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Commission proposes to extend TEMPUS programme

The European Commission has recently adopted a proposal for the third phase of the TEMPUS programme for trans-European cooperation in higher education. The programme, which was originally launched in 1990 for a period of four years, will complete its second phase in 2000. This...
The European Commission has recently adopted a proposal for the third phase of the TEMPUS programme for trans-European cooperation in higher education. The programme, which was originally launched in 1990 for a period of four years, will complete its second phase in 2000. This proposal would extend the programme for a further period of six years from 2000 to 2006.

The aim of the programme is to promote the development of higher education systems in the countries of Central and Eastern Europe and the New Independent States of the former Soviet Union through cooperation with EU Member States, in line with the guidelines and general objectives of the PHARE and TACIS programmes for economic and social reform.

The specific objectives are to address:

- Issues relating to the development and reshaping of teaching syllabuses in priority areas;
- Reform of higher education structures and establishments and their management;
- The development of training with particular emphasis on high-level skills needed for the period of economic reform.

The implementation of the programme will be carried out by the Commission, assisted by an advisory committee and in close cooperation with the designated competent institutions in each participating country. In addition, an annual report on the programme's operation will also be prepared by the Commission.

Source: Official Journal of the European Communities

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