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ALFA programme - Call for applications

The European Commission has published a call for applications for funding under the ALFA (Latin America - Academic training) programme.

The main objectives of the programme are:

- To encourage cooperation in the field of higher education between Latin America and Europe in order to improve 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 and facilitating exchanges of students.

The programme's activities are grouped into two fields.

- Sub-programme A - Cooperation for institutional management - aims at:

. Academic and institutional management;
. Academic recognition of grades, titles and degrees;
. Improvement, adaptation and, if needed, harmonization of curricula;
. Cooperation between institutions of higher education and companies;
. Innovation and systematization of the educational task;
. Institutional assessment.

- Sub-programme B - Cooperation for scientific and technological training - aims at supporting curricula for:

. Advanced training (PhDs, master's degrees and professional specializations);
. Complementary training (of students in the final two years of higher education (degree).

ALFA will give priority to academic projects related to economic and social sciences in general, and in particular: 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.

Higher education institutions from the Member States of the European Communities and from Latin American countries are invited to submit projects under sub-programme B.

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