, all documents were updated a month before the original deadline, 5 February 2019.
Looking back to our support for applicants of Erasmus+ grants, we can only thank schools for their growing interest in Euneos as a helpful and reliable course provider. Hopefully they will not forget Euneos courses when the grants are shared.
Just now there is nothing to give out on our website http://www.euneosmedia.com. But wait and see! Erasmus+ is a multi-dimensional program, and there is always something interesting going on. At the end of March 2019 is the deadline for Erasmus+ KA2 projects.
Euneos has a long history of EU projects, starting with Comenius 3 network COMP@CT 2001-2004. The company was born as a spin-off of COMP@CT in 2005.
There are past projects such as EFELCREN, LETHE, Bridging Europae, Patchworld, WebCEF and CEFCult in our Comenius history. The later ones, ThreeC and OpenBadges belong to the Erasmus+ KA2 projects of Euneos 2014-17.
As a course provider Euneos can have a lot to give to the project makers. A course about your topic may be one result of your project. Or you want to give training to your project staff during the funding period. It might be the most productive activity for the successful proceeding of your project.
All this can be written in your course application. Euneos has more than a dozen of different topics of courses. If your project produces a fresh new one, we are only happy to implement your course. There is an endless amount of space for your suggestions in
https://www.euneoscourses.eu/?page_id=807 .

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Brexit and Erasmus+

Brexit with No Deal? If this worst option comes true, what will happen to Erasmus+ mobilities the participants of which are staying in Britain on 29 March 2019? The EU commission has published information about the issue, see below. There were more than 500 Erasmus+ courses offered in Britain at the beginning of this year. Euneos has cancelled the English language course in London this spring and offers a corresponding course in Helsinki 28 April – 3 May 2019, more in https://www.euneoscourses.eu/?p=2861.

Brexit: Protecting learners on ongoing Erasmus+ mobility exchanges

http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/news/brexit-protecting-learners-ongoing-erasmus-mobility-exchanges_en

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Finalise your Erasmus+ application by subscribing Euneos FI support docs

Any help needed in finalising your application for Erasmus+ Call 2019? The deadline is close, 5 February at 12:00 Brussels time. Remember to give the last polishing to your application as it may bring a few additional points needed in the competition. Winning applications can be finalised by subscribing Euneos support documents from http://www.euneosmedia.com. Now they are adapted to the new online form of the Call. After subscribing you get an email with links to support docs of all courses, and you can download what is relevant to you. If your topic is very special, and you want to write it from scratch, download the document ”Tailor your own course…” where you get also advice how to formulate your European Development Plan, a must to give reasons for your application.

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No deal, postponement or referendum – how does Brexit affect your Erasmus+ plans

No deal, postponement or referendum again – these are possible options of Brexit currently. Whatever option will come true, the British government wants to continue with Erasmus+ programme as before , at least by the end of the current program period 31.12. 2020.

As a responsible course provider Euneos FI wants to be sure that the English language courses in London 7-13 April and 13-18 October 2019 will be realizable as we suggest in https://www.euneoscourses.eu/?p=2861 .

Basing on the affirmation of the British officials we are confident that whatever happens in Brexit it will not harm our activities with British partners, so the courses will be realised.

In case there are cancellations and the courses cannot be realized in London, there are corresponding courses organised in Helsinki a bit later. So, don’t skip these options to be trained in the use of English by native teachers.

If you have to change the target country, your National Agency can always authorize you to do it. There is nothing exceptional in that procedure. Not all providers are able to implement courses they have offered, and participants need to find substituting courses elsewhere.

The British officials who speak on behalf of the government express themselves fully confident. They write: ”We recommend that projects that are currently contracted continue being delivered, and applications are submitted to the UK National Agency for the 2019 Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps Call for Proposals as normal in the immediate term.”

They promise that further guidance will be issued later in January 2019, see https://www.erasmusplus.org.uk/brexit-update?md=yzx .

The British Parliament voted on 15 January 2019 to abandon the EU-negotiated agreement. It is not yet known what will happen next: will the announced withdrawal period, originally supposed to be on 29 March 2019, be held or postponed, whether Britain will exit with no deal or aim at cancelling Brexit by some means like a second referendum.

”All this also affects the European Union’s Erasmus + program, like other EU programs”, informs for example CIMO, the Finnish National Agency, ”but it is not yet worthwhile for those involved in EU programs to change their plans”.

”How to deal with a non-contractual situation is negotiated between the remaining EU countries. In practice, it would be necessary to agree on how the ongoing projects or exchanges will be interrupted or completed in a controlled manner”, says CIMO.

The British perspective is that “under the terms of the Withdrawal Agreement UK organisations’ eligibility to apply for Erasmus+ funds during this period will remain unchanged for the duration of projects under the current programme. On this basis, the UK Government encourages UK organisations to continue to bid for Erasmus+ funding.”

BTW, if you are preparing an application for Erasmus+ Call 2019, the deadline 5 February 2019, subscribe Euneos’ Support documents. Winning applications can be written with aid of our support docs updated to the new online form of the Call 2029. Order them in http://www.euneosmedia.com .

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European Development Plan – is there one?

I am asked to formulate the European Development Plan of my organisation when I am applying for Erasmus+ Call 2019. What is this Plan?


It must be some predefined concept of a plan, I think, as all words start with capital letters. But when I read more I notice that there is no such concept, no master plan for Erasmus+ projects.

So, what I need to do when applying is to inform more profoundly what my school or institution is going to do in the field of education.

The school education in Finland follows Curriculum 2016, the national plan for schools. In addition, the municipalities and finally the schools write curricula which accord to the national curriculum respectively.

Fortunately, I have paragraphs written in the curriculum of my school which constitute our “European Development Plan”.

Filling in the application form I am then asked to “define specific objectives of your project and to explicitly link them with the broader goals of your European Development Plan”.

This means, in practical terms, that National Agencies will see my application in a double lighting, both as a project with certain activities and, at the same time, as part of the plan how we are going to proceed in education as a school/institution.

Therefore I try to make it clear that my project and its activities base on the European Development Plan, i.e. on the paragraphs which our curriculum includes concerning longer-term goals and needs of my school, not on any other master plan.

I was born in Finland, educated in Finland and working in schools I learned to know the curricula of the Finnish schools, updated in a certain period of years.

What might be the version of others about a European Development Plan? I have really no idea what teaching, studying and learning around Europe is like.

If you like to know education in Finland and Estonia, the top performers of school education in Europe, you’d better apply for Erasmus+ KA1 Original Best Practices Benchmarking courses.

By the way, Euneos, the Finnish course provider, delivers support documents for writing winning applications. Support docs are updated to the new online form of Erasmus+ Call 2019. Subscribe in http://www.euneosmedia.com

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France leaps as provider of Erasmus+ courses

The sky seems to be the limit to new Erasmus+ KA1 courses offered in School Education Gateway SEG. There are 3152 courses on the tray of SEG now, 14th December 2018. The growth in one month only has been 9 %.

Of course, numerous sessions of the same course multiply the offer.

Spain continues as the leader of supply with 537 courses. The increase of one month is 7 %. The second one is the UK with 464 courses. The growth is 5 %, a little lower than in Spain.

Then come Italy with 337 and Greece with 299 courses. Italy indicates no change, but the growth in Greece is rapid, about 14 %.

There are still two countries of South Europe showing quite high numbers: Portugal 185 and Malta 138. However, the rate of growth has been moderate, 6 % in Portugal and 2 % in Malta.

The biggest surprise is certainly France, where the rise of Erasmus+ courses offered is as much as 50 %. Providers may have found the country only now. There are 105 courses to be organised in France according to SEG.

So France has bypassed many other countries in the last month, even Germany where 103 courses are offered. The offer has grown 16 % in Germany.

Czech Republic and Finland, both 102, come next. The growth in Czech Republic has been the biggest of all, 56 %.

Mediterranean highflyers are also Cyprus, 99, and Croatia, 85, with growth rates respectively 10 % and 37 %.

The Mediterranean countries are the winners with 1854 courses offered in SEG. All other countries have to do with 1298 courses. The share of the UK is 464 in that number. So, the countries in the Middle and North Europe only represent the offer of 834 courses.

There are only 356 courses offered in the countries of the Baltic Sea including Finland, the Baltic countries, Poland, Germany and Scandinavia.

Is education in the North at a lower standard than in the South? Looking at the numbers of Erasmus+ KA1 courses in School Education Gateway one might think so.

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Britain down – Spain up, Finland too

The number of Erasmus + KA1 courses offered in the UK has fallen by 16.3 per cent this year. Spain has become a leader in the number of those courses.

Now, the 20th of November 2018, Spain has 502 and England 442 courses to offer.

Like Spain, other South European countries have also increased the supply of Erasmus+ KA1 courses. There are 338 courses in Italy, 263 in Greece, 174 in Portugal and 135 in Malta.

Surprisingly, the northernmost country in the EU is the next one in order. The number of 95 courses puts Finland to the 7th place. So, Finland has overtaken Cyprus, 90, and Germany, 89 courses.

A teacher or a principal with Erasmus+ funding will bring an average of about EUR 2,000 with him or her to a course. Support is paid to the school as a lump sum. The EU has set fixed rates for travel, subsistence and course fee. In addition, the sending school always gets 350 euros per go.

Those who benefit from the money are airlines, hotels, course providers and schools themselves. Their shares vary. The share of the training providers can be 25-30% of total support.

The total amount of money for Spain can be estimated at EUR 15-20 million, provided that most Erasmus + courses in Spain are implemented. The corresponding sum in Finland may be 1-2 million euros. The biggest beneficiaries in Finland are the airline Finnair and hotels.

There is not much interest in Finland itself in providing Erasmus+ courses. There are few domestic providers. According to the information of School Education Gateway there are only two Finnish micro enterprises, two or three business units of Finnish universities and one Finnish free agent active in this branch.

Most Erasmus+ course providers in Finland come from abroad. Why is that?

First, Erasmus+ funding can compensate the course fee up € 70 per participant per day. Schools don’t want to pay more than what they get compensated by their grant. Therefore, many providers charge € 490 for a 7-day course, for example.

In-service training in Finland costs a lot more. A 1-day course may cost € 490 per customer. It’s seen only moderate if a trainer charges € 1000 per day for his or her training. So, high costs are the first obstacle for the provider who tries to make an affordable budget for providing an Erasmus+ KA1 course.

Another obstacle is the VAT. The taxman charges 24% VAT on course fees in Finland. Of course, a company can afford VAT 24% if it has purchases eligible for VAT accordingly. But VAT is an additional cost for a course provider who is selling services for schools and does not buy goods.

For obvious reasons, most providers of in-service training are doubtful about taking such risks.

The third reason of hesitation can be the market itself. I think there is too much uncertainty and confidence tricks that may confuse the sound and solid provider.

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