Tempus- Financing new university cooperation projects

60 million euro were allocated to the new phase of the TEMPUS Programme by the European Commission. It will finance 60 university cooperation projects and 13 others quality projects. 900 unviersities are involved in those projects.

The Tempus programme supports the modernisation of higher education and creates an area of co-operation in countries outside the EU. Established in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the scheme now covers 28 countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.

The Tempus projects are based on multilateral partnerships between higher education institutions from the EU and partner countries. They can develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula or teaching methods, boost a quality assurance culture, and modernise the management and governance of higher education institutions.

This new, fourth phase of the Tempus programme has introduced new features such as the need to implement larger projects, with a more noticeable impact, involving both larger university networks and more non academic partners and stressing regional cooperation. Tempus IV has thus given a new impetus to structural measures, which contribute to the development and reform of higher education institutions and systems in partner countries, and increase their convergence with EU developments, which is in line with the EU’s priorities in its external policies.

In concrete terms, the projects selected by the European Commission for funding under Tempus IV cover a broad range of disciplines, from sustainable development and chemical engineering to intellectual property law, biomedical engineering and social work. Through a strict procedure and a consultation process with the national authorities, the Commission has ensured that the selected projects are both of high quality and in line with national educational priorities.

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