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ALFA programme: Academic training in Latin America

The European Commission, DG IB, has published a call for submission of applications within the framework of the ALFA programme for EU/Latin American cooperation in the field of academic training (1994-1999).

The main objectives of the ALFA programme (Amérique Latine - Formation Académique) are:

- To encourage cooperation between Latin America and Europe in the field of higher education in order to make up for the deficiencies and overcome the disparities and imbalances between those two regions by improving the scientific, academic and technological potential of Latin America;

- To promote cooperation programmes through networks of higher education institutions from Europe and Latin America with a view to carrying out common academic activities, facilitating the exchange of postgraduates and university students and other activities, thus contributing to the regional integration of Latin American countries and to the reinforcement of exchanges among those countries.

The programme's activities are grouped in two sub-programmes:

- A: Cooperation for institutional management, aimed at supporting:
. Academic and administrative management;
. Academic recognition of qualifications;
. Improvement, adaptation and, if necessary, harmonization of curricula;
. Cooperation between higher education institutions and companies;
. Innovation and systemization of the educational task;
. Institutional assessment;

- B: Cooperation for scientific and technological training, aimed at:
. Supporting curricula for advanced training (PhDs, Master's degrees and professional qualifications) and complementary training of students in the final two years of a higher education degree;
. Devising common research projects.

Applications for projects, under both A and B, are invited from higher education institutions in Member States and Latin American countries. Priority will be given to academic projects related to economic and social sciences in general and, in particular to:

- Company management;
- Public service;
- Economics and economic law;
- Environmental studies;
- Regional integration;
- Rural development;
- Regional and urban planning;
- Social and educational policy;
- Engineering science;
- Medicine and other health sciences.

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