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IP/10/1109

Brussels, 10 September 2010

EU steps up academic co-operation with the USA and Canada

The European Commission and the governments of the USA and Canada will jointly invest €15 million on new transatlantic education partnerships involving 160 universities and training institutions and thousands of students on both sides of the Atlantic. The European Union will contribute €7.5m for the initiative, with €6m coming from the US and €1.5m from Canada. The funding will support student exchanges, joint degrees and better policy co-operation. The partnerships focus on a range of fields including energy efficiency, computing robotics, climate change, forestry management, languages and cinema studies. For the first time a transatlantic degree programme is established between the EU and Canada.

Androulla Vassiliou, the European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "In today's globalised world, investment in education with an international dimension is more important than ever if we are to equip young people with the skills they need to succeed in the knowledge economy. I am delighted that we are taking our long-standing academic co-operation with the United States and Canada to an unprecedented level. This will enable us to support more joint projects which will benefit academics and students in both Europe and North America."

EU-US Atlantis Programme

The European Commission and the US Department of Education have launched 26 new projects under the Atlantis programme. These involve 105 universities and training institutions from the EU and the US. The European Commission and the US Department for Education each contribute €6m – an increase of 5% compared to last year.

The Atlantis Programme supports transatlantic joint or double degrees, with a new focus on entrepreneurship. This year's selected projects comprise:

  • Ten 'excellence in mobility' projects. Similar to the EU's Erasmus higher education exchange programme, these allow students to spend a term in a partner university.

  • Nine transatlantic degrees. Students spend a full academic year on the other side of the Atlantic.

  • Seven projects aimed at enhancing transatlantic collaboration through studies, seminars, working groups, and benchmarking exercises addressing higher education and vocational training.

New EU-Canada projects - first ever transatlantic degree

The European Commission and Human Resources and Skills Development Canada (HRSDC) have jointly launched 10 new co-operation projects. These involve 55 universities and training institutions from the EU and Canada. The European Commission and HRSDC each contribute €1.5m – an increase of about 40% compared to 2009 and the most the EU has invested in joint academic projects with Canada.

These funds will support curriculum development and joint study or training programmes. Exchange students benefit from recognition of academic credits.

In 2010, for the first time, the EU and Canada have established a joint Transatlantic Forestry Master degree, which focuses on sustainable environmental management. It will involve universities from Germany, Sweden, the United Kingdom and Finland as well as three universities from Canada.

To find out more:

Project factsheets: EU-Canada; EU-US

Google Maps showing current projects: EU-Canada; EU-US

European Commission: International co-operation in education and training: http://ec.europa.eu/education/international-cooperation

Annex:

ATLANTIS PROJECTS 2010

Transatlantic Degree Projects

EU PARTNERS (* = lead institution)

US LEAD INSTITUTION

PROJECT TITLE

UNIVERSITY OF PARMA (IT)*
UNIVERSIDAD DE EXTREMADURA (ES)

NEW JERSEY SCIENCE AND TECHNOLOGY UNIVERSITY

EU/US International Bachelor Degree in Engineering Management

CZECH TECHNICAL UNIVERSITY, PRAGUE (CZ)*
UNIVERSITY OF ZILINA (SK)

THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS

Transatlantic Dual Masters Degree Program in Transportation and Logistics Systems

POLITECNICO DI MILANO (IT)*
UNIVERSIDAD POLITECNICA DE MADRID (ES)

DREXEL UNIVERSITY

Engineers As Global Leaders for Energy Sustainability

UNIVERSITY OF MESSINA (IT)*
UNIVERSIDAD DE CORDOBA (ES)

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Transatlantic Degree Cinema and Language

UNIVERSITY PIERRE-MENDES-FRANCE, GRENOBLE II (FR)*
UNIVERSITÄT KOBLENZ-LANDAU (DE)

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY CHICO - CHICO RESEARCH FOUNDATION

A Transatlantic Dual Masters Degree in ICV

HERTIE SCHOOL OF GOVERNANCE BERLIN (DE)*
ERASMUS UNIVERSITEIT ROTTERDAM (NL)

SYRACUSE UNIVERSITY

Transatlantic Master in International Security & Development Policy

UNIVERSITÉ DE STRASBOURG (FR)*
POLITECNICO DE MILANO (IT)

