Erasmus + is a non-profit program of the European Union, operating from 2014 to 2020, and aimed at supporting cooperation and exchange of students and teachers between universities of the countries of the European Union, such as Iceland, Liechtenstein, Macedonia, Norway, and Turkey. More than 4 thousand educational institutions from 33 countries participate in Erasmus +.
The name of the program came from the name of the Dutch philosopher Erasmus Rotterdam, who lived and worked in many European cities in order to broaden his horizons and gain new knowledge. At the same time, the word Erasmus is an acronym, which stands for “European Region Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students”.
The main objectives of the program are to improve the quality of education in Europe, the development of mobility and cultural ties of students from European and EU neighboring countries. The program allows students and teachers to undergo training, internship or teach in another country participating in the program.
Since 2007, the program has supported employment in foreign companies. Employers usually welcome the presence of Erasmus + in the candidate's resume. Since its launch in 1987, over 2.2 million students have become its members. It is planned that in 2020 every fifth European student will participate in the program.
Erasmus + student candidates are enrolled in the program on a competitive basis. Students must meet the following requirements:
to be students at least 2 years of study at their own university;
have a GPA above the level determined by the university;
be proficient in the language of instruction at the host university.
Student's home university selects a winner. Duration of training and internships range from 3 months to 1 year, in total - up to 2 years. Participation in the program is possible only once for the educational program and once for working practice. Erasmus + guarantees its members that the time spent abroad will be qualified by the university upon returning home.
Students do not pay tuition at the host university; all costs are borne by the European Union and the home university. Most students also receive a scholarship to cover living expenses abroad.
For many European students, participation in the Erasmus + program is the first opportunity to live and study abroad. As a result, the Erasmus experience is known as a cultural phenomenon. This is an opportunity not only to get additional education, but also to establish contact with peers from other countries.
APPLE (Erasmus +) project at Satbayev University
Under the Erasmus + program, universities implement such projects as the European APPLE (Erasmus +) project “Applied study program on space and intelligent robotic systems exploration”. There are 20 universities from Kazakhstan, France, Germany, Latvia, Estonia, Belgium, Russia, Belarus involved in this project. Its coordinator from the European Union is the Berlin Technical University. Satbayev University signed an agreement on participation in the project on October 15, 2016.
The project is designed to improve the quality of education and training of specialists - bachelors, masters, graduate students in the field of robotic systems and space exploration. Under the project, students have access to European curriculum developed in accordance with the modern requirements of the labor market, the Bologna process and best practices. The project offers internships lasting 1-2 weeks. Internships are funded entirely by the Erasmus + project.
The main goal of the project is the modernization of higher education in space exploration and the intellectual robotic system in the universities of Kazakhstan, as well as in the implementation of the applied educational program in accordance with the European modernization program. The project will be updated training programs, including B-Learning and M-Learning; existing laboratories will be also upgraded and new ones created.
- analysis of educational needs in the target area in accordance with market demand and current curriculum review;
- integration of a new applied educational program;
- introduction of interdisciplinary educational programs;
- development, implementation and accreditation of new practical courses, including ECTS;
- rapprochement of partner countries' universities with the labor market.
An substantial part of the project is the creation of a unique RoboLab laboratory based on the laboratories of the “Electronics, Telecommunications and Space Technologies” and “Robotics and Technical Automation equipment” departments. The laboratory is meant to improve the design of space and robotic systems through the introduction of computational methods and tools that include multidisciplinary analysis and optimization, probabilistic and reliable design methods. There are new equipment was purchased: monoblocks, 3D printer, 3D scanner, Smart board, which are installed in the RoboLab laboratory.
