The ERASMUS Programme does not only cater to students and teachers in higher education institutions. Since 2007 the scope of staff mobility has expanded to non-teaching staff of institutions and visiting lecturers from the business sector to bring more European and business experience to the campuses. In the academic year 2007/2008 some 27 200 lecturers from institutions and enterprises taught abroad and 5 000 staff from institutions received training abroad in one of the 31 participating countries.Specifically, ERASMUS offers the following programme action lines for the staff members:
- Staff mobility for teaching for teachers of higher education institutions: Having teaching staff come from abroad enables the non-mobile students to benefit from new lectures, different pedagogical methods and perhaps from being taught in a foreign language. Benefits for the teachers include acquiring different perspectives, establishing new contacts and facilitating better academic networking. The mobility periods are quite short with an average of about one week. ERASMUS teachers may initiate new mobility and cooperation activities during their stay abroad.
- Staff mobility for teaching for enterprise staff: Visiting lecturers from the business sector teaching at an institution abroad provide fresh insights into the world of business to students. During their stay, they may set up exchanges with the partner institution for student placements and staff training as well as take part in cooperation projects or networks.
- Staff mobility for training: Teaching and other staff from higher education institutions, such as librarians, may go abroad to receive training in businesses and also at other institutions. The stay is an opportunity to stimulate further exchanges and cooperation.