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Education & training

EU actions in education and training aim to improve the quality of learning systems and provide greater opportunities for people at all stages of their lives. While each Member State is in charge of its own education and training system, co-ordinated action can help achieve common aims. The European Commission focuses on two aspects – firstly, co-operation with national authorities on improving policies, and secondly the development and administration of funding programmes.

Programmes managed by the EACEA:

Lifelong learning

Erasmus Mundus


Bilateral cooperation

Eligible countries for Lifelong learning
Eligible "third" countries for the Jean Monnet programme

Eligible countries for Erasmus Mundus

EU members states
Tempus Partner Countries

Countries involved in a cooperation

Eligible countries for the intra-ACP academic mobility scheme

The new Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) supports learning opportunities from childhood to old age in every single life situation. It has a budget of € 7000 millions for the period 2007-2013, and is the successor to the current Socrates, Leonardo da Vinci and eLearning programmes.

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Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries.

- Action 1: Joint Programmes including scholaships

- Action 2: Partnerships with third-country higher education institutions (previous External Cooperation window)

- Action 3: Promotion of European higher education

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Tempus is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects.

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Co-operation with industrialised countries enhances the quality of higher education and vocational training, as well as promoting intercultural understanding. The EU has set up joint study programmes with other industrialised countries, particularly in North America and the Asia-Pacific regions, to provide financial support for student mobility.

The Co-operation with industrialised countries proposes various partnerships in the field of higher education, among which
- the EU-USA ATLANTIS Programme,
- the EU-CANADA Transatlantic Exchange Partnerships (TEP) Programme,
- EU-ICI ECP: Australia, Japan, New Zealand and Republic of Korea International cooperation agreements


The intra-ACP academic mobility scheme promotes higher education cooperation in Africa, the Caribbean and the Pacific (ACP). It funds partnerships between higher education institution (HEIs) from different countries within these regions, and grants scholarships for students and academics to carry out studies, research or teaching in another country covered by the programme.

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- School education: Comenius
Higher education : Erasmus
Languages: Lingua
Adult education : Grundtvig
Accompanying Measures
Dissemination Activities

Vocational training
- Leonardo da Vinci

ICT / Open & Distance Learning
- eLearning overview
- Minerva