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EU/Canadian cooperation in higher education and training

The European Commission has launched a second call for proposals under the European Community-Canada programme for cooperation in higher education and training.

This call for proposals is for innovative joint projects undertaken by consortia of higher education institutions, training establishments and other relevant organizations on both sides of the Atlantic. The objectives of the programme are to be achieved by promoting an innovative range of student-centred higher education and training cooperative activities between the different regions of the European Community and Canada through the encouragement of joint projects undertaken by European Community/Canadian consortia.

In this first year of operation, the programme will support a maximum of twelve original programmes, which cannot be carried out other than through multilateral groupings. Each joint consortium must involve at least three active partners on each side. These must include 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. Although third and subsequent partners need not be education and training institutions, programme funding is intended only for the academic/training institutions in each consortium.

Previous experience as a partner in a European Community Education/Training Programme (e.g. ERASMUS, COMETT, TEMPUS, PETRA, FORCE) is necessary for the European Community lead partner in an EC/Canada consortium.

Consortia should aim at pursuing a coherent strategy rather than engage in a range of diverse activities. A major element of each consortium (with rare and justified exceptions) will be student mobility. Transatlantic cooperative activities eligible for support are:

- Development or organizational frameworks for student mobility, including work-placements, which will provide adequate language preparation and full academic recognition;
- Structured exchanges of students, teachers, trainers and administrators in higher-education institutions and training establishments, including work placements as appropriate;
- Joint development of innovative curricula, teaching materials, methods and modules, including those exploiting the new education technologies;
- Short intensive programmes of a minimum of three or four weeks;
- Teaching assignments forming an integral part of the curriculum in a partner institution;
- Other innovative projects, including the use of new technologies and distance learning, which aim at improving the quality and cost-effectiveness of transatlantic cooperation in higher education and training.

Financial support will be awarded to successful consortia for up to a maximum of three years. Awards are intended to provide seed-funding for carrying out joint innovative projects which can be accomplished within three years or which can, once established, be continued without ongoing programme support.
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