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Erasmus+ Key Action 2 (KA2) - Capacity Building in the field of higher education

This action which aims to support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in the Partner Countries is to be carried out in the context of the priorities identified in the Communications “Increasing the impact of EU Development Policy: an Agenda for Change”91 and “European Higher Education in the World”

It is implemented within the framework of the external policies of the EU, defined in the financial instruments of the European Union which support this action, namely the:

  • European Neighbourhood Instrument (ENI)
  • Development Cooperation Instrument (DCI)
  • Instrument for Pre-accession Assistance (IPA)

What is a Capacity Building project?

Capacity Building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries financed through the above mentioned instruments. They can also involve non-academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects. Through structured cooperation, exchange of

experience and good practices and individuals' mobility, Capacity Building Projects aim to:

  • support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of the higher education field in the eligible Partner Countries;
  • support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management, governance;
  • contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
  • promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  • promote people to people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

Two categories of Capacity Building Projects are supported:

Joint Projects : aimed at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organisations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project. These projects will typically focus on 3 different types of activities:

  • curriculum development;
  • modernisation of governance, management and functioning of HEIs;
  • strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment.

Structural Projects : aimed at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. These projects will typically focus on 2 different categories of activities:

  • modernisation of policies, governance and management of higher education systems;
  • strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.

More information can be found on pages 145-165 of the Erasmus+ Programme Guide


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Laatst gewijzigd:09 december 2015 09:56