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EU Funding: Nominations for the 2010 European Youth Capital now open

Lundi 25 août 2008

European cities can announce their interest by outlining their plans for an ambitious one year programme empowering youth

Nominations need to be accompanied by a statement of support by an independent local or regional youth structure, or, if no local youth council exists, a relevant coalition of local youth NGOs. It is important that the commitment of young people to the application can be demonstrated from the start!

The deadline for applications is 20 September.

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EU Funding: “The right of the child to protection”: Commission launches competition open to all young people in the European Union

Jeudi 31 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants to support new local initiatives, pilot projects on human rights education

“The right of the child to protection” is the title of a competition launched today, 31 July 2008, by Jacques Barrot, Vice-President of the European Commission with responsibility for justice, freedom and security

European children and adolescents between the ages of 10 and 18 are invited to design a poster on the right of children to protection in the European Union. The aim of the competition is to ensure that these young European citizens are more aware of their right to protection and are better equipped to defend it.

Those wishing to take part in the competition will have to design a poster illustrating the idea of their right to their own protection in the EU. Participants will be divided into two age categories (10-14 and 15-18) and must work in groups of at least four.

The entries will be judged first at national level, and prizes will be awarded to the three best teams in each age category at ceremonies to be held in each country on 20 November, International Children’s Rights Day.

The winners of the first prize in the national competition will compete in a second round at European level. The three top teams in each age group will be invited to visit Brussels from 7 to 9 December for a tour of the city and the European institutions and to attend a European award ceremony hosted by Vice-President Barrot.

The best posters will be displayed on the websites of the Commission’s representations in the Member States and on the Europa server. They may also be used in future European campaigns on the rights of children, including the right to protection.

This initiative is particularly timely given that it is in keeping with the Commission’s policy to defend all rights and its determination to integrate this into all of its internal and external policies.

Further information may be found on the Internet site, which contains links to the competition site.

This new competition follows two organised earlier, the first one in 2006 on the assertion of children’s rights in general, and the second one in 2007 on the rejection of discrimination. No fewer than 2 000 teams in 2006 and over 6 000 in 2007 from all over the EU took up the challenge under the headings “SPEAK UP FOR YOUR RIGHTS!” and “TOGETHER AGAINST DISCRIMINATION!” and submitted designs for a poster on the rights of the child and on non-discrimination. The best of these, which can be found on the site, might also be used in future European campaigns.

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EU Funding: Euromed Youth Programme organised “Inter-religious Dialogue” training seminar in Jordan

Jeudi 10 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for stimulating the integration of young people in social and working life in order to guarantee the democratic process of civil societies in Mediterranean partner countries

Twenty-four youth workers and youth leaders representing 14 countries (7 MEDA and 7 European) met in the natural reserve of Ajloun, Jordan, from 22 to 30 June 2008.

They will discuss the interactions between religious, spiritual and humanistic traditions, as well as the need to promote understanding and mutual respect of other people’s beliefs.

These issues are particularly important in the Euro-Mediterranean context where conflicts are increasingly associated with religious allegiance, the Euromed Youth III Programme says.

Euromed Youth III is an EU-funded Regional Programme aimed at fostering mutual understanding and intercultural dialogue among young people within the Euro-Mediterranean area. It also seeks to promote active citizenship and a sense of solidarity, enhance the contribution of youth organizations to civil society and democracy and contribute to the development of youth policies.

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EU Funding: Expert group says: Make periods of learning abroad a rule, rather than the exception

Jeudi 10 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for students and teachers mobility projects, for networks and partnerships in the field of higher education

How can we extend the success of Erasmus, the EU’s flagship programme in higher education, beyond the confines of the university sector?

This was the question put to a Commission-appointed High-Level Expert Forum on Mobility, whose report is published today. It recommends to expand greatly the opportunities for learning mobility offered, not just to students, but to young people in general including, for instance, apprentices, secondary school-level students as well as young entrepreneurs, artists and volunteers. The report calls for action to address existing barriers to mobility, and proposes a new partnership – of the EU, Member States, regions, education institutions, business and civil society – to boost mobility.

The High Level Expert Forum proposes concrete mid-term targets: by 2020, at least 50% of all young people aged 16-29 should be offered the opportunity to engage in some form of cross-border mobility at some point. This overall target can be realised if, by 2020, mobility reaches just over 6% of university students every year, as well as 3.5% of trainees in vocational education and training, 0.5% of secondary students and just over 1% of those young people who wish to participate in a mobility-based voluntary action (such as the European Voluntary Service, for example).

