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Industrialised Countries


The EU has set up joint study programmes with other industrialised countries, particularly in North America and the Asia-Pacific region, that provide financial support for student mobility. Such co-operation enhances the quality of higher education and vocational training for both partners and promotes greater intercultural understanding.


The overarll aims are to:

  • Promote better relations between European and partner countries' citizens, and improve understanding of cultures, languages and institutions.
  • Facilitate the acquisition of skills needed for the global knowledge-based economy.

The main activities are:

  • Joint/double degree projects, launched with the US in 2006, which support consortia of higher education institutions in creating integrated joint study programmes with students from the two sides who are spending a substantial period of study in the partner country and receiving either a joint or a double degree;
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  • Joint mobility projects which are set up and run by a group of higher education and/or vocational education and training institutions from the EU and a partner country. Activities focus on short-term mobility of students (typically one semester) with recognition of study abroad periods, joint curriculum development, and exchange of trainees, teaching staff or administrators; 
  • Policy dialogue and projects which address strategic issues related to education and training systems and policies of the EU and its partner countries. Activities include studies, seminars, working groups and benchmarking exercises. Relevant issues include recognition of qualifications and accreditation.


More information

ECRAAL - European Centre for Research in Asia, Africa and Latin America
Rond Point Schuman 6, 1040 Brussels - Scotland House
Tel: +32 2 282 84 16