Programme for cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training with the United States
The main objective of this programme is to continue cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training between the European Community and the United States of America.
Council Decision 2006/910/EC of 4 December 2006 concerning the conclusion of an Agreement between the European Community and the United States of America renewing a programme of cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training.
This agreement is set against the dual background of the European Union's action to support higher education, and EU/US relations. The EU's action is intended to make European higher education a world reference for relevance and excellence, while bilateral relations call for greater cooperation in education.
The programme will support some 274 projects over an eight year period. Approximately 6000 EU and US citizens will participate in mobility activities over the duration of the programme.
OBJECTIVES OF THE PROGRAMME
The programme for cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training pursues a number of objectives.
As general objectives, it aims to promote mutual understanding between the two partners, including through language, culture and institutions, and to improve the quality of human resource development in order to meet the challenges of the global knowledge-based economy.
It also has the following specific objectives:
- enhancing cooperation between the European Community and the United States;
- contributing to the development of higher education and vocational training institutions;
- contributing to individual participants' personal development for their own sake and as a way to achieve its general objectives;
- fostering transatlantic exchanges between the citizens of the two partners.
Its operational objectives are to:
- support higher education and vocational training institutions with a view to promoting joint study programmes and mobility;
- improve the quality of transatlantic student mobility through transparency, mutual recognition of qualifications, periods of study and training, and portability of academic credits;
- support collaboration between public and private organisations active in the field of higher education and vocational training with a view to encouraging discussion and exchange of experience;
- support transatlantic mobility of professionals with a view to improving mutual understanding of issues between the two partners.
LINES OF ACTION
The agreement sets out five lines of action to achieve the programme's objectives.
Action 1: Consortia projects
Action on consortia projects is aimed at higher education and vocational training institutions and organisations, and their staff, students and trainees.
Joint consortia projects should normally involve transatlantic mobility of students in joint study programmes. Flows in each direction should be equal and they should plan for the language and cultural preparation which will be needed.
This type of project provides support for double or joint degrees set up and run by multilateral consortia of EU and US higher education institutions, including scholarships for students, academic and administrative staff.
Action 2: Excellence mobility projects
The support provided by the programme is intended mainly for consortia projects run by higher education and vocational training institutions with a proven record of excellence, including those funded under the previous agreements.
Action 3: Policy-oriented measures
This action is targeted at organisations dealing with higher education and vocational training. Activities under this category include study sessions, conferences, seminars, working groups and benchmarking exercises.
Action 4: "Schuman-Fulbright" individual mobility grants
This action is intended for professionals (including professionals in training) who wish to study or train in areas of specific relevance to EU/US relations. The professionals it is aimed at include, in particular, decision makers, representatives of the social partners and journalists.
Action 5: Alumni Association
Action by the programme in this area is aimed at alumni associations whose members participated in exchanges supported by the programme.
A Joint Committee has been established. It consists of an equal number of representatives from each party. Decisions are reached by consensus. Its role is to:
- review the cooperation activities envisaged under this agreement;
- provide an annual report to the parties on the level, status and effectiveness of cooperation undertaken under this agreement.
Activities under this programme will be financed on an equal basis. The proposed programme would cost a maximum of 46 million over the period 2006-2013, provided that matching funds are made available by the US.
On 18 May 2005 the Commission adopted a communication on a stronger EU-US partnership, which, in line with the Lisbon strategy, identified cooperation in education and training as an important tool for stimulating knowledge and innovation, and called for the renewal and reinforcement of the current agreement on higher education and vocational training.
This agreement renews the cooperation programme for 2000-2005 originally established under the 1995 Agreement between the European Community and the United States of America.
|Act||Entry into force||Deadline for transposition in the Member States||Official Journal|
The first day of the month following notification
OJ L 346 of 09.12.2006
- For further information please consult the European Commission's website on EU-US cooperation in higher education and vocational training