RIC
Regional Information Centre
for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with EU
 

International and Regional Funds and Programmes

INTERNATIONAL
Academic Cooperation Association The Academic Cooperation Association is a not-for-profit pan-European network of major organisations responsible in their countries for the promotion of internationalisation in education and training. In 1999, ACA started its own monograph series. The ACA Papers on International Cooperation in Education combine the advantages of readability with a sound research base. http://www.aca-secretariat.be
International Association for Educational Assessment (IAEA) The International Association for Educational Assessment offers a global forum for all those involved in all forms of educational assessment – in primary or secondary schools, colleges or the workplace. Its members include examining bodies, university departments, research organisations and government agencies from more than 50 countries on all continents.
The broad purpose of IAEA is to assist educational agencies in the development and appropriate application of educational assessment techniques to improve the quality of education.
http://www.iaea.info
International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience The International Association for the Exchange of Students for Technical Experience (IAESTE) is an independent, non-profit and non-political student exchange organisation. It provides students in technical degrees (primarily Science, Engineering and the applied arts) with paid, course-related, training abroad. With around 100 countries involved and exchanging over 4000 job offers each year worldwide, it is the largest organisation of its kind in the world. http://www.iaeste.org/
International Association of Universities IAU, founded in 1950, is the UNESCO-based worldwide association of higher education institutions. It brings together institutions and organisations from some 120 countries for reflection and action on common concerns and collaborates with various international, regional and national bodies active in higher education. Its services are available on the priority basis to Members but also to organisations, institutions and authorities concerned with higher education, as well as to individual policy and decision-makers, specialists, administrators, teachers, researchers and students. http://www.iau-aiu.net/
The International Baccalaureate® (IB) The International Baccalaureate® (IB) is a non-profit educational foundation, motivated by its mission, focused on the student.
Our three programmes for students aged 3 to 19 help develop the intellectual, personal, emotional and social skills to live, learn and work in a rapidly globalizing world.
Founded in 1968, we currently work with 3,379 schools in 141 countries to develop and offer three challenging programmes to over 1,011,000 students aged 3 to 19 years.
http://www.ibo.org/
The International Bureau of Education The International Bureau of Education (IBE): a global centre in the area of curriculum development and a field-oriented institute supporting UNESCO action aimed at attaining quality Education for All. Over the period 2008-2013, the IBE is working towards: enhancing the capacities for the design, management and implementation of curriculum development processes among specialists, practitioners and decision-makers; improving the quality of curriculum-making processes and products; and informing innovative policies and practices in the field of curriculum reform and change. http://www.ibe.unesco.org
International Institute for Educational Planning The International Institute for Educational Planning (IIEP) was created by UNESCO in 1963 in Paris, France. It is supported by grants from UNESCO and by voluntary contributions from Member States and others. Meeting the needs of countries in the development of their education systems: training planners and managers in skills to analyze and plan, manage and implement, monitor and evaluate; supporting institutions and improving administrative routines, organization, leadership skills; fostering an enabling environment through policy forums, international co-operation and networking. http://www.iiep.unesco.org
International Council for open and distance education The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global membership organization for the open and distance education community, and is open to institutions, educational authorities, commercial actors, and individuals.
ICDE has consultative partner status with UNESCO and shares UNESCO’s key value – the universal right to education for all. ICDE further derives its position from the unique knowledge and experience of its members throughout the world in the development and use of new methodologies and emerging technologies.
http://www.icde.org
United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization - UNESCO UNESCO has 195 Members and eight Associate Members. It is governed by the General Conference and the Executive Board. The Secretariat, headed by the Director-General, implements the decisions of these two bodies. UNESCO works to create the conditions for dialogue among civilizations, cultures and peoples, based upon respect for commonly shared values. It is through this dialogue that the world can achieve global visions of sustainable development encompassing observance of human rights, mutual respect and the alleviation of poverty, all of which are at the heart of UNESCO’S mission and activities.
