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External Cooperation Window Erasmus Mundus Helsinki November 2007 Aurora Iglesias Ortego Social and Human Development and Migration Quality Support in Education Sector

Main Objective : 

Main Objective Mutual enrichment and better understanding between the European Union and partner countries, through the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level.

Specific objectives: 

Specific objectives Enhance international cooperation capacity of third-country universities; Enrich educational & cultural environment in HEIs; Contribute to the development of a pool of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced youth capable of meeting the challenges of global economy: Improve transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications - implementation of Common Areas of Higher Education; Enhance Higher Education staff skills and qualifications building their capacities to contribute to improvement of Higher Education systems in third countries; Increase administration and public and private sector’s capacities by offering their staff mobility activities; Enhance the EU-Third-country political, cultural, educational and economic links; Provide students from vulnerable groups with further education and career development empowering them for leadership;

Geographical scope of call for proposals 2007: 

Geographical scope of call for proposals 2007 Neighbouring countries in South Mediterranean and Eastern Europe (Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Palestinian Territories, Jordan, Syria, Lebanon, Russia, Georgia, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus), Central Asian Republics (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan) East of Jordan (Yemen, Iran, Iraq)

Geographical scope of call for proposals 2007: 

Geographical scope of call for proposals 2007 India and Asia regional: (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Nepal, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Myanmar, Maldives, Mongolia, Vietnam, Laos, plus some optional countries: Sri Lanka, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, China and North Korea ) Latin America: (Brazil, Chile, Mexico) Africa-Caribbean- Pacific countries: (76 countries in 6 areas: Central Africa, Eastern and Southern Africa, Southern Africa, Western Africa, Caribbean and Pacific) Western Balkan Region: (Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, former Yugoslavian Republic of Macedonia, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia)


Partnerships Applicants: European HEI (holding an Erasmus Charter) or Association/network of European HEI (including at least 10 HEI with an Erasmus Charter, located in at least 5 different European countries) Partners: Same as applicants + recognised HEI from the Third-Countries covered by the geographical lot Partnership: Minimum size: In principle, 5 European HEI (holding an Erasmus Charter) + 1 recognised HEI from each of the Third-Countries covered in the geographical lot (special requirements for some lots) Maximum size: 20 eligible partners (incl. the applicant) The same partnership can apply to 4 lots max (separate applications) Associates: Any type of organisation in the eligible countries whose involvement can contribute to the implementation of the mobility scheme

Operating mechanism: 

Operating mechanism STEP 1: Submission of proposals to the Executive Agency (before January 31, 2008) STEP 2: Selection of mixed consortia by Executive Agency Minimum consortium: 5 European universities from 3 MS + 1 3C university Special requirements (under discussion): Lot 7 ( Iran, Iraq, Yemen) : 1 university in at least 2 of the partner countries in the lot Lot 9 ( Kyrgyzstan, Turkmenistan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan) and lot 17 (Western Balkans) : 1 university in at least 3 of the partner countries in the lot. Lots 10, 11 and 12 (Asia Regional): at least 1 university per each country in the corresponding lot and at least 1 university in one optional country Lot 14: five Chilean universities, 1 from the northern regions and 1 from the southern regions Lot 15: At least 1 university from 1 of the 10 least developed states listed in the call Lot 16: 3 Brazilian universities of which 2 federal ones Lot 16 : (ACP) at least 1 university from at least 5 of the ACP areas included in the lot Selected consortia will be given a partnership framework agreement and a specific grant contract

Operating mechanism: 

Operating mechanism STEP 3: Selection of students & academic staff by the consortia of universities through transparent mechanisms (up to December 2008) STEP 4: Start of students & academic staff mobility by 1st April 2009 at the latest. Mobility can start at the earliest 1 Sept 2008

EM ECW Target groups: 

EM ECW Target groups GROUP 1: Students and academic staff registered in a HEI member of the applicant partnership Target Group 1 must represent at least 50% of the total mobility European mobility is limited to a maximum of 30% of the total mobility GROUP 2: Nationals of an eligible third country, enrolled in (or having obtained a university degree from) a HEI of these countries non- member of the applicant partnership GROUP 3: Nationals of an eligible third country in a particularly vulnerable situation (e.g. refugees, asylum seekers, etc.)

Type of scholarships per group: 

Type of scholarships per group

Funding Available: 

Funding Available Overall indicative amount : ≈ 86 million Euros Financing for consortia: from 1 to 9,6 million Euros: Organisation of mobility: 10,000€ per university Scholarships: travel, living allowance, full insurance, fees (limited or Erasmus fee waiver) Undergraduate scholarship: Group I (max. 13,675€) Group III ( max. 45,550€) Master scholarship: Max. 30,650€ Doctorate scholarship: Max. 64,050€ Post doctorate scholarship: Max. 23,750 Academic staff fellowship: Max. 7,725€

Results so far: 

Results so far A European Scholarship Scheme to increase links with partner countries combining the institution-based mobility of Erasmus and free mobility opportunities of Fulbright and complementary to the existing Erasmus Mundus master scholarships. Minimum 1,315 students and staff will receive a scholarship to study, train or carry research abroad Mobility in priority fields according to national/ regional needs (from 2007 call, agreed with partner countries). Cooperation with high quality European institutions with extensive experience ( Erasmus Charter) and on credit recognition. Improved cultural understanding & respect for diversity

More information?: 

More information? Web site for the call: Mail-box for questions:

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