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON

International Dual Degree in Computing Robotics and Imaging for Surgery Platform Computer, Robotics for Surgery

UNIVERSITY DEGLI STUDI DI CAGLIARI (IT)*
BIRKBECK UNIVERSITY OF LONDON (UK)

GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY

Geographic Information science for Environmental and Spatial Planning

WARSAW SCHOOL OF SOCIAL SCIENCES AND HUMANITIES (PL)*
BANGOR UNIVERSITY (UK)

CALIFORNIA STATE UNIVERSITY STANISLAUS

Dual Master degree in Psychology with emphasis on Behaviour Analysis

Excellence in Mobility Projects

EU PARTNERS (* = lead institution)

US LEAD INSTITUTION

PROJECT TITLE

UNIVERSITÀ DI MODENA E REGGIO EMILIA (IT)*
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALENCIA (ES)

EL CAMINO COLLEGE

Globally Focused Inclusive Early Education

MANAGEMENT CENTER INNSBRUCK (AT)*
HOCHSCHULE FÜR ANGEWANDTE WISSENSCHAFTEN - FACHHOCHSCHULE COBURG (DE)

SOUTHERN ILLINOIS UNIVERSITY AT CARBONDALE

International Human Rights Certificate for Social Work

UNIVERSIDAD DE JAÉN (ES)*
UNIVERSIDAD DE CANTABRIA (ES)
TEKNISKA HÖGSKOLAN JÖNKÖPING AB (SE)

UNIVERSITY OF CENTRAL FLORIDA

Engineering a New Global Environment

HOCHSCHULE BREMEN (DE)*
UNIVERSITY OF HERTFORDSHIRE (UK)
EUROMED ÉCOLE DE MANAGEMENT (FR)
UNIVERSIDAD DE VALENCIA (ES)

THE UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA WILMINGTON

Mobility Project to Advance the Transatlantic Business School Alliance

JOHANN WOLFGANG GOETHE-UNIVERSITÄT FRANKFURT/M. (DE)*
UNIVERSIDAD DE GRANADA (ES)

UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-LA CROSSE

Sports Medical Athletic Therapist International Exchange

MALMÖ UNIVERSITY (SE)*
HOGESCHOOL VAN ARNHEM EN NIJMEGEN (NL)

GEORGIA STATE UNIVERSITY

Developing Globally Literate Teachers through Excellence in Mobility Projects

ASTON UNIVERSITY, ASTON BUSINESS SCHOOL (UK)*
UNIVERSITÄT MANNHEIM (DE)

SAN DIEGO STATE UNIVERSITY

Cross Cultural Training for US and EU Students

UNIVERSIDADE CATÓLICA PORTUGUESA (PT)*
UNIVERSITÄT TRIER (DE)

UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO

International Mobility Program in Atlantic Citizenship Trends

INSTITUT POLYTECHNIQUE LASALLE BEAUVAIS (FR)*
UNIVERSITÄT FÜR BODENKULTUR WIEN (AT)

FLORIDA AGRICULTURAL & MECHANICAL UNIVERSITY

Meeting Consumer Needs for Safe High Quality Food Products

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN (BE)*
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN (NL)
UNIVERSITÀ IUAV DI VENEZIA (IT)

PARSONS THE NEW SCHOOL FOR DESIGN

Urbanisms of Inclusion: a Transatlantic Education Program

Policy-oriented Measures

EU PARTNERS (* = lead institution)

US LEAD INSTITUTION

PROJECT TITLE

UNIVERSITY COLLEGE OF CORK (IE)*
JENNIFER ARCHER CONSULTING (UK)
UNIVERISTY OF BATH (UK)

SOUTHWESTERN OKLAHOMA STATE UNIVERSITY

Harmonizing Pharmacy Clinical Competency for Students and Professionals

UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE (UK)*
KANUNAS UNIVERSITY OF MEDECINE (LT)

NEW YORK CITY COLLEGE OF TECHNOLOGY

Integration of Self-management and Palliation: Implications for Health policy and nursing education

UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN (EL)*
UNIVERSIDADE TECNICA DE LISBOA (PT)
AIESEC UNIVERSITEIT ANTWERPEN (BE)

UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AT AMHERST

Policy Analysis for Complex Transport Systems

UNIVERSITY OF THE WEST OF ENGLAND, BRISTOL (UK)*
GOTTFRIED WILHELM LEIBNIZ-UNIVERSITÄT HANNOVER (DE)

VIRGINIA COMMONWEALTH UNIVERSITY

Educating Planners for the New Challenges of Sustainability, Knowledge, and Governance

TEESIDE UNIVERSITY (UK)*
HOGSKOLAN I GAVLE (SE)

IOWA UNIVERSITY

Evaluation and Modernisation of VET in Digital Creative Industries

UNIVERSITATEA DUNAREA DE JOS DIN GALATI (RO)*
UNIVERZA V LJUBLJANI (SI)

IOWA STATE UNIVERSITY

Tuning and Upgrading the Food Safety Education Curricula for BSc

EU-CANADA PROJECTS 2010

Transatlantic Degree Partnerships

EU PARTNERS (* = lead institution)

CANADIAN LEAD INSTITUTION

PROJECT TITLE

ALBERT LUDWIGS UNIVERSITÄT FREIBURG (DE)*
SWEDISH UNIVERSITY OF AGRICULTURAL SCIENCES (SE)
BANGOR UNIVERSITY (UK)
ITÄ SUOMEN YLIOPISTO FI)

UNIVERSITY OF NEW BRUNSWICK

Transatlantic Forestry Master

Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships

EU PARTNERS (* = lead institution)

CANADIAN LEAD INSTITUTION

PROJECT TITLE

FREIE UNIVERSITÄT BERLIN (DE)*
FH JOANNEUM GESELLSCHAFT MBH (AT)
FACULDADE DE CIENCIAS E TECNOLOGIA DA
UNIVERSIDADE DE COIMBRA (PT)

UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO

Transatlantic Business Process Management Education Network

OTTO VON GUERICKE-UNIVERSITÄT MAGDEBURG (DE)*
UPPER AUSTRIA UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES (AT)
ECOLE NATIONALE DE L'AVIATION CIVILE (FR)
GROUPE DES ECOLES DES
TELECOMMUNICATIONS - TELECOM BRETAGNE (FR)

UNIVERSITY OF WATERLOO

A Multicultural Exploration into Research and Education for Surface Computing

HANZE UNIVERSITY GRONINGEN, UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES (NL)*
INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY CARLOW (IE)

NOVA SCOTIA COMMUNITY COLLEGE

Energy Efficiency in the Built Environment

UNIVERSITATEA TRANSILVANIA DIN BRASOV (RO)*
GEORG-AUGUST-UNIVERSITÄT GÖTTINGEN (DE)
CESKA ZEMEDELSKA UNIVERZITA V PRAZE (CZ)

UNIVERSITY OF ALBERTA

Managing and conserving forests for multiple values

WATERFORD INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY (IE)*
UNIVERSITY OF GLAMORGAN (UK)
L’ECOLE SUPÉRIEURE DE COMMERCE BRETAGNE BREST (FR)

FANSHAWE COLLEGE OF APPLIED ARTS AND TECHNOLOGY

Tradewinds Exchange Programme

POHJOIS-KARJALAN AMMATTIKORKEAKOULU (FI)*
SLOVAK AGRICULTURAL UNIVERSITY NITRA (SK)

COLLÈGE COMMUNAUTAIRE DU NOUVEAU-BRUNSWICK

BIO POWER: Transatlantic empowering the skills, knowledge and know-how in teaching and learning bio energy entrepreneurship

UNIVERSITE DE BRETAGNE SUD (FR)*
UNIVERSITY OF PÉCS (HU)
TURKU UNIVERSITY OF APPLIED SCIENCES (FI)

UNIVERSITE DE MONCTON

Cross Atlantic Partnership in Network Systems and Information Management

UNIVERSITY OF ORADEA (RO)*
UNIVERSITÉ DES ANTILLES ET DE LA GUYANE (FR)

UNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA

Trans-Atlantic Network Established for Converting Brownfields Into Community Assets

UNIVERSITAT DE BARCELONA (ES)*
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN (IE)

UNIVERSITÉ LAVAL

Canadian and European Cities in Mega Regions: Planning for the Global World


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