The report, entitled “Making Learning Mobility an Opportunity for All”, is a result of six months’ reflection on how to create more opportunities for mobility of young people between EU Member States. It contains experts’ recommendations on how to make learning mobility across borders a natural feature for young Europeans.

It also calls on the European Commission to mainstream mobility into all relevant EU policies, notably the Structural Funds and the Framework Programme for Research and Development. It also asks for mobility to be made a top-priority in the mid-term review of the EU’s Financial Perspective.

The special significance of language learning for cross-border mobility is underlined. The learning of a second and third European language should be supported through better language teaching within all parts of education and training systems. A stronger focus on languages should in particular be an integral part of the preparation of mobility moves.

While the main focus is on learners in academic or vocational courses, the authors of the report also see more mobility in the cultural sector as a further key to a more mobile Europe. Removing obstacles that are presently faced by arts professionals means increasing their interaction with others, thereby boosting diversity and creativity in Europe.

The report also includes a package of suggestions with a view to strengthening the EU’s present mobility programmes. Besides Erasmus, Comenius, Leonardo da Vinci and Grundtvig, which all form part of the Lifelong Learning Programme, recommendations are also made on mobility aspects of other programmes, including the Erasmus Mundus, Youth in Action, Culture and Europe for Citizens programmes. The Report recommends that the programmes should be promoted more strongly and that synergies between them should be better developed.

The High Level Expert Forum on Mobility was set up in December 2007 by the European Commissioner for Education, Training, Culture and Youth, Ján Figel’, to strengthen and promote the mobility of young people in the 21st century. The Expert Forum brings together 11 mobility experts from 10 EU Member States covering such wide-ranging fields as higher education, youth, vocational training, employment, culture and music.

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EU Funding: Erasmus Mundus: successful Lebanese students and scholars receive scholarships to study in the EU

Mardi 8 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the enhancement of quality in higher education and the promotion of intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries
 Grants aiming at co-operation in higher education between the EU and Third-Countries through a co-operation and mobility scheme addressing students and academic staff.

Over thirty-eight Lebanese participants have benefited from the EU’s Erasmus Mundus programme to date. Nine students and one scholar from Lebanon have been selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses scholarship for the academic year 2008/09

These scholarships will allow them to study in Europe for one or two years and obtain a Masters degree from one of the 103 top-quality Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses offered by consortia of European higher education institutions. These ten Lebanese participants can be added to the eleven other successful Lebanese candidates that took part in Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses in 2007/8 and the 17 Lebanese students hosted in EU universities as part of the Erasmus Mundus scheme of exchanges (Erasmus Mundus External Co-operation Window – EM ECW).

The Erasmus Mundus programme is the EU’s co-operation and mobility programme in the field of higher education. It aims to enhance quality in European higher education and to promote intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries. It supports European top-quality Masters Courses and also provides EU-funded scholarships for third country nationals participating in these Masters Courses (students, and scholars for teaching and research activities). The programme also provides scholarships for EU-nationals studying at partner universities throughout the world. The Masters Courses are high-quality Masters level programmes designed and offered by a consortium of higher education institutions in at least three different European countries. They address all fields of study. Each course must foresee a study period in at least two of the three institutions, and should last from one to two academic years. 21 Lebanese students and scholars have been selected to follow Masters Courses in European universities in 2007/8 and 2008/9. They are from the Lebanese University, Université Saint Joseph, the American University of Beirut and Notre Dame University.

The European Commission has also launched the Erasmus Mundus External Co-operation Window (EM ECW) which offers 1 to 34 months exchanges to undergraduate, masters, doctorate and post-doctoral students as well as academic staff. To date, this exchange scheme is limited to two Lebanese universities, the American University of Beirut and the Lebanese University, which are members of a university consortium lead by the Lund University from Sweden. In the EM ECW 2007 selection round, 5 EU students were selected to be hosted in Lebanese universities, while 17 Lebanese students are hosted in EU Universities.

Apart from the Erasmus Mundus programme, the European Commission supports the development of the higher education sector in Lebanon through its Tempus programme for inter-university cooperation. Under this programme, curricular reform and governance reform have been selected as priorities for the years 2007-2013. Since 2003, Lebanon has benefited from almost EUR 7 million.

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More than 2,000 students and 450 teaching staff from outside Europe have been selected to receive an Erasmus Mundus scholarship for the academic year 2008/09.

