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Sectors: Education - Training, Research, Youth

Beneficiaries: Development NGOs, Local and Regional authorities, Non-profit organisations, Research centres, Schools, SMEs, Universities

Regions: Africa-Carribean-Pacific, Asia, Balkans, Candidate countries, European Union, Latin America, Mediterranean countries, New Independant States

Category: Call for proposals


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Additional info regions:

Partner Countries from regions 1 to 4, and 6 to 11. See part A of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide for further information


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Responsible: European Commission


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Erasmus + – Key action 2 – Capacity building in the field of higher education – 2020
Funds for: supporting the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in Partner Countries

Priorities and funded actions:

* To contribute to the development of sustainable and inclusive socio-economic growth in Partner Countries; 
* To ensure development and EU external actions objectives and principles, including national ownership, social cohesion, equity, proper geographical balance and diversity;
* To support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management and governance;
* To contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
* To promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
* To promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding

* To improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society;
* To improve the level of competences and skills in HEIs by developing new and innovative education programmes; 
* To enhance the management, governance and innovation capacities, as well as the internationalisation of HEIs;
* To increase the capacities of national authorities to modernise their higher education systems, by supporting to the definition, implementation and monitoring of reform policies;
* To foster regional integration and cooperation across different regions of the world through joint initiatives, sharing of good practices and cooperation;

* For joint projects:
– Producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project; 
– Curriculum development;
– Modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs;
– Strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment;

* For structural projects
– Producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries;
– Modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
– Strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment

Among financed actions

* For joint projects
– Curricula, courses, learning materials and tools;
– Learning and teaching methodologies and pedagogical approaches;
– New forms of practical training schemes and study of real-life cases in business and industry;
– University-enterprise cooperation and business start-ups;
– New forms of learning and providing education and training;
– Virtual mobility, open educational resources;
– Guidance, counselling and coaching methods and tools;
– Tools and methods for professionalization and professional development of academic and administrative staff;
– Quality assurance at programme and institution levelnew governance and management systems and structures;
– Modern university services e.g. for financial management, international relations, student counselling and guidance, academic affairs and research;
– Strengthening of the internationalisation of HEI and capacity to network effectively in research, scientific and technological innovation;
– Upgrading of facilities;
– Staff trainings;

* For structural projects
– Strengthening the internationalisation of higher education systems;
– Implementing transparency tools such as credit systems, accreditation procedures, guidelines for the recognition of prior and non-formal learning etc;
– Establishment of National Qualification Frameworks;
– Development and implementation of internal and external quality assurance systems/guidelines;
– New approaches and tools for policy making and monitoring;
– Strengthening the integration of education, research and innovation;
– Surveys and studies on specific reform issues;
– Policy and expert advice;
– Conferences, seminars, workshops, round table;
– Staff trainings on policy issues;
– Awareness-raising campaigns

Additional information
* This call for proposals is an open call for proposals

* Initial duration of the action: 24 or 36 months

* Eligibility:
– Be either: a higher education institution, an association or organisation of higher education institutions, or for Structural Projects only a legally recognized national or international rector, teacher or student organisation;
– Be established in a Programme or in an eligible Partner Country;
– Include at least as many Partner Country HEIs as there are Programme Country HEIs
– For projects addressing one Partner Country
> Involve at least one eligible Partner Country and at least two Programme Countries;
> Involve minimum one HEI from at least two of the Programme Countries taking part in the project; 
> Involve minimum three HEIs from the Partner Country taking part in the project;
– For projects addressing two or more Partner Countries
> Involve at least two eligible Partner Countries and at least two Programme Countries;
> Involve minimum one HEI from at least two of the Programme Countries taking part in the project; > Involve minimum two HEIs from each Partner Country taking part in the project
– For structural projects only: 
> Involve, as full partners, the Ministries respon-sible for higher education in each of the eligible Partner Countries targeted by the project;
> Syria may not benefit from Structural Projects;
– Additional specific criteria
> Projects involving partners from Region 4 (Russian Federation) must involve at least another Partner Country; 
> Projects involving partners from Region 8 (Latin America), must involve at least two Partner Countries from that region in the project
– Actions must take place in partner countries