Erasmus+ grants for non-European mobility

A4U partnered with leading universities in Russia, South Africa, India, Iran and  Indonesia to fund staff and student exchange between them and universities members of A4U through Erasmus+ programme.

Erasmus+ is a European programme that extends the Erasmus scheme to countries beyond Europe. This means that European students can go for a study period to non-European universities and vice versa, non-European students can come for exchange to European universities. Teaching and administrative staff can also carry out mobilities.

In 2015 A4U started Erasmus+ exchange with leading universities in Russia and South Africa and since then awarded 40 grants for mobility with South Africa and 107 grants for mobility with Russia.

In 2018 partner universities from Iran, Indian and Indonesia joined A4U Erasmus+ mobility programme. It is expected that during 2018 and 2019 14 mobilities will take place between Spain and Iran, 15 between Spain and India, and 22 between Spain and Indonesia. Student and staff exchange with Russia and South Africa will also continue.

Bachelor students, PhD students and staff from A4U universities and partner universities in these countries can apply. The programme is open to all subject areas. Erasmus+ grant covers maintenance and travel expenses for a minimum of 3 months up to a maximum of 5 months for students, and for 7 days for staff.

As per Erasmus+ requirement, the study abroad period is recognised by the sending university, and the obtained credits appear in the student’s academic record. Staff deliver 8 hours of teaching or receive training during their stay and use it to start or consolidate cooperation with the partner institution.

Universities that take part in A4U Erasmus+ programme are:

Spain: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), New Economic School, Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russian State University for the Humanities, North-West Institute of Management, Branch of RANEPA (St. Petersburg), St. Petersburg University of Information Technologies, Mechanics and Optics (ITMO), St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Southern Federal University.

South Africa: University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, University of the Free State.

Iran: University of Tehran, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Amirkabir University of Technology.

India: Indian Institute of Science of Bangalore, Symbiosis International University Pune, Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi, St. Xavier’s College Mumbai, Jaypee Institute of Information Technologies, Indian Institute of Technology of Delhi, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay.

Indonesia: Universitas Indonesia, Institute of Technology of Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Airlangga, BINUS University, Telkom University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.

It is expected that as a result of this exchange programme all participating universities:

  • Help mobility participants enhance their professional, social and intercultural capabilities, as well as employability;
  • Create links for cooperation in teaching and research;
  • Increase the number of international students and staff, which contributes to their internationalisation;
  • Attract talent and improve their international outreach.

In the future A4U intends to continue applying for Erasmus+ funds to ensure the sustainability of this mobility programme. More information is available on


The IUNE Observatory evaluates the research conducted at Spanish universities between 2005 and 2014

The A4U outperformed the university system as a whole, especially in terms of competitiveness and quality, output and the visibility of publications

The IUNE Observatory has published a report on the research conducted at Spanish universities between 2005 and 2014. The report measures various parameters, such as scientific output (number of papers by university, region and subject area), scientific collaboration (national and international), impact (citations by university and professor), visibility (papers published in first-quartile journals), recognition of teaching staff (based on the number of six-year productivity bonuses, or sexenios, awarded), technological innovation (measured with indicators such as the number of patents and spin-offs), competitiveness (Spanish and European competitive projects), and talent recruitment and training capacity (linked to the number of dissertations defended or Ramon y Cajal, Juan de la Cierva, research internship (FPI) and university internship (FPU) grants received).


The A4U excels in all the parameters measured. The Alliance accounted for 17% of all research output, despite having only 6% of the Spanish university system’s teaching staff. Indeed, according to Professor Elías Sanz, the coordinator of the IUNE Observatory project, at the international level, ‘The A4U’s joint output outstripped that of institutions such as the universities of Munich, Copenhagen, Pierre & Marie Curie or Bologna.’


Similarly, according to the report, the A4U accounted for 20% of the university’s system’s national collaborative output, 5% more than the system average. The quality and visibility of the output also bear witness to the Alliance’s potential, as together the partner universities account for 19% of the papers published in journals in the first quartile and 20% of the system’s ‘Top 3’ papers. Finally, the report highlights competitiveness as one of the key strengths of the A4U, which accounted for 17% of the system’s Framework and Horizon 2020 programmes and averaged 3.3 projects per 100 teachers, compared to 0.56 for the system as a whole.

YERUN y REBIUN, represented in the European Commission’s High-Level Advisory Group on Open Science

uring the past 27 May Competitiveness Council of the EU, Commissioner for Research, Science and Innovation, Carlos Moedas, announced the 25 members of the High-Level Advisory Group Open Science Policy Platform that will provide advice about the development and implementation of open science policy in Europe.

Dr. Eva Méndez Rodríguez, Deputy Vice President for Strategy and Digital Education at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M) has been nominated as one of themembersof the Platform and will represent the interests of YERUN (Young European Research Universities Network), as well as of REBIUN (Network of Spanish University Libraries, CRUE).

The mandate of the Platform will be to:

· Advise the Commission on how to further develop and practically implement open science policy, in line with the priority of Commissioner Moedas to radically improve the quality and impact of European science

· Function as a dynamic, stakeholder-driven mechanism for bringing up and addressing issues of concern for the European science and research community and its representative organisations, following five broad lines for actions which are presented in thedraft European Open Science Agenda

· Support policy formulation by helping to identify the issues to be addressed and providing recommendations on the policy actions required

· Support policy implementation, contributing to reviewing best practices, drawing policy guidelines and encouraging their active uptake by stakeholders

· Provide advice and recommendations on any cross-cutting issue affecting Open Science

Regarding the type of organisations represented, the following categories feature:

· Universities

· Research organisations

· Academies of Science/ Learned Societies

· Funding Organisations

· Citizen Science Organisations

· Publishers

· Open Science Platforms/ Intermediaries

· Libraries

Open Science is one one of the three priorities of Carlos Moedas’ mandate Open Science, Open Innovation, Open to the WorldOne of the concrete actions refers to the development of the European Open Science Cloud, presented on 19 April, as part of the Digital Single Market.