In 2008, a total number of 17 new partnerships of Erasmus Mundus Masters Consortia with higher education institutions in non-European countries were selected. Altogether, they encompass 62 universities from 28 different third countries. These 17 partnerships foresee an outgoing mobility of an estimated 477 European students and 192 European scholars over the next two years. The partnerships allow European higher education institutions, scholars and students to strengthen their ties with other higher education environments in the world.

This latest selection completes the first phase (2004-2008) of Erasmus Mundus. In total, more than 6,000 students will have received an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to obtain a degree in Europe over the five-year period. Over the same period, more than 1,000 teaching staff from third countries have been given an Erasmus Mundus scholarship to actively contribute to Masters courses in teaching or research activities.

The second phase of Erasmus Mundus (2009-13) is expected to start in 2009 with a planned total budget of 950 million euros. Its main new features are the inclusion of joint doctoral programmes, increased scholarships for European students and an intensified structural cooperation with third-country higher education institutions. In addition, the new proposal integrates a mobility scheme for all levels of higher education.

EC Delegation to Lebanon

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EU funding: Europe offers young scientists astronaut experience

Lundi 7 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 New framework programme for research and technology aiming at better exploiting research capacities in Europe and transforming scientific results into new products, processes and services.

The European Space Agency is giving graduate students the opportunity to take their experiments to new heights.

Under the programme ‘Fly Your Thesis! - An Astronaut Experience’, Master’s or PhD thesis students will fly their experiments in microgravity. The ESA’s Education Office says interested parties have until 31 August 2008 to submit their proposals.

In layman’s terms, microgravity is weightlessness or zero gravity. The first image that springs to mind is an astronaut floating inside their spacecraft. But microgravity also affects active people, like swimmers jumping off diving boards and amusement park revellers. Lasting for only short periods of time, microgravity occurs during the ‘free fall’ period of such types of activities.

Using an Airbus A300 Zero-G aircraft, the students will take part in a series of parabolic flights during the programme. The participants will be placed in up to 20 teams, chosen by a review board, and will be asked to present a detailed scientific proposal, under the guidance of a scientific mentor. The French-owned Airbus A-300 aircraft provides frequent and repeated periods of weightlessness, the ESA says.

The review board will assess all proposals during a workshop, to be held at ESA’s European Space Technology and Research Centre (ESTEC) in the western Dutch municipality of Noordwijk later this year. Visits to the Germany-based European Astronaut Centre (EAC) are also on the cards for the students. EAC is the training site for European astronauts.

At the end of the first workshop, three or four teams will be asked to carry out their experiment on an ESA Microgravity Research Campaign, which is scheduled to take place in the French port city of Bordeaux in 2009. Thanks to this campaign, the students will have the opportunity to rub elbows with leading European scientists who are conducting their own research. It should be noted that the teams will accompany their experiments on board for 3 flights of 30 parabolas. Each parabola will provide students with around 20 seconds of microgravity.

Under the programme, each team of students must design a scientific experiment that will be carried out in microgravity. The experiment is part of the students’ Master’s or PhD thesis, or research programme. The deadline for the teams to register on ESA Education’s Project Portal and upload their outline proposals is 31 August 2008. All teams must use the Letter of Intent template for their proposals.

Students taking part in Fly Your Thesis! are supported by the ESA Education office, ESA microgravity experts and members of ELGRA (European Low Gravity Research Association). In a statement, ESA says it will also provide financial support to cover part of the cost of the experiments, necessary travel and accommodation, as well as conference participation.

In a related development, people attending the European Space Research and Technology Centre (ESTEC) workshop of the ESA may be asked to perform their experiments in another gravity research facility.


EU funding: Young People - Agents of Intercultural Dialogue

Lundi 7 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for actions promoting intercultural dialogue and a citizenship citizenship respectful of cultural diversity

Meeting of youth representative groups from the European Union in Marseilles from 5 to 9 July.

This European youth event aims to foster dialogue between young people and policy makers on all levels. It highlights the importance placed by public authorities on involving young people in the decisions affecting them and achieving their full participation in society.

As part of the European Year of Intercultural Dialogue 2008 (EYID), this youth event takes place during the French Presidency of the Council of the European Union and revolves around intercultural dialogue and “young people’s role as agents of intercultural dialogue”.

The event will take place in Marseilles from 5 to 9 July 2008.
Some 150 national youth delegates will attend from 50 different countries including Member States of the European Union and European Free Trade Association (EFTA), and countries around the Mediterranean. They will be joined by representatives of European associations, a delegation from the European Youth Forum and a number of experts.

