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1 Raul MATEUS PAULA & Renata RUSSEL European Commission Response to Engagement in Higher Education in ACP CountriesRaul MATEUS PAULA & Renata RUSSELHead of Unit C4 & Programme manager, Centralised Operations for the ACP Countries, European Commission, EuropeAid Cooperation Office
2 PolicyThe policy of the European Commission (EC) is to provide support to Higher Education in ACP partner countries in the context of a balanced approach to investment across the education sector as a whole.The primary and overarching objective of EU development policy is the eradication of poverty in the context of sustainable development, including the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs).
3 Programmes – 9th EDF and still ongoing EDULINK Cooperation Programme in Higher Education EURProgramme for Science and Technology Innovations and Capacity Building – EURAn initial Contribution to the Erasmus Mundus Classical – Master Programmes (now Action 1)– 2006 – EURFirst contribution to the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (lot 10 ACP – Action 2) – 2007 –EURErasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window(Action 4)
4 EDULINK –Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation. To foster capacity building and regional integration in the field of higher education through institutional networking, and to support a higher education system of quality, which is efficient and relevant to the needs of the labour market, and consistent with ACP socio-economic development priorities.HE Institutions participate in a competitive procedure of Calls for Proposals. The best ones are awarded grants of up to EUR 1M.3 Calls published, 406 valid proposals received, between 500 and 700 HE Institutions participating in each Call66 Projects selected involving around 340 HEI from EU and ACP.
5 Science and Technology – Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation. The overall objective of the PSTICB programme is to support ACP countries in formulating and implementing S&T policies that can lead to sustainable development and to poverty reduction through economic growth and progressive integration in the world economy.The programme will emphasize the promotion of interdisciplinary approaches to sustainable development along three main axes:1: Co-ordination and networking in applied research2: Instruments for collaborative research3: Management of research activities and reinforcement of research quality
6 Science and Technology – Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation. Budget per project between € and a maximum of € 1 millionCompetitive procedure- calls for proposals where groups of institutions (consortia) apply for funding with a concrete project proposalInstitutions eligible for this programme are ACP national and regional S&T organizations, research institutions, universities, government ministries and public institutions dealing with research policies, ACP national research networks, relevant civil society and private sector actors and similar EU actors working in partnership with ACP counterpartsCall published in October 2008 and closed in March 2009200 eligible proposals receivedExpecting to fund between 35 and 40 projects
7 Erasmus Mundus Classical – Master Programmes (now Action 1)– Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation.The Project’s purpose is to facilitate linkages between the EU and the ACP region in the field of higher education thereby encouraging and enabling ACP students to undertake postgraduate studies in Europe. This will in turn contribute to reducing skilled manpower shortages and to improving political, economic and cultural links between the EU and the ACP region which are the overall objectives of the Project.Students apply directly to the Accredited Mundus coursesReceiving Universities conduct selection procedureMasters Programmes for students starting in the academic year 2007/083963 ACP applications spread across 80 MA courses130 MA grants awarded in addition to the 141 awarded from the EC core budget
8 Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window - (now Erasmus Mundus Partnerships – Action 2), Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation.Overall objective:Contribute to reducing skilled manpower shortages and to improving political, economic and cultural links between the EU and the ACP regionSpecific objective:Facilitate linkages between the EU and the ACP region in the field of higher education thereby encouraging and enabling ACP students and academics to undertake postgraduate studies in Europe.
9 Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window - (now Erasmus Mundus Partnerships – Action 2), Objectives, Main Features, Status of Implementation.2007 Call produced very good results – ACP Selected project scored very highly in comparison to all the other regionsCall for students attracted over 8000 registrations and 3200 applicationsThe mobility flow started on time and is ongoing – no specific problems were reportedParticipation of the ACP Universities – geographically balanced and active184 scholarships in total – including 149 MAs and 35 academic exchangesVery good response in terms of Target Group 3 – vulnerable groups (refugees)
10 Future – 10th EDFContinuation of EDULINK with € for next call, evaluation of the programme is now ongoing. Programme will be fine-tuned.Next call end of 2010/beginning of 2011Continuation of Science and Technology with € for next call.Continuation of Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window – Action 2 : next call November 2009 (1 concortium for ACP + 3 consortia for SA)Budget of € split over 5 Calls for ProposalsInclusion of Sandwich PhDs No student flow from EU to ACP – academics yesMaximum 10% from one countryEMECW Action 4
11 Intra ACP Mobility Programme Future – 10th EDFDevelopment of a new programme:Intra ACP Mobility ProgrammeAfrica Nyerere component - €Caribbean and Pacific components - €11
12 Renata Russell European Commission Preparatory WorkInitial meetings and discussions – end of 2007AUC Study visit to Brussels – looking at EC mobility programmes (Erasmus, Erasmus Mundus, Tempus etc.)- mid 2008Agreement with the ACP Secretariat and AUC on the Identification and Formulation Study – end of 2009Renata Russell European Commission12
13 Initial Project Concept The overall objective of the project is to promote sustainable development and poverty alleviation by increasing the availability of trained and qualified high-level professional manpower in the ACP countries.The purpose is to facilitate linkages between the Higher Education Institutions in the ACP region thereby creating education opportunities to encourage and enable ACP students to undertake postgraduate studies, and also to promote intra-ACP mobility of academics and staff.Renata Russell European Commission13
14 Initial Project Concept The expected results are as follows:-ACP postgraduates completing Masters Courses outside of their home countries;-ACP postgraduates completing PhDs;-ACP Academic staff is exposed and contributes to the higher education inter-institutional exchanges ;-Enhanced international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in the ACP countries through cooperation within the region;-The spreading of the various experiences and best practices of participating universities;-Increased both visibility for the participating institutions and ability to host and manage flow of foreign students;-Improved cultural understanding and respect for diversity;-In the longer term, improved political, cultural, educational and economical links between the countries in the ACP region with a better understanding of mutual values.Renata Russell European Commission14
15 Renata Russell European Commission Basic FeaturesCalls for Proposals for groupings of Universities –similar to EMECWIn the first phase the Africa, Pacific and Caribbean regions operate independently with mobility within the regions, later possibilities for mobility between the regions may be considered.In the first call 3 African Projects, 1 Pacific, 1 CaribbeanMAs, PhDs, Academics, StaffApplicants will also have to submit for scrutiny details of the courses that will be offered.For Africa minimum 5 and maximum 10 Universities in a consortiumFor C & P the composition still needs to be definedRenata Russell European Commission15
16 Renata Russell European Commission Further WorkContinuation of analytical workFurther Stakeholders consultation –surveyIndicative timetable – final project concept January/February 2010Legislative procedures initiatedPublication of the first call – Autumn 2010Renata Russell European Commission16
17 FP7 ResearchFP7-AFRICA-2010 (coordinated with Food and Environment themes)for six topics, deadline*: 14 Jan. 2010A targeted research effort to meet the challenges for Water, Food Security and better Health for Africa• Science and research are major elements of theEU-Africa Strategic Partnership• A cross-thematic call which brings together threefunding Themes under FP7– Health– Food, Agriculture, Fisheries and Biotechnology– Environment (including climate change)
18 Further InformationFor more information on the ongoing ACP Lot 10 projectFor more information on Erasmus MundusFor more information on EDULINKFor more information on Science and technologyInformation on the Africa Call: