In this project, five European higher education institutions collaborated with the European University Foundation (EUF) to develop a framework that gives a comprehensive overview of competences that are relevant for staff members in Higher Education who play a pivotal role in the implementation of their institutions’ internationalisation strategies and in enabling student mobility, especially in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme.

Over the years, the number of students who do part of study programmes abroad has increased exponentially. In response, Higher Education institutions (HEIs) have set up organisational units that support this type of activity and have attracted staff members who are expected to have or develop the competences to ensure that the qualitative and quantitative mobility targets of their institutions are met.

But what are the competences that these staff members need to do their jobs well? Many HEIs struggle with the recruitment of new staff members and/or with the continuous professional development that staff members need to remain equipped to function well in the dynamic world of student mobility.

The Framework for Erasmus+ Staff Competences outlines the competences (knowledge, skills and attitude) that are relevant for staff members who have one or more tasks in supporting student mobility. It is intended as a frame of reference and a shared language that can be helpful in the recruitment of new staff members and/or in the planning of professional development of current staff members. The framework thus hopes to contribute to the quality of international student mobility in Higher Education and to the emancipation of the work in international relations.

The framework gives guidelines for proficiency of staff members in the English language. This is not to suggest that other languages, including the language of the home country, are not important. It is, however, to highlight that English language is a must. 

The level of language skills has been defined with the use of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Click on the button below for more details.

For the description of the Digital Skills, The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (2.0 and 2.1) has been used as a source of information and inspiration. Click on the button below for details.