EU and Mongolia celebrate 25th anniversary of cooperation

September 8, 2014

Hat: It's now time to stock of relations between the EU and Mongolia

Funding Scheme: 2014-09-05

Pgm2014 2020: Yes


Androulla Vassilou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, is paying a official visit to Mongolia where she is meeting the Mongolian leadership from  the 7th to the 9th September.


The first objectives of these meeting is about to increase the cooperation in the areas under the commissioner ; Secondly, Mongolian leadership and M. Androulla Vassilou will think of how extend the scope of this cooperation.

During her talks with Mongolian leaders, the Commissioner is expected to underline the main objective of the PCA – to strengthen, promote and expand EU-Mongolia relations. Particular focus will be placed on the opportunities offered to Mongolian students and researchers through Erasmus+, the EU’s new programme for education, training, youth and sport, and from the Marie Skłodowska Curie Actions, under the Horizon 2020 programme.

Key facts and milestones
The European Union and Mongolia launched bilateral relations in 1989. The Partnership and Cooperation Agreement was signed in 2013. There is no formal dialogue between the EU and Mongolia in the people-to-people area. However Mongolia has participated in EU academic and research international cooperation and exchange programmes, notably:
* Five Mongolian institutions (Mongolian University of Science and Technology; Mongolian State University of Agriculture; Health Sciences University of Mongolia; National University of Mongolia; Institute of Finance and Economics) have participated in Erasmus Mundus projects. The first two institutions participated in two projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of European higher education in the world: ‘ISEKI‘_(on internationalisation and sustainability of food networks) and ‘AskAsia‘ (on agriculture, skills, knowledge in Asia: competences and employability).

* 16 Mongolian students and 2 doctoral candidates have been selected to follow an Erasmus Mundus joint masters or PhD programme in the period 2004-2013.

* Exchanges involving 227 Mongolians have taken place, or are envisaged, under Erasmus Mundus partnerships in the period 2007-2016.

So far only one Mongolian researcher has benefited from a Marie Curie fellowship, but this number is set to increase in the future as the programme becomes better known among Mongolian academics.

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