Five issues will be addressed:
1) Intercultural dialogue on a daily level,
2) Youth involvement in intercultural dialogue,
3) Measures accompanying as part of the intercultural dialogue process,
4) Challenges and opportunities for intercultural dialogue: focus on mobility,
5) Tools and communication in the different fields of intercultural dialogue.

The conclusions from discussions between young people will be recorded and presented to policy makers in a plenary session on 9 July. The 27 Directors-General, the European Commissioner for Youth, the French Minister for Health, Youth, Sport and the Voluntary Sector and the Secretary of State for Sport, Youth and theVoluntary Sector will attend the presentation in the Palais du Pharo. This event is intended to provide political leaders with food for thought and help them draft domestic and European youth policies.

French Presidency

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EU funding: Erasmus Mundus: “be curious and don’t hesitate”

Mardi 1 juillet 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for the enhancement of quality in higher education and the promotion of intercultural understanding through co-operation with third countries

Special visas and higher scholarships to cope deal with rising living costs are just two things MEPs on the Culture and Education Committee would like for the Erasmus Mundus student exchange course.

The report comes ahead of the second phase of the programme. Erasmus Mundus is for students from outside Europe who wish to study at its Universities and for European students to study far a field. The separate Erasmus scheme has already helped 1.5 million people study in Europe.
Since 2004 Erasmus Mundus has awarded over 4,400 scholarships for students to come to study in Europe. One of these was Belek from Kyrgyzstan who spent 6 months doing an MA in international relations at Vilnius University. He told us he was sure “it will help me find a job and make a career”.

Student visa and higher scholarship say MEPs

An important part of the programme is building Europe’s links with countries from around the world and attracting the best and brightest to Europe’s universities. However, the importance of students returning to their country is an aspect stressed by French Liberal MEP Marielle De Sarnez who acted as rapporteur for the issue. After fellow MEPs on the committee voted to support the report on 24 June she said “the aim is not to organise the brain drain, but to train future generations of emerging countries”. It will now be put before a vote of the full parliament in the autumn.

The report focuses on a number of areas where it believes practical action can help. It wants European governments to introduce a specific visa for the Erasmus Mundus students. This would greatly help them to study abroad. Equally it wants the amount of scholarships increased to reflect higher living costs. Current scholarships are €21,000 for 1 year if you are outside Europe whilst a European student gets €3,100 for 3 months.

MEPs also want the decision on whether to award a place to a student taken earlier to help with administration. Students should also be able to learn 2 foreign languages. Finally, special attention should be given to those with disabilities and those who come from poor and minority backgrounds.

Erasmus Mundus open to non-EU students

The next phase of the Erasmus Mundus programme (which has a budget of 950 million from 2009-2013) aims to get more scholarships for European students and for more interests from people from the former Yugoslav states. It also wants to improve the information available to students about the programme. Part of the appeal of Erasmus Mundus is that it is open not just to students in the 27 countries of the EU but also Iceland, Norway, Liechtenstein, Croatia, Turkey and the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia.

The final word must go to another Erasmus Mundus student - Mindaugas from Lithuania. He went to do a PhD at the law faculty of Kyiv University in Ukraine.

On his experiences he said that “Kiev is quite an expensive city, but I could survive with my PhD scholarship. I greatly improved my legal knowledge…met many interesting people, learned Ukrainian and improved Russian skills”. He has a word of advice to those thinking about studying abroad - “be curious and don’t hesitate”.

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EU Funding: Young Photographers Competition: INSTINCT

Lundi 30 juin 2008

Photography students from all around the world are invited to take part in this competition

Up to 60 entrants will be selected to have a sequence of work included in the shots Directory 2009, along with their contact and college details. The overall winner will have his or her work featured on the cover. The Directory has a different theme every year. For 2009, the theme is INSTINCT.

shots showcases cutting-edge creativity in global advertising. Launched in 1990, it provides ideas and inspiration for creative people internationally as well as being a source of information for the industry.

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EU funding: 1st Online Arts Festival

Vendredi 20 juin 2008

 European funds

Related EU Grant Loans Programme(s):
 Grants for cooperation and exchanges in the field of youth and informal education and training.
 Grants for stimulating the integration of young people in social and working life in order to guarantee the democratic process of civil societies in Mediterranean partner countries

Euro-Med Young Artists Network is launching a call for entries for its 1st Online Arts Festival to be held online in October 2008.

The festival is open for young artists (from 15 to 30 years old) living in one of the Euro-Med countries in all fields of arts that can be published on the web. The aim of the festival is to promote the use, among young people, of internet tools in arts.

All entries must have been produced after January 1st, 2005 and must be submitted via the online form no later than September 20th, 2008.

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