Erasmus Mundus II – Action 2 Partnerships

Promote cooperation between higher education institutions through partnerships, mobility and exchanges of students, researchers and academic staff (with scholarships).

Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Russia, Ukraine (East) Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Occupied Palestinian Territory, Syria, Tunisia (South), as well as partnerships across the whole world

Timeframe: 2007-2013

Budget: (ENPI countries): € 254 million 2007-2012; € 70 million 2013


Erasmus Mundus II - Action 2 Partnerships seek to promote better understanding and mutual enrichment between the EU and third countries and - in the medium term - strengthen political, cultural, educational and economic links.
What does it do?
It is a cooperation and mobility scheme funding university partnerships between EU and third countries through grants. It is complementary to other EU-funded higher education initiatives. Its target groups comprise students and academic staff from the EU and third countries, with particular attention  to those in vulnerable situations (e.g. 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

  • Encourages partnerships and cooperation between European universities and those from the Neighbourhood countries;
  • Facilitates the mobility of students and academic staff through an exchange programme;
  • 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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