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Erasmus Mundus - External Cooperation Window

Partnership Conference: Running a successful ECW Partnership

Brussels, Management Centre Europe, 29-30th September 2008

The Executive Agency organised the second EM ECW Partnership Conference to meet the partnerships selected under the second Call for proposals. The objectives were to provide the selected partnership 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 (EACEA).

The conference aimed at offering a comprehensive insight in the management of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window mobility scheme. It provided an annual forum for discussion of the programme progress to date, as regards to project implementation, and for suggestions for its future directions in the programme management by the Agency. Besides this strategic approach, the conference intended to review the two aspects of the programme: the organisation of the mobility and the implementation of the mobility through bilateral meetings with Agency Team and presentations by the partnerships, the Commission and the Agency representatives.

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

The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Partnership Conference 2008 took place on 29-30th September 2008, in Brussels.

The presence of 95 representatives of the selected partnerships, together with 20 representatives from the EC Commission (Europe Aid, Enlargement and EC Delegations) and the Agency have favoured the debate and enriched the discussion: 13 European countries and 20 Third-countries were represented.

Four plenary sections were devoted to depict the general frame of the programme and to introduce specific aspects linked with the implementation of the mobility schemes. Five regional workshops were dedicated to observe with the concerned partnerships 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:

  • 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
  • by enhancing capacities, employability and career development of the participating European and Third country students and academics

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.

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Plenary session (PS 2)  


5 Regional Workshops: regional aspects of mobility


Plenary session (PS 3): Wrap-up session on the Regional workshops:

  • - RW 1 (Mr Mohammed Taleb Obaidat, Jordan University of Science and Technology)

  • - RW 2 (Mr Abdumalik Djumanov, Westminster International University in Tashkent)

  • - RW 3  (Mr Egon Hovnikar, European Commission, DG AIDCO)

  • - RW 4 (Mr Valère Meus, Ghent University)

  • - RW 5 (Mr Marc Van der Meijde, ITC – Science & Earth Observation)


Plenary session (PS 4): Erasmus Mundus II - Programme (2009-2013)


- Conclusions (Mr Joachim Fronia)