Strategic partnerships are an Erasmus+ project format. They enable institutions in school education, vocational education and training, higher education, adult education, and extracurricular youth work to cooperate with partners from Europe. The partnerships foster the development of innovative approaches to education and the exchange of knowledge and experience in international networks. This benefits Switzerland’s educational landscape.

What are the aims of strategic partnerships?

Strategic partnerships facilitate European cooperation at all levels of education and in extracurricular youth work. The institutions involved work together to develop innovative concepts, methods and instruments, share good practices and utilise synergies. This helps improve quality and strengthen international networks.  

What different project types are there?

Two project types are supported (Erasmus+ programme guide):

Strategic partnerships supporting innovation
These partnerships focus on the development and dissemination of innovative products, such as approaches to teaching, methods and instruments. The products are referred to as intellectual outputs.

These types of projects are open to all education levels and extracurricular youth work. Cross-sectoral projects are also possible.

Strategic partnerships supporting the exchange of good practices
These types of projects promote the exchange of ideas, methods and practices; develop and reinforce networks; and increase the capacity of institutions to operate at transnational level.

These types of projects are open to institutions in school education, vocational education and training, adult education and youth work. Cross-sectoral projects between these areas are also possible. 

For the format “Transnational youth initiatives” the same conditions apply as for Strategic partnerships for the exchange of good practices. The distinctive feature of this format of Strategic Partnerships is that a Youth Initiative is initiated, set up and carried out by young people themselves. 

How are strategic partnerships funded?

Cooperation projects are generally funded through lump-sum grants for specific budget items. The subsidy amount depends on the project duration, the planned activities and the project type. You’ll find precise details in the overview of grants.

How long does a strategic partnership last?

  • School education, vocational education and training, adult education: between 12 and 36 months
  • Higher education: between 24 and 36 months
  • Extracurricular youth work: between 6 and 36 months

Who can participate in strategic partnerships?

Educational institutions, non-profit organisations/NGOs, associations, public bodies and cultural institutions can participate in strategic partnerships. Institutions based in Switzerland have two participation options.

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