Our 2021-2027 Erasmus+ strategy - Bordeaux Montaigne University v1.2

Our 2021-2027 Erasmus+ strategy

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The Erasmus+ program for Higher Education is instrumental to achieving a European Higher Education Area in pursuit of the following objectives:

  • Raising qualification levels to train the graduates and researchers Europe needs
  • Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
  • Supporting mobility and transnational cooperation
  • Helping activate the triangle of knowledge: linking higher education, research and business to foster excellence and regional development
  • Improving governance and funding

The program promotes European and international mobility for students (for periods of study or work placement), as well as teaching and non-teaching staff, through 3 key actions :

  • Key Action 1 (KA1) - Mobility of individuals
  • Key Action 2 (KA2) - Cooperation between organizations and institutions
  • Key Action 3 (KA3) - Support for policy reform in development and cooperation

Bordeaux Montaigne University takes an active part in this program and is committed to implementing the provisions laid out in the Erasmus+ Charter granted by the European Commission for the 2021-2027 period, and in its Erasmus+ strategy statement, whose key points are listed below.


Our commitments under the Erasmus+ Charter 2021-2027

Our perspective on internationalization

Given our commitment to democratic values and the essential role of internationalization in defining an institution’s strategy, we are committed to taking an active part in building a European space for education and research. While traditional cooperation has been strong for several years, structured partnerships and European alliances are now the way forward to ensure the high standard of training and research activities.

Internationalization is also an opportunity for our institution: it supports the professional development of our students, allows us to build partnerships with socio-economic stakeholders and helps us modernize the inner working of our institution by exposing it to other teaching methods and practices in terms of research, governance and management.

Finally, internationalization allows our institution to stay open to the world, to be more welcoming and inclusive, as well as more attractive, by being sensitive to the diversity of geographic and cultural areas.


Our objectives for 2021-2027

Under the new program established by the European Union and implemented by the French Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, Bordeaux Montaigne University has set the following objectives:

  • Increasing, recognizing and valuing student and staff mobility, including mixed mobility (which involves virtual activities coupled with a physical mobility)
  • Internationalizing our courses further by offering new integrated study programs at postgraduate level as well as bilingual courses, including an extended offer of courses taught in a foreign language
  • Strengthening strategic partnerships and collaborating on a sustainable strategy based on the tools provided by Europe, as well as the Nouvelle-Aquitaine region and the network of embassies
  • Developing a local policy to improve the international and modern dimension of our departments and research units (training and research activities, governance, management)


Europe and Africa, two strategic regions for the University

Bordeaux Montaigne University’s geopolitical focus in terms of international mobility and cooperation includes English-speaking countries due to high demand and French-speaking countries due to shared history and linguistics, as well as other regions of the world for reasons of strategic positioning. However, two regions remain a priority for the university: Europe and Africa.

In Europe, the majority of cooperation and mobility initiatives are based on the Erasmus + program for obvious reasons: geographic proximity, shared cultural values, free movement of people within the European Area, easy transposition of grades from one education system to another via ECTS credits and substantial financial support.

As for partnerships with Africa, they are part of a strategy to promote the French-speaking world, to which Bordeaux Montaigne University is particularly attached for historical and linguistic reasons. In this regard, the DEFLE (Department of French as a Foreign Language) plays an essential role in all initiatives designed to teach and promote the French language.


A collaborative internationalization effort

In the years to come, the International Relations Department’s activity will rely on the in-depth analysis of existing partnerships, which will be undertaken together with the University’s various departments and partners.

The International Relations Department will pursue its efforts to make Bordeaux Montaigne University’s international activities more efficient: improving mobility services for students and staff, while at the same time new projects and increasing the  University’s expertise in developing and implementing international activities.

Key Action KA1 will be the foundation of our strategy for international cooperation. Therefore, the existing synergy we have with European partners will continue to support the implementation of new and more ambitious cooperation initiatives under key Action KA2 (Cooperation between organizations and institutions) and KA3 (Support for policy reform in development and cooperation).

Under this new 2021-2027 program, the process of internationalization and modernization of Bordeaux Montaigne University will intensify and involve our entire academic community.


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