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About the EU-ICI ECP Programme

Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea

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ICI-ECP (Industrialised Countries Instrument - Education Cooperation Programme) refers to EU cooperation with Australia, New Zealand, Japan, and the Republic of Korea in the field of higher education and vocational education and training. The programme includes regional and bilateral cooperation projects based on joint EU - Partner Countries funding and mutual agreement on the selection of higher education partnerships.

The ICI-ECP is part of the Industrialised Countries Instrument (ICI) that promotes cooperation between the European Union and seventeen industrialised and other high-income countries and territories in North America, the Asia-Pacific region and the Gulf region. It contributes to fostering the relations of the European Union (EU) with countries and territories which often share similar values, are important political and trading partners, and play an active role in multilateral fora and in global governance.

Origin of the programme

The bilateral cooperation builds upon the experience gained since 2002. A pilot phase of EU-Japan and EU-Australia bilateral cooperation in higher education started in 2002. New pilot projects were launched in 2003. In 2004, a first EU-New Zealand cooperation project was launched. Cooperation with Australia was further reinforced in 2005. Building on this pilot phase, the European Commission and the Partner Countries launched a first multi-country call for proposals in 2008 resulting in the selection of 11 joint projects: 5 with Australia, 3 with the Republic Korea, 2 with Japan and 1 with New Zealand. In 2009 from the submitted proposals 9 projects were selected to receive funding. Another 8 projects have been selected in 2010.

PDF EU-ICI ECP Agreement

Actions of the Programme

The following activities are supported:

  • ICI-ECP Joint Mobility projects (JMP)
  • ICI-ECP Joint Degree projects (JDP)

ICI-ECP activities provide funding for international curriculum development projects between the EU and the Partner ICI-ECP countries. They can involve short term mobility, in the case of Joint Mobility projects, as well as long term mobility and the award of joint or double degrees in the case of Joint Degree projects.

Selected consortia set up exchange frameworks whereby EU students typically spend one semester or one year in the Partner Country institution and vice versa, with full recognition of the study period abroad by the home institution. Support is destined to both higher education and training institutions and includes mobility grants for students and scholars, as well as flat rates/fixed amounts for administering the projects.

Each proposal must be based on a consortium formed of institutions from the EU and from one given Partner Country. Projects will be selected and funded bilaterally between the EU and each Partner Country.

Responsible entities for the management of the Programme

Unit P10 of the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) manages joint calls for proposals funded by the European Commission and the respective Partner Country Authorities.

European Commission:

DG Education and Culture (EAC) Policy and Budgetary setting
DG External Relations (RELEX)

Australia: Department of Education, Employment and Workplace Relations

Japan Japan Student Services Organization (JASSO)
Student Exchange Department
Student Exchange Programs Planning Division

Republic of Korea:
Ministry of Education, Science and Technology
Global Human Resource Division

New Zealand
Tertiary Education Commission

EC Delegations

For further information, please have a look at the contact page.


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