Established in 1994, the responsibilities of UNESCO’s Moscow Office were originally limited to cooperating with the Russian Federation.
http://www.unesco.org
International Council for Science The International Council for Science (ICSU) is a non-governmental organisation with a global membership of national scientific bodies (120 Members, representing 140 countries) and International Scientific Unions (31 Members).
The long-term strategic vision is for a world where science is used for the benefit of all, excellence in science is valued and scientific knowledge is effectively linked to policy making.
http://www.icsu.org
REGIONAL
Eurasian Association of Universities The Euroasian Universities Association (EUA) was established as the Universities Association of the Union of Soviet Socialist Republics (USSR) at the Constituent Congress in 1989, on the initiative of Lomonosov Moscow State University, supported by the twenty largest universities of the USSR.Today the EUA is the reputable international organization of universities which includes the national universities of the whole Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS), leading regional universities and higher educational institutions of the Eurasian region.
Currently the EUA unites 128 universities of Azerbaijan, Armenia, Belarus, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Tadzhikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan and Ukraine.
The EUA is a unique public organization in the Eurasian region. During all 20 years of its operations the EUA has been aimed at implementation of the eurasianism ideas in the sphere of education and science, maintenance and development of common educational environment and humanitarian collaboration, learning of international practices on reformation of higher education under specific conditions of new states’ establishment in the  former Soviet union.
http://www.eau-msu.ru
European Association of Institutions in Higher Education EURASHE is the European association of Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) that offer professionally oriented programmes and are engaged in applied and profession-related research within the Bologna cycles. Currently, more than 1.200 higher education institutions in 47 countries within and outside the European Higher Education Area (EHEA) are affiliated to EURASHE.  
EURASHE’s mission is to represent the views of professionally oriented institutions and programmes in the Higher Education systems in countries of EHEA, either in binary HE systems (professional or vocational higher education) or in unitary ‘university’ systems.
Its aim is to promote the interests of professional higher education in the EHEA and to contribute to the progressive development of the European Higher Education and Research Area (EHERA). In addition to offering professionally oriented programmes, EURASHE members are specifically engaged in applied and profession-related research, and its technological applications.
EURASHE believes partnership and cooperation with other regions of the world are important. It has thus established relationships with countries outside the EHEA through associate membership and partnership agreements with other regions.
http://www.eurashe.eu/
It's a non-profit, member-led organisation serving individuals actively involved in the internationalisation of their institutions through a combination of training, conferences and knowledge acquisition and sharing. Founded in 1989, the EAIE is the acknowledged European leadership centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education.
The EAIE’s mission is to help professionalise our members and to actively serve all those involved in internationalisation.
Within the European higher education area (EHEA) there are some 6000 higher education Institutions. In total some 60 000 people in the EHEA are working in internationalisation or related fields.
http://www.eaie.org
European University Association The European University Association (EUA) represents and supports higher education institutions in 47 countries, providing them with a unique forum to cooperate and keep abreast of the latest trends in higher education and research policies.
Members of the Association are European universities involved in teaching and research, national associations of rectors and other organisations active in higher education and research.
EUA plays an essential role in shaping tomorrow’s European higher education and research landscape thanks to its unique knowledge of the sector and the diversity of its members. The Association’s mandate in the Bologna process, contribution to EU research policy-making and relations with intergovernmental organisations, European institutions and international associations, ensure its capacity to debate issues which are crucial for universities in relation to higher education, research and innovation.
http://www.eua.be
European Research Coordination Agency EUREKA R&D is industry-led, applied, close-to-market — with tangible results and visible benefits.
Founded in 1985, to challenge the increasing migration of R&D and industrial innovation to Asian and North-American countries, EUREKA now unites 39 member countries and also counts the European Union as its 40th member. Together, they promote international, market-oriented research and innovation through the support they offer to small and medium-sized enterprises, large industry, universities and research institutes. Through EUREKA, these organisations are introducing new products, processes and services to market, helping make Europe economically strong and socially sound.

