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Call for proposals to improve cooperation between institutions of higher education in the EU and their counterparts in the Mediterranean non-Member States

The European Commission has published a request for proposals as part of its MED-CAMPUS intervarsity cooperation programme aimed at boosting ties between institutions of higher education in the European Union and their counterparts in Mediterranean non-member countries (MNC) A...

The European Commission has published a request for proposals as part of its MED-CAMPUS intervarsity cooperation programme aimed at boosting ties between institutions of higher education in the European Union and their counterparts in Mediterranean non-member countries (MNC) Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey and the Occupied Territories. The MED-CAMPUS programme is designed to encourage universities to pool experience in order to improve practices which directly affect the economic and social development of the MNC, especially in relation to human resources. The programme aims to: - Establish trans-Mediterranean networks; - Improve higher education structures by disseminating European experience throughout the MNC; - Boost links between universities and the main local agents of social and economic change (e.g. local administrations and businesses); - Improve the training of staff involved in running local administrations and businesses; - Promote cross-fertilization with other Mediterranean programmes. In addition, by providing channels of communication, the MED-CAMPUS programme will broaden and intensify cultural ties and cooperation. The projects selected as a result of this call for proposals will involve at least two partners from different Member States of the EU and two partners from different non-member Mediterranean countries. These four partners will form the core of a group which may, however, be expanded to include other universities or institutions of higher education. The activities of the groups will involve: - Public and semi-public universities and other higher education institutions which will be responsible for coordinating projects; - Public or semi-public training bodies; - Local administrations; - Public or private enterprises. The priority areas for action can be grouped as follows: - Regional economic and social developments; - Public and private enterprise management; - Management of the environment; - Multicultural development. These fields will be the subject of activities which focus on: - Training of university teachers and skilled administrative and technical staff; - In-service training and short intensive training courses. The activities will involve: - Applied research, if it is confined to the project and relevant to it; - The supply of minor equipment (e.g. for computerization); - Access to EU databases. Proposals should demonstrate specific objectives and include a detailed work programme. The level of EU financing may vary depending on the project, but will not exceed 80% of the total budget. Copies of the terms and conditions are available upon written request or by facsimile from the office providing technical assistance to the programme: Ismeri Europa Via G. Belli 39 I-00193 Rome Fax +39-6-3213306 Proposals must comply with the relevant terms and conditions and must be submitted, in triplicate, to: European Commission Office Via Poli 29 I-00187 Rome Fax +39-6-6791658

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