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Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013

Erasmus Mundus




Italian Foreign Affairs Office Scholarships

Lifelong Learning Programme 2007-2013


Comenius (pre-school and school education)

the Comenius programme, shall address the teaching and learning needs of all those in pre-school and school education up to the level of the end of upper secondary education, and the institutions and organisations providing such education;
Comenius Programme supports:
  • Mobility of individuals which include exchange of pupils and teachers and educational staff;
  • Development of partnerships between schools, educational organisations;
  • Multilateral projects aimed at developing, promoting and disseminating educational best practices, including new teaching methods or materials;
  • Multilateral Networks aimed at developing education in the discipline or subject area in which they operate, for their own benefit and for that of education more widely.
Source: EU
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Erasmus (higher education)

the Erasmus programme, shall address the teaching and learning needs of all those in formal higher education and vocational education and training at tertiary level, whatever the length of their course or qualification may be and including doctoral studies, and the institutions and organisations providing or facilitating such education and training.

Erasmus programme supports:
  • Mobility of individuals which include students, teaching staff other staff in higher education institutions and staff of enterprises for purposes of training or teaching;
  • Multilateral projects focusing inter alia on innovation, experimentation and the exchange of good practice in the areas mentioned in the specific and operational objectives;
  • Networks run by consortia of higher education institutions and representing a discipline or a cross-disciplinary field (‘Erasmus Thematic Networks’) which aim to develop new learning concepts and competencies. Such networks may also include representatives from other public bodies of from enterprises or associations.
Source: EU
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Leonardo da Vinci (vocational education)

the Leonardo da Vinci programme, shall address the teaching and learning needs of all those in vocational education and training, other than at tertiary level, as well as the institutions and organisations providing or facilitating such education and training.

Leonardo da Vinci Programme supports:

  • Mobility of individuals which include transnational placements in enterprises or in training institutions; placements and exchanges aimed at the further professional development of trainers and guidance counsellors, and at those responsible for training establishments and for training planning and career guidance within enterprises;
  • Partnerships focusing on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations;
  • Multilateral projects in particular those aimed at improving training systems by focusing on the transfer of innovation involving the linguistic, cultural and legal adaptation to national needs of innovative products and processes developed in different contexts of innovation;
  • Multilateral projects aimed at improving training systems by focusing on the development of innovation and good practice;
  • Thematic networks of experts and organisations working on specific issues related to vocational education and training;
  • Study and preparatory visits for mobility, partnership, project or network activities.
Source: EU
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Grundtvig (adult education)

the Grundtvig programme, shall address the teaching and learning needs of those in all forms of adult education, as well as the institutions and organisations providing or facilitating such education.

The Grundtvig Programme supports:
  • Mobility of individuals which may include visits, assistantships and exchanges for participants in formal and non-formal adult education, including the training and professional development of adult education staff, especially in synergy with partnerships and projects 
  • Partnership (‘Grundtvig Learning Partnership’) focusing on themes of mutual interest to the participating organisations 
  • Multilateral projects aimed at improving adult education systems through the development and transfer of innovation and good practice 
  • Networks of experts and organisations (‘Grundtvig Networks’)
  • Preparatory visits: a mobility grant to enable a representative from an institution either to attend a contact seminar or a meeting with prospective partners
Source: EU
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Transversal programmes

The transversal programme shall comprise the following four key activities:

  • policy cooperation and innovation in lifelong learning;
  • promotion of language learning;
  • development of innovative ICT-based content, services, pedagogies and practice for lifelong learning;
  • dissemination and exploitation of results of actions supported under the programme and previous related programmes, and exchange of good practice.
Source: EU
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Jean Monnet programme

The following actions are supported by the ‘Jean Monnet Action’:

Unilateral and multilateral projects, which may include:

  • Jean Monnet Chairs, centres of excellence and teaching modules
  • Associations of professors, other teachers in higher education, and researchers specialising in European integration
  • Support for researchers deepening their research at a host university in another country
  • Information and research activities relating to the Community with the aim of promoting discussion, reflection and knowledge about the process of European integration

Multilateral projects and networks which may include support for the establishment of multilateral research groups in the field of European integration. 

