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Programme for cooperation in education and training

The fifth call for proposals for a cooperation programme in higher education and training between the European Community and Canada has been launched.

This call refers to the major element of the programme, which is the encouragement of joint projects undertaken by consortia of higher education institution training establishments on both sides of the Atlantic.

It will be jointly administered by the Directorate-General for Education and Culture and Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade.

The programme will support approximately six original projects which can best or only be carried out through multilateral groupings, with the following specific objectives:

- Promote understanding and knowledge between the peoples of the European Community and Canada;
- Improve the quality of human resource development;
- Improve the quality of transatlantic student mobility promoting transparency, mutual recognition and portability of academic credits;
- Encourage exchange of expertise in new developments in higher education and training;
- Enhance partnerships among higher education and training institutes;
- Form or enhance partnerships among higher education and training institutions and similar bodies;
- Introduce an added value dimension to transatlantic cooperation in higher education and training to complement existing initiatives.

Student mobility will be a major element of each consortium, and activities should be student centred. Students should benefit through the introduction of an appropriate international perspective into their studies.

Each consortium must involve at least three active partners on either side, including at least two partner higher education or training institutions on each side in different Member States of the European Community and in different Provinces of Canada. Programme funding is intended only for the academic and training institutions in each consortium. Previous experience as a partner in a EC education or training programme is an eligibility criterion for the EC lead partner in a consortium.

The European Commission will provide a total of 600,000 euro and Canada will supply approximately 1,200,000 CAD. For a three year project, the maximum level of funding for each consortium is 130,000 euro, which includes up to 12,000 euro per consortium partner earmarked for student mobility grants. The EC grant will not exceed 50 per cent of the total project costs on the European side, and the maximum funding for each Canadian group will be C$200,000.

Proposals must be sent by registered post or delivered by hand by 31 May 2000.

Proposers are reminded to consult the official call text on the Official Journal of the European Communities. The Common Guidelines and application forms are available at the Europa Server Internet address: http://europa.eu.int/en/comm/dg22/call.html.
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