Project partner universities:
- Aerospace Committee (KazCosmos)
- Almaty University of Power Engineering and Telecommunication (Kazakhstan)
- ECM Space Technologies GmbH (Germany)
- Geoinformation systems (Belarus)
- Institute Thomas More (Belgium)
- Riga Technical University (Latvia)
- Small Satellites Center LLC (Russia)
- Tallinn University of Technology (Estonia)
- Technische Universität Berlin (Germany)
- Université Pierre et Marie Curie (France)
- Belarusian State University (Belarus)
- Belarusian State University of Informatics and Radioelectronics (Belarus)
- Belarusian National Technical University (Belarus)
- L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National University (Kazakhstan)
- Kazakh National Research Technical University (Kazakhstan)
- GlavKosmos (Russia)
- KazNU named after Al-Farabi (Kazakhstan)
- Ministry of Investment and Development (Kazakhstan)
- Ministry of Education and Science (Belarus)
- Ministry of Education and Science of the Republic of Kazakhstan
- Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation
- National Center for Space Research and Technology (Kazakhstan)
- St. Petersburg Polytechnic University (Russia)
- Siberian Federal University (Russia)
- Ural Federal University named after the first President of the Russian Federation
- South-West State University, Kursk (Russia)
For more effective implementation and updating of educational material, teachers and researchers have the opportunity to undergo an internship at leading European universities. The first internship took place in January 2018 in Michelin (Belgium) at the Thomas More University, which was attended by 3 teachers.
A month later, teachers at Thomas More University held workshops on “Introduction to VHDL programming, using Basys3 and Vivado” and “Entrepreneurship and effective communication” at Satbayev University. As part of the last master class, a competition of ideas for smart applications was held, and students of Satbayev University took the first place.
In July 2018, a training was held for teachers at the Marie Curie Institute (Sorbonne) in Paris. The teachers had the opportunity to consider the experience of the French University in the field of space research and robotics. They visited the LATMOS laboratories of the Atmospheres, ISIR laboratory (Robotics and Intelligent systems) and studied the engineering methodology for designing small spacecraft using software developed by the CNES French space agency.
The coordinator of the project from Satbayev University is the professor of the department “Electronics, Telecommunications and Space Technologies”, Doctor of Technical Sciences, Honored Tester of Space Technology of the Russian Federation Bagdat Temirgalievich Suymenbaev.
Thanks to his work on the application for participation in the Erasmus + project, the university was assigned a unique participant identification number (PIC), which will allow to continue to participate in Erasmus + projects. The duration of the project is 2016-2019.
The professors of Satbayev University can take part in the APPLE Erasmus + program with their projects. It is necessary to develop a project and submit an application for its implementation to the Erasmus + committee to participate in the program. Contact the program coordinator to seek an advice on submitting applications.
Erasmus + academic mobility programs
Under the Erasmus +, students can participate in short-term mobility programs that are carried out under bilateral mobility agreements between universities in different countries. Under these programs, students study in foreign universities for periods ranging from 3 to 12 months. Program participants receive a scholarship that covers transportation, visas, insurance and accommodation.
The main objectives of the short-term mobility program "Erasmus" is the improvement of the quality of education in Europe, the development of mobility and cultural ties of students in European and EU neighboring countries. Erasmus + provides a framework for cooperation to universities and guarantees its members that the time spent abroad will be qualified by the university upon returning home (within the conditionality of the program).
The European Commission defines the following program objectives:
to develop students in an educational, linguistic and cultural way through study in European countries;
expand cooperation between institutions and enrich the educational environment of host institutions;
promote the development of young people as highly qualified and open-minded future professionals with international experience.
Participation in the program is possible only once for the educational program and once for working practice.
Satbayev University annually sends students abroad under the Erasmus + program and increases the number of European partner universities, including the following universities:
- University of Beira Interior (Portugal)
- Polytechnic Institute of Coimbra (Portugal)
- Tallin University of Technology (Estonia)
- Lodz University of Technology (Poland)
- Bialystok University of Technology (Poland)
- Lublin University of Technology (Poland)
- Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava
- Anhalt University of Applied Sciences (Germany)
Employees and students interested in studying and practicing in foreign universities can contact the International Cooperation Division.
Erasmus + Program Information
Bagdat Temirgalievich Suymenbaev
APPLE Erasmus + Program Coordinator
+7 (707) 780 55 94
International Cooperation Division
9th floor, of. 903
+7 (727) 257 70 19