Operating grants to support specified institutions dealing with issues relating to European integration' are awarded to support certain operational and administrative costs of the following institutions pursuing an aim of European interest:

  • The College of Europe (Bruges and Natolin campuses)
  • The European University Institute (Florence)
  • The European Institute of Public Administration (Maastricht)
  • The Academy of European Law (Trier)
  • The European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education
Source: EU
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Erasmus Mundus

 Erasmus Mundus is a Programme for the enhancement of quality in higher education and the promotion of intercultural understanding through cooperation with third countries.

The programme selects and supports European integrated, top-quality master courses  and enhances the visibility and attractiveness of European higher education in third countries.

 The Programme also provides EU-funded scholarships for EU students participating in an Erasmus Mundus master course. Scholarships support the students’ outgoing mobility to spend a short study period in a third-country higher education institution

 The Erasmus Mundus programme comprises four concrete Actions:

 ACTION 1 - Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses: They constitute the central component around which the Erasmus Mundus programme is built. The Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses are high-quality integrated study programmes at masters level offered by a consortium involving a minimum of three universities in at least three different European countries. Students have to study in at least two of the three universities and obtain a recognised double or joint degree upon graduation;

ACTION 2 - Erasmus Mundus scholarships: A scholarship scheme for third-country graduate students and scholars from throughout the world is linked to Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses. Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses therefore have a strong external projection. This scholarship scheme addresses highly-qualified individuals from third countries;

ACTION 3 - Partnerships: Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses have the possibility of establishing Partnerships with third-country higher education institutions. These Partnerships allow for outgoing mobility of graduate EU students and scholars involved in the Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses in order to study or work at a third-country partner university;

ACTION 4 – Enhancing attractiveness: Erasmus Mundus supports projects aimed at enhancing the attractiveness of European higher education around the world. It supports activities that will improve the profile, the visibility and the accessibility of European higher education.


Erasmus Mundus Masters Courses can be formed by higher education institutions in the 25 EU Member States, the EEA-EFTA states and, in principle, the candidate countries to the European Union.

The first phase of the Erasmus Mundus programme will provide around 100 high quality Master courses, and it will also provide scholarships to about 5000 students from third countries until they can follow these master programs (21000 Euros per year). And more than 4000 European Union students will recieve 3100 Euros for 3 months so that they can study in third countries.

In addition, these programs will offer grants of 13000 for three months for teaching or research in Europe and more than 1000 university professors from third countries and the same number of European Union scholars will go abroad.

Finally, Erasmus Mundus will form 100 partnerships with higher education institutions in third countries.

The overall budget for the programme amounts to € 230 million over a five-year period (2004-2008).

A national contact point has also been activated: Italia per Erasmus Mundus, Viale Ventuno aprile, 36 - 00162 Roma e-mail info@erasmusmundus.it.

Enrolment forms are available at: www.erasmusmundus.it

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Maclands Project

EU-US Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training

The European Union and the United States of America are in the process of renewing the agreement on higher education and vocational training for another eight-year period (2006-2013). The new agreementwill be signed on 21 June 2006 at the EU-US Summit in Vienna and it will renew and reinforce the long standing EU-US cooperation programme that was established in 1995. The programme is funded and managed jointly by the European Commission and by the US Department of Education. It aims primarily at promoting understanding between the peoples of the European Union and the United States of America and improving the quality of their human resource development. To achieve these objectives, the new programme will support the following main Actions

  • Transatlantic Degree action providing support to multilateral partnerships of EU and US institutions for the purpose of setting up joint study programmes - including joint/double degrees - and transatlantic mobility of students and faculty;
  • Excellence Mobility Projects, providing follow-up financial support for student mobility to joint consortia that have a proven track record of excellence in transatlantic cooperation;
  • Policy-oriented measures, addressing comparative higher education and vocational training issues, and promoting dialogue on recognition of qualifications and accreditations;
  • Schuman-Fulbright action providing scholarships to highly qualified professionals for undertaking studies or training on the opposite side of the Atlantic, in areas of specific relevance to the EU/US relations.

Excellence mobility projects will not be funded in 2006 but may be supported in future calls for proposals. The details of the Schuman-Fulbright action will be developed as a cooperation between the European Commission and the US Department of State.

