The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the quality framework for Erasmus+ funded activities carried out by Higher Education Institutions (HEIs). The aims of Erasmus+ support the European modernisation and internationalisation agendas in higher education, in particular the quality of student and staff mobility. By signing the ECHE, an HEI confirms that its participation in Erasmus+ is part of its own strategy for modernisation and internationalisation.
In order to participate in Erasmus+ projects, HEIs such as universities and other organisations whose core work is in the field of higher education must hold the ECHE. This includes HEIs from Programme Countries participating as funded partners in Erasmus+ projects. If you wish to discuss whether this applies to your organisation, you can contact us. You can see the current list of ECHE holders on the European Commission's Executive Agency's website.
Who can apply?
All types of HEI can apply for the ECHE, regardless of their academic disciplines and the levels of higher education on offer (up to and including doctorates). This includes post-secondary level vocational education institutions and those offering courses at foundation/HND level or above.
However, it is an eligibility requirement for universities and other organisations whose core work is in the field of higher education to hold the ECHE in order to participate in Erasmus+.
How to apply
A Call for Proposals for the award of the ECHE is held annually. The ECHE is awarded for the full remaining duration of the Erasmus+ programme (i.e. until 2020), so HEIs that already hold the ECHE do not need to re-apply each year.
The deadline to apply for the ECHE Call for Proposals is 31 March 2017, 11am UK time. Please note that applications are dealt with by the Executive Agency, not the UK National Agency.
The final decision on the award of the ECHE, or rejection of an application, is taken by the European Commission on the basis of the recommendations of the ECHE Evaluation Committee (a panel comprising European Commission and Executive Agency officials).
More information is on the Executive Agency's website.