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Bilateral Cooperation in the field of higher education

About the EU-CANADA Cooperation Programme

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The EU-Canada Agreement is focusing on the development of curricula, student exchange with provision for credit recognition, faculty exchange, international internships, through ‘Joint Study Programmes’, called Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP) and Transatlantic Degree Partnerships (TDP).

Origin of the programme

The possibility of EU/Canada co-operation in education and training was envisioned in the Transatlantic Declaration on EU-Canada Relations adopted in November 1990. A formal Canada/EU Co-operation Agreement was concluded in November 1995 and renewed in December 2000 for an additional five years to continue to fund projects focusing on international curriculum development and student mobility, with a greater emphasis on vocational education and training, and language training.EU-Canada Programme 2006-2013 (Council Decision 2006/964/EC) continues and extends the scope of the activities.


Actions of the Programme

The programme contains three actions as described below

Action 1: Higher education and training

a) Support to enable EU-Canada consortia of higher education institutions and training institutions to carry out joint projects called "Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships" (TEP) or “Transatlantic Degree Partnerships" (TDP). Support includes grants for students and members of the academic and administrative staff (“faculty”).

b) Support for student mobility to higher education or vocational training consortia with a proven track record of excellence in the implementation of joint projects funded under previous EU-Canada programmes (not applicaple for this year’s Call).

Action 2: Youth (not applicaple for this year’s Call)

Support to enable youth structures, organisations, youth workers, young leaders and other youth actors to carry out joint activities (seminars, training courses, job shadowing, study visits etc.) relating to key themes such as citizenship, cultural diversity, community work/volunteering, and recognition of non-formal and informal learning.

Action 3: Complementary action (not applicaple for this year’s Call)

1. Support for policy-oriented measures involving organisations active in higher education, training and youth. These may include studies, conferences, and seminars, working groups, professional development workshops, benchmarking exercises or other relevant activities. Particular importance is attached to initiatives addressing important issues for higher education and vocational training such as the recognition of qualifications and the transfer of credits under the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS).

2. Support for the mobility of professionals (including new graduates and professionals-in-training) wishing to undertake short duration studies or training programmes to develop their expertise in areas of specific relevance to the EU-Canada relationship, to be identified in the joint call for proposals.

3. Support for an Alumni Association involving students who have participated in exchanges implemented by the EU-Canada consortia in higher education and vocational training. This Alumni Association may be run by one or more organisations that the Parties shall jointly designate.

4. Support for a limited number of other complementary activities in accordance with the objectives of the Agreement, including exchanges of experience and good practices, pooling of resources and e-based material in the areas of higher education, training and youth.

Responsible entities for the management of the Programme

Unit P10 of the The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages joint calls for proposals funded by the European Commission and the Human Resources and Skills Development Canada Learning Branch International Academic Mobility.

European Commission: Policy and Budgetary setting Education and Culture (EAC)

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