Regional Information Centre
for Scientific and Technological Cooperation with EU


External Cooperation Window

Implementation of Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window in the academic year 2008-2009. The Community Action programme for the promotion of cooperation between higher education institutions and the exchange of students, researchers and academic staff from EU Member States and Third-Countries

Objectives of the External Cooperation Windows:

  • To develop higher education teaching and learning capacities of Third countries and regions in areas of policy and practice closely linked to their development priorities, thus contributing to bridge the gap between developing and developed countries, including poverty reduction aspects;
  • To promote cooperation between sending and hosting institutions, thus mutually enriching the educational environment of both , to share responsibility and accountability for their joint efforts in partnership by facilitating transfer of know-how and good practices;
  • To enable talented students to benefit linguistically, culturally and educationally from the experience of pursuing academic studies in another country. This will contribute to combat poverty investing in people by developing a pool of well-qualified, open-minded and internationally experienced young women/men as future professionals and leaders, capable of responding to the challenges of the new Global Knowledge Society of a globalised world and of improving governance;
  • To contribute to provide good students from vulnerable groups (i.e. refugees, Internally Displaced Persons (IDPs) and indigenous populations) with further education and professional development and empowerment for leadership;
  • To enhance the skills and qualifications of foreign higher education staff so that they can contribute actively towards improvement of quality and pertinence, to university research, to changes in system governance and to innovation of higher education through an institutionbased visiting teacher exchange system;
  • To build the capacity of the administration and public and private sector by participation of their staff in higher education mobility activities (especially through doctorate and postdoctorate activities);
  • To improve the transparency and recognition of studies and qualifications, in particular by favouring the practical implementation of Common Areas of Higher education triggered by the interest in the "acquis" of the Bologna process;
  • To enhance in the medium term the political, cultural, educational and economical links between the European Union and Third-countries, promoting common values of respect for human rights, fundamental freedoms, peace, democracy, good governance, gender, equality, the rule of law, solidarity and justice.

Budget available:

The overall indicative amount made available under this Call for Proposals is around EUR 163.5 million.
South Mediterranean and Eastern Europe and Russia - EUR 29 million
Russia - EUR 8 million.
The deadline for submission of applications is 13 March 2009 at the latest.
The Agency plans to announce the award decision by May 2009.
Eligible activities, including preparatory activities, can start on 15th July 2009 provided that contracts have been signed.

The project will be composed of two main parts::

  • The partnership activities for the organisation of mobility and the transfer of know-how and best practices;
  • The implementation of individual mobility for students and academic staff.

As a GENERAL RULE, the minimum partnership for this Call will be constituted of: Five European universities having subscribed an Erasmus Charter from at least three European Union countries plus. At least one University from each country in the corresponding geographical and country lot.

List of thematic fields of study:

  • Agriculture Sciences;
  • Architecture, Urban and Regional Planning;
  • Art and Design;
  • Business Studies, Management Science;
  • Education, Teacher Training;
  • Engineering, Technology;
  • Geography, Geology;
  • Humanities;
  • Law;
  • Mathematics, Informatics;
  • Medical Sciences.

Application form (*doc )

List of thematic fields of study (*xls )

Additional information on the web-site Education, Audiovisual & Culture Executive Agency

Guidelines (*PDF )


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