Overview of the action
The Erasmus Mundus Action 2 programme is a co-operation and mobility scheme in the area of higher education co-operation launched by Europe Aid cooperation Office and implemented by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture (EACEA).
The main objective of the programme is to achieve better understanding and mutual enrichment between the European Union and third countries co-operation in the field of higher education through promoting the exchange of persons, knowledge and skills at higher education level. This will be achieved through the promotion of partnerships and institutional co-operation exchanges between European Higher Education Institutions and Third Country institutions and a mobility scheme, addressing student and academic exchanges.
The project aims at spin-of activities and sustainable impact. The implementation of the mobility scheme is supported by an strategic national plan: information sessions are to be given within each respective national education ministry, authorities and embassies are widely informed about the project objectives and outcomes, contacts with other universities – ministries – NGOs – public and private associations, counselling sessions for interested applicants, meetings with teaching staff of the involved faculties/departments, regular reports published on the project website, specific actions and strategy to reach Target Groups 2 and 3 (see target group section), regular publications and information sessions for the media (regional and national).
Objectives of ALRAKIS II
ALRAKIS II places an emphasis on recognition of studies, QA and transfer of knowledge through research and cooperation bringing opportunities to 11 HEIs from the South Caucasus and Ukraine, and participants from non partner universities and people in vulnerable situation within these regions . Other objectives are:
· To improve capacity building of third countries
· To enhance the internationalisation of studies
· To promote gender balance, equal opportunities and analytical teaching/learning skills
· To generate Research incubators and exchange of knowledge
· To develop cooperation enterprise-university in research related areas
· To facilitate accreditation and recognition of studies
· To increase employability of students