Source: EU

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EU-Canada Cooperation Programme in Higher Education and Vocational Education Training

The aims both for the European Community and for Canada are to promote closer understanding between the peoples of the European Community and Canada, including broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and institutions. To improve the quality of human resource development in both the European Community and Canada, including acquisition of skills required to meet the challenges of the knowledge-based economy.

To reach these objectives the programme supports innovative, multilateral, student-centred projects with the potential to stimulate substantive and long-lasting structural and transatlantic co-operation in higher education and vocational training.

Source: EU

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Jean Monnet Action

The objective of the Jean Monnet Action is to promote knowledge on European integration.

The Jean Monnet Action is a European Commission initiative. It has three main components:

  • stimulating academic excellence in the field of European integration studies through the support for new teaching, research and debate activities at university level;
  • fostering academic reflection on current policy priorities in the field of European integration via centralised high-level conferences and thematic groups (bringing together Jean Monnet professors, policy-makers and civil society in Brussels) and support for decentralised reflection activities all over the world.
  • supporting major institutions active in the study of European integration.

Source: EU

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The Leonardo da Vinci Programme

The Leonardo da Vinci Programme aims at developing, through transnational cooperation, the quality, innovation and European dimension in the systems and the practices of vocational training, therefore contributing to the promotion of a Europe of Knowledge.

Leonardo da Vinci II (1 January 2000 - 31 December 2006) is the continuation of the first phase of the programme (1995-1999) and puts into practice Community policies expressed in the Luxembourg European Council, in the communication,  "Towards a Europe of Knowledge", in the White Paper entitled, "Teaching and Learning: Toward a Cognitive Society" and in the Green Paper entitled, “The Obstacles to Transnational Mobility", within the second phase of the Socrates and  Youth for Europe Programmes.


The Leonardo da Vinci II programme has three general objectives:

*to improve the skills and competencies of people, especially young people, in initial vocational training

*to improve the quality of, and access to, continuing vocational training and the lifelong acquisition of skills and competencies

*to promote and reinforce the contribution of vocational training to the process of innovation, with a view to improving competitiveness and entrepreneurship,


The programme gives special attention to the development of practices to facilitate access to training for people most at a disadvantage in the labour market, including disabled people and equal opportunities for women and men, with a view to combating discrimination in training provision.

In order to reach these objectives, proposals for projects may be presented with special attention to the following  frames of reference:

* trans-national mobility of young people and adults;

* pilot projects for promoting innovation and the quality of vocational training;

* projects for the development of linguistic competencies in vocational training;

* support for the development of networks of transnational cooperation the facilitate the exchange of experiences and best practices;

* development and renewal of reference material on vocational training.


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The Trans-European mobility scheme for university studies enables universities from EU Member States to cooperate with those in Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, and the Mediterranean partner countries in higher education modernisation projects. Established in 1990 following the fall of the Berlin Wall, Tempus has been renewed three times (Tempus II, Tempus IIbis and Tempus III – 2000 to 2006). Today, more than ever, there is need to enhance understanding between cultures, and for the European Union to work together with its partner countries in the field of higher education.

Source: EU

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Alβan Programme - European Union Programme of High Level Scholarships for Latin America

In 2002 the European Commission adopted Programme Alßan, a high level scholarship programme specifically addressed to Latin America.

The Programme Alßan aims at the reinforcement of the European Union – Latin America co-operation in the area of Higher Education and covers studies for postgraduates (in the context of Master and Doctorate degrees) as well as higher training for Latin America professionals/future decision-makers, in institutions or centres in the European Union.

Programme Alßan will enable Latin American students and professionals, future academics and decision-makers in their own countries, to benefit from the excellence of the Higher Education Area in the European Union.
The periods of education and training may range from 6 months to 3 years depending on the type of project and the level envisaged.

Source: EU
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The new Life Long Learning Programme runs for the period 2007-2013 and is the successor to the Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and eLearning programmes. The general objective of the Lifelong Learning Programme is to contribute through lifelong learning the development of the Community as an advanced knowledge-based society, with sustainable economic development, more and better jobs and greater social cohesion, while ensuring good  protection of the environment for future generations. In particular, it aims to foster interchange, cooperation and mobility between education and training systems within the Community so that they become a world quality reference.

The Life Long Learning Programme consists in the following sectoral sub-programmes: