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Presentation of MED-CAMPUS training programme

The European Commission has published a call for proposals concerning the presentation of training programmes to be run by teams of universities and institutions of higher education under a Euro-Mediterranean partnership system. The notice has been published as a continuation...

The European Commission has published a call for proposals concerning the presentation of training programmes to be run by teams of universities and institutions of higher education under a Euro-Mediterranean partnership system. The notice has been published as a continuation of the inter-university cooperation programme, MED-CAMPUS, initiated by the Commission under the EU's Mediterranean policy. Intended as an exercise in decentralized cooperation, this multiannual programme supplements existing measures to involve civil society in the development process. The overall objective of the MED-CAMPUS programme is to contribute towards the economic development of Mediterranean non-member countries (MNCs) by establishing or reinforcing links between universities and institutions of higher education in the European Union and the MNCs (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Cyprus, Malta, Morocco, Syria, Tunisia, Turkey, Occupied Territories). The specific aim is to improve the training of staff working in public administrations and private businesses in the MNCs by getting networks comprising universities in the European Union and the Mediterranean countries to set up and run training courses. The aims of the programme are to: - Boost links between universities and the local agents of social and economic change (e.g. local administrations and businesses); - Encourage regional cooperation; - Improve higher education structures by disseminating European experience in the MNCs; - Promote cross-fertilization with other MED programmes and other Community and international university training programmes. In addition, by providing channels of communication, the MED-CAMPUS programme will broaden and deepen cultural ties. This call for presentations of projects is addressed to: - Public and semi-public universities and other higher education institutions; - Public or semi-public training bodies; - Local administrations; - Public or private enterprises. The European Commission will co-finance a maximum 80% of the following types of training activity: - Continuing training: Continuing training is intended for managers, officials and staff in the administrative and technical departments of public administrations and private businesses in the MNCs. The topics to be given priority in this type of training relate to management in the following areas: . Environment; . Tourism; . Universities and institutions of higher education; . Health and social services, particularly in an urban environment; . Local and municipal government; . Small and medium-sized businesses and total quality criteria. - Training for trainers: This is aimed at improving the technical capability of, and methods used by, teachers who have completed courses at MNC institutions of higher education. The priority topics are: . Environment technologies and legislation; . Energy saving; . New technologies (e.g. information technology, biotechnology, advanced materials); . Management; . Teaching of languages and translation techniques; . Mass media and communications; . Consumer protection; . Banking and finance market techniques. - Post-secondary EURO-MED training: The aim of this new type of training is to train students from the MNCs who have already obtained their master's degree. Specific training initiatives should be governed by the following principles: . Courses are to be held in an MNC country that has the necessary infrastructure; . Courses are to be given by a multinational team of highly qualified teachers; . Universities are to participate in their capacity as institutions; . A programme of specific courses applicable to problems encountered in the Mediterranean region is to be created (i.e. it will not be a case of simply transposing courses already run in the European Union). The priority areas to be covered by the post-secondary EURO-MED training programme are: . Information and communications technology; . Environmental management; . Relations between the European Union and the MNCs, particularly in the areas of law, politics and socio-economics. Copies of the "Guide to presentation of projects" may be requested in writing or by facsimile from: Ismiri Europa Via G. G. Belli 39 I-00193 Rome Fax +39-6-3612249 Proposals must be submitted in triplicate to the following address: Office of the European Commission Via Poli 29 I-00189 Rome

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