EUREKA Clusters are long-term, strategically significant public-private partnerships. Most of Europe’s leading companies participate in EUREKA Clusters, developing generic technologies of key importance to European competitiveness. EUREKA Umbrellas are thematic networks that focus on a particular technology or business sector. Their goal is to generate and support R&D projects in their specific field of operation.

EUREKA’s Eurostars Programme is the first European funding and support programme to be specifically dedicated to research-performing SMEs. Eurostars stimulates them to lead international collaborative research and innovation projects.
http://www.eurekanetwork.org/
ENIC Network (European Network of Information Centres) To implement the Lisbon Recognition Convention and, in general, to develop policy and practice for the recognition of qualifications, the Council of Europe and UNESCO have established the ENIC Network (European Network of National Information Centres on academic recognition and mobility). The Council of Europe and UNESCO/CEPES jointly provide the Secretariat for the ENIC Network. The ENIC Network cooperates closely with the NARIC Network of the European Union.
The Network is made up of the national information centres of the States party to the European Cultural Convention or the UNESCO Europe Region.
The NARIC network is an initiative of the European Commission and was created in 1984. The network aims at improving academic recognition of diplomas and periods of study in the Member States of the European Union (EU) countries, the European Economic Area (EEA) countries and Turkey. The network is part of the Community's Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP), which stimulates the mobility of students and staff between higher education institutions in these countries.
http://www.enic-naric.net

http://www.russianenic.ru/
European Student's Union The European Students' Union (ESU) is the umbrella organisation of 45 National Unions of Students (NUS) from 38 countries (March 2012). The NUSes are open to all students in their respective country regardless of political persuasion, religion, ethnic or cultural origin, sexual orientation or social standing.The members are also student-run, autonomous, representative and operate according to democratic principles.
The aim of ESU is to represent and promote the educational, social, economic and cultural interests of students at the European level towards all relevant bodies and in particular the European Union, Bologna Follow Up Group, Council of Europe and UNESCO. Through its members, ESU represents over 11 million students in Europe.
ESU's work centres around supporting its members through organising seminars, training, campaigns and conferences relevant to students, conducting European-wide research, partnership projects and campaigns, providing information services and producing a variety of publications for both students, policy-makers and higher education professionals.

ESU projects:
http://www.esu-online.org/
European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools E.A.B.H.E.S. (European Accreditation Board of Higher Education Schools) is a group of schools in the higher education field that wish to help develop students' mobility within a genuine european educational area. This is a private body that accredits higher education schools for the qualification of their programme to facilitate student exchanges.

E.A.B.H.E.S. recognizes and approves the degrees issued by its members and delivers European Bachelors, Masters and Doctorates through accumulation of credits. Students studying for a European Bachelor's, Master's or Doctorate Degree in an accreditated institution must bear in mind the concept of european citizenship and must speak at least two european languages. Obtaining a european degree should enable them to travel and work throughout Europe and the world.
http://www.eabhes.org/
European Science Foundation The establishment of the European Science Foundation (ESF) in Strasbourg in 1974 was one of the earliest milestones on the road to achieving real cooperation in European research. The ESF began life with a membership of 42 academies and research councils in 15 countries; in 2012 it counts 72 Member Organisations (MOs), including research funding organisations, research performing organisations, academies and learned societies, in 30 countries.
http://www.esf.org
European Centre for Strategic Management of Universities ESMU was created in 1986 as an international think tank non profit association to promote the strategic management of European universities. By offering management development programmes, benchmarking exercises and a learning environment on good management practices,  ESMU brings valuable support to European universities striving to further their strategic developments.
DEAN is a European network of Deans of Faculties and academic leaders. It is a unique forum for leading European decision-makers facing the demands of today's higher education system and a key player in the rapidly changing European system of higher education.
HUMANE is a European Network of 200 heads of administration from 20 countries. HUMANE promotes exchange of expertise and good practices, and contributes to the professional development of its members.
MODERN is a European platform which promotes the modernisation of higher education management. MODERN is a three-year EU-funded Structural Network (2009-2012) under the Lifelong Learning (ERASMUS) programme. It responds to the Modernisation Agenda of the European Union and to the need to invest in people, to support future leaders and encourage the professionalisation of higher education management at all levels.
EU-DRIVERS is a three year EU-funded Structural Network project (2010-2012) under the Lifelong Learning Programme (ERASMUS) seeks to create a regional innovation virtual community for exchanging good practices among all stakeholders, find solutions for improved regional cooperation between universities, private-sector companies and regional governments and disseminate cutting-edge information on good practices for effective regional partnerships.
http://www.esmu.be