In 1998, Estonia joined the European Union SOCRATES programme, more specifically, the Socrates university programme Erasmus for student and lecturer exchange, various university research projects and the introduction of transferable subject points (ECTS) in Estonian universities.
From 2007 to 2014 the programme was called LLP ERASMUS (Lifelong Learning). Since 2014 it has been known as ERASMUS+.
Erasmus Policy Statement
Internationalisation as such holds high relevance in the strategic agenda of the EAMT and is also stressed as one of the key elements in the Development Plan of the Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre for 2015-2020.
EAMT develops cooperation with other universities, professional networks and organisation in Estonia and abroad, supports the mobility of students and academic staff, and is an active participant in the education programmes of the European Union and the Nordic countries.
The vision of the academy states the following: The Estonian Academy of Music and Theatre is a recognised and attractive educational and cultural centre and an exponent of national cultural traditions that actively develops international cooperation and is open to new and interdisciplinary study programmes, creative ideas and research projects.
EAMT encourages learning from international experience. Even though EAMT’s mobility indicators are quite good, participation in student and staff exchange programmes has not become a generally accepted norm in the Academy. The goal is to maximise the number of Academy members who are able to benefit from international communication and international experiences.
The Academy shall:
•promote the international mobility of students and teaching staff;
•support students’ participation in international competitions and in international cooperation and research projects;
•invite foreign top-level musicians, actors, stage directors and prominent teachers, cultural administrators and cultural politicians to contribute to its educational efforts;
•develop an international learning environment in the Academy, facilitating professional and extracurricular communication between local and foreign students
The Academy has a high number of partnership agreements with prominent and leading theatre and music HEI-s throughout Europe. The aim is to provide our students and stuff the best possibilities for professional and self development in the area of music and theatre. For this very reason, the Academy sees the possibilities provided by the Erasmus+ programme as one of the most relevant tools for reaching its’ strategic goals.