Erasmus Mundus II – Action 2 Partnerships

Promotes cooperation between higher education institutions through encouraging partnerships, mobility and exchanges of students, researchers and academic staff

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (East) Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia (South)

Timeframe: 2009-2010

Budget: € 29 million

The Erasmus Mundus II - Action 2 Partnerships seeks to promote better understanding and mutual enrichment between the EU and third countries and in the medium term strengthens political, cultural, educational and economic links.
What does it do?
It is a cooperation and mobility scheme funding partnerships between EU and Third-Countries in the field of higher education, through grants, that is complementary to other EU-funded higher education initiatives. Its target groups, comprise students and academic staff from the EU and the Third-Countries' nationals, with particular attention  to those in vulnerable situation (eg. refugees, asylum seekers).
The programme enhances the international cooperation capacity of universities in third countries, while promoting cooperation between institutions. It offers talented students, especially from vulnerable groups, an opportunity to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally by pursuing academic studies in another country and promotes EU values. Furthermore, it improves the transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications..

It was launched by Europe Aid in 2006 and it is implemented through the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture.    

It follows on from Erasmus Mundus – External cooperation window

Actions in brief

  • Facilitates the mobility of students and academic staff through an exchange programme;
  • Encourages partnerships and cooperation between European universities and those from the Neighbourhood countries;
  • Enhances the role of the higher education sector by exchanging knowledge, skills and expertise;
  • Offers unique opportunities to citizens in partner countries to gain new cultural and educational experiences.
  • Paves the way to the international recognition of studies and qualifications;
  • Strengthens the international cooperation capacity of universities in partner countries.

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