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Erasmus Mundus - External Cooperation Window

Partnership Conference: Running a successful ECW partnership project

The conference aimed at offering a comprehensive insight in the management of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window mobility scheme.

Brussels, Borschette Centre, 19-20th November 2007

The Executive Agency organised the first EM ECW Partnership Conference to celebrate the awakening of this new mobility scheme. The objectives were to provide the selected partnership projects with a global view of the EU external cooperation policy in the Higher Education sector and to exchange views on the functioning of the partnerships and the organisation and implementation of the mobility.

The Agenda was divided in two days in which plenary sessions, workshops and bilateral meetings were combined to facilitate discussion and maximise the exchange of expertise and experience between the selected partnerships and the European Commission, represented by EuropeAid Cooperation Office, EC Delegations and the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

PDF Agenda

Press release: Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window: "Open to the World"

The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Partnership Conference 2007 took place on 19 – 20th November 2007, in Brussels.

In order to enrich the debate the main objective of reaching a balanced participation of European and Third country HEI's representatives was attained.

In front of an assembly of around 50 academics, 5 plenary sessions were lighted up by the experiences reported by the individual partnerships projects. 3 regional workshops were devoted to discuss the specific regional needs and context. In each plenary session and workshop the participants shared common management concerns and discussed potential solutions on the different aspects of the mobility scheme.

At the end of the seminar, all participants agreed that Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Programme provides a unique higher education institutional cooperation frame between EU and Third country HEIs to implement a successful international mobility:

  1. by setting academic cooperation for the development of common standards and transparent mechanisms for credit transfer, degree and diploma recognition of study, teaching, training and research periods abroad, and
  2. by enhancing capacities, employability and career development of the participating European and Third country students and academics

The interest raised by the programme among EU and Third country Higher Education Institutions and students and academic staff has produced a concrete trigger-off effect of enlarging the geographical coverage of the initiative for the next academic year, 2008-2009 as to fulfil the goal of being a 'Window open to the World'.

For those of you who could not participate in the event, you can benefit from this experience by down-loading the power point presentations which illustrated the debates.


Plenary session 1
: The EM ECW - It's implementation and perspectives

PPT Management of the EM ECW (J. Fronia)

Plenary session 2: Management of the Partnership

PPT EM ECW Team (C. Casali)
PPT Lot 2 (P. Callawaert)

Plenary session 3: Organisation of the mobility

PPT EM ECW Team (P. Rivas)
PPT Lot 6 (J. Gonzalez)

Plenary session 4: Mobility management - academic aspects

PPT EM ECW Team (J. Fronia)
PPT Lot 4 (H. Schuele)
PPT Lot 7 (A. Abkar)

Plenary session 5: Mobility management - administrative aspects

PPT EM ECW Team (S. Minniti)
PPT Lot 3 presentation (B. Billgren)


WS1 - Mediterranean & Middle East

PPT Facts and figures
PPT EC Delegation Syria (P. Martinez)
PPT Lot 3 (B. Billgren)

WS2 - Central Asia

PPT Facts and figures
PPT EuropeAid (B. Iarochevitch)
PPT Lot 8 (J. Coumans)

WS3 - Neighbourhood Eastern Countries & Russia

PPT Facts and figures
PPT EC Delegation Russia (N. Scaramuzzo)
PPT Lot 6 (J. Gonzales)


Conclusions: plenary sessions and workshops

PPT Conclusions