Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation
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Lot 7: Iran, Iraq, Yemen
ERASMUS MUNDUS “EXTERNAL COOPERATION
WINDOW” PROGRAMME IN BRIEF
OBJECTIVES
Mutual enrichment and better understanding
between the European Union and ThirdCountries, through the exchange of persons,
knowledge and skills at higher education
level
•To enhance the international cooperation
capacity of universities in Third-countries by
facilitating transfer of know-how and good
practices in the field of student and
academic staff mobility
•To enable students to benefit linguistically,
culturally and educationally from the
experience of pursuing academic studies in
another country
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recognition of studies and qualifications
• To build the capacity of the administration
and public and private sector by participation
of their staff in higher education mobility
activities
•To contribute to providing good students
from vulnerable groups (i.e. refugees,
displaced populations, disabled foreign
students, etc) with further education
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ACTIVITIES
The European Commission will contribute to
financing a mobility scheme between
European universities holding an Erasmus
Charter and Third country universities.
The types of mobility to be funded are:
•For students: undergraduate, master,
doctorate and post-doctorate mobility
opportunities.
•For academic staff: exchanges for the
purposes of teaching, practical training and
research
AREAS
Morocco, Tunisia, Algeria, Egypt, Israel,
Palestinian
Lebanon,
Azerbaijan,
Territories,
Russia,
Ukraine,
Jordan,
Georgia,
Moldova,
Syria,
Armenia,
Belarus,
Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan
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Application coordinated by Sapienza University of Rome
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EU PARTNERS
Università la Sapienza Roma Italy
Université Pierre et Marie Curie France
Anadolu University Turkey
Vrije Universiteit Brussels Belgium
ErasmusHogeschool Belgium
Universitè de Sciences et Technologies Lille
France
Universidad Complutense Madrid Spain
Politechnika Częstochowa Poland
Universitat Rovira I Virgili Spain
Università degli Studi di Foggia Italy
UNICA Belgium
UNIMED Italy
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THIRD COUNTRIES PARTNERS
University of San’a Yemen
University of Dohuk Iraq
Salahaddin University Iraq
University of Tehran Iran
Shiraz University of Medical Sciences Iran
Isfahan University of Medical Sciences Iran
Isfahan University of Art Iran
Isfahan University of Technology Iran
ASSOCIATES
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UNESCO Amman Jordan
UNHCR Italy
Italian Embassy Baghdad Iraq and Teheran
Iran
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Project Goals
OBJECTIVES
• Experience multilateral inter-university cooperation on
the academic and administrative level, exchanging good
practices, know-how;
• Increasing both bilateral and multilateral
opportunities for the development of joint coperation and research projects;
• Allow students at all levels to undertake a qualifying
and open-minding academic experience overcoming
barriers of linguistic, cultural, religious kinds;
• Testing a pioneering experience of recognition of
studies and qualifications among countries having had
very little opportunity for international exchange of good
practices in the field
• Help relieving the needs for support of vulnerable
students which, particularly for Iraqi refugees, are in deer
need for further educational and careers opportunities
• Provide opportunities of updating both of research,
academic and university management skills to teaching
staff of countries having long suffered the damages of
isolation and deteriorated infrastructure.
EXPECTED RESULTS
• 53 Scholars within homogenous scientific fields
developing joint pedagogical and research work
• 50 Professionals in international relations
benefiting from the opportunity to improve their
welcoming services
• 159 Students gaining invaluable intercultural
experience and mind opening impact from different
pedagogical approaches
• Administrative and academic services of partner
universities profiting from the work of comparison
and mutual recognition of academic records,
• 16 Individuals from vulnerable social groups, taking
the opportunity to rebuild or resume interrupted
careers
• 15 Students from target group 2 benefiting from
their career point of view and rewarding their
institutions
by bringing innovative know-how,
capacity building strategies, valuable connections to
European research groups and understanding of
internal market of the European countries.
• Offering opportunities for capacity-building through
higher education of professionals in the public and
business sectors.
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Target Group and Activities
APPLICATION DETAILS
• Project duration 42 months
TARGET GROUP
212 individuals involved of which:
• Amount requested 3.037.750 €
• Starting of activities: September 2007
• 173 (82%) Third country nationals,
• 42 from Yemen,
DURATION OF MOBILITY
• 6 months for undergraduates and masters students
• 10-36 months for doctorates
• 6 months Post-doctorates
• 1-3 months Teaching staff.
• 60 from Iraq
• 71 from Iran.
• 129 students and 44 teaching staff
• 39 EU Europeans
• 35 students
• 9 Teaching staff.
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Thematic Fields covered by the partner universities
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Agricultural sciences
Architecture, urban and regional planning
Art and Design
Business studies and management sciences
Education, teacher training
Engineering, technology
Geography, geology
Humanities (archaeology)
Languages
Law
Mathematics, informatics
Medical sciences
Veterinary studies
Natural sciences
Social sciences
Communication information sciences
Other areas of study
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Main Activities
ACADEMIC COOPERATION
• Joint call for applications, published by the project’s
secretariat on the project’s web portal and on each
institution’s relevant web pages.
• Joint selection of applications
• Joint strategy for comparison and harmonisation of
examination assessment with use of ECTS tools
(transcript of records; learning agreement; credit
system and grading scale) adapted to be viable
means of academic recognition with education
system of third countries in Lot 7
• Pilot experience of Joint/Double Diploma will be
carried out by universities in the partnership with
experience in the field, i.e. Lille University
• Diploma Supplement scheme will be elaborated to
be used for students in short mobility scheme
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DIFFUSION TO POTENTIAL BENEFICIARIES
• Web portal to be linked to students and international
pages of all partners’ websites
• Relevant information spread out by teachers during
classes and information days on international mobility
opportunities
• Information leaflets and email alert to European
consulate and Embassies in 3rd countries of the lot
• Diffusion of project information and materials during
student fairs in the gulf countries
• Official visits of universities’ delegations to 3rd
countries universities (i.e. Rome to Yemen in October
2007)
• Information sent to association of universities in
relevant area (i.e. Association of Islamic Universities)
•Joint activities with UNESCO and UNHCR, to involve
displaced vulnerable groups
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UNICA contribution
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The Network of Universities from Capitals of Europe will share its experiences and expertise as regards
to equal opportunities, diffusion, selection procedures, academic recognition and evaluation, the Bologna
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Equity issues will form part of a workshop to be held by UNICA experts during September 2007
consortium meeting.
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UNICA representatives will also take part in the November selection meeting to take charge of
evaluation of selection procedures and to ensure that a viable strategy to tackle equal opportunities and
joint admission and recognition
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UNICA European Higher Education Equality and Diversity Network, will actively contribute to the
attainment of inclusion goals.
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UNICA experience will be drawn upon and will appoint an external evaluator to carry out independent
assessment of projects outcomes and management strategies.
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Opportunities for partners to participate and join in other events, training initiatives workshops etc being
organised by UNICA (i.e. Unica Bologna Lab) and other Higher Education networks (i.e. EAIE)
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Next Steps
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Approval is likely to be decided by end of May - June
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3 applications submitted for lot 7
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Other calls for application are likely to be launched on Latin America and Asia
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And last but not least : thanks to the support of the Unica Secretariat and Unica Network that we
will really need if we will succeed!
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