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98 EN Official Journal of the European Communities C 81/19

European Community — Canada

Programme for Cooperation in higher Education and Training
Third call for proposals
(98/C 81/10)

On 27 November 1995, the Council adopted a decision existing forms of bilateral cooperation between
concerning the conclusion of a European Community- Member States of the European Community and
Canada programme for cooperation in higher education Canada as well as other programmes and initiatives.
and training.
This call for proposals refers to the major element of the
programme which is the encouragement of joint projects
undertaken by consortia of higher education institution The objectives of the programme are to be achieved by
training establishments and other relevant organisations promoting an innovative range of student-centred higher
on both sides of the Atlantic. The joint consortia education and training cooperative activities between the
programme will be administered on behalf of the different regions of the European Community and
European Community by the European Commission Canada through the encouragement of joint projects
Directorate General for Education, Training and Youth undertaken by European Community/Canadian con-
(DGØXXII) and, on behalf of the Canadian Government, sortia.
by Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC)
and the Department of Foreign Affairs and International The programme is a small-scale initiative supporting in
Trade (DFAIT). this third selection round approximately 6 original
projects which can only or best be carried out through
OBJECTIVES multilateral groupings. It is not intended to duplicate
activities which are or can be carried out on a bilateral
The cooperation programme aims at adding a new basis between the individual Member States of the
European Community/Canadian dimension to student- European Community and Canada.
centred cooperation and to bring balanced benefits to
both the European Community and Canada. THE CONSORTIA PARTNERSHIPS

The specific objectives are to: Each joint consortium must involve at least three active
partners on each side. These must include at least two
(a) promote closer understanding between the peoples of partner higher education or training institutions on each
the European Community and Canada including side in different Member States of the European
broader knowledge of their languages, cultures and Community and in different Provinces of Canada. Third
institutions, and subsequent partners may be other education and
training institutions or other relevant organisations (e.g.
(b) improve the quality of human resource development businesses, NGOs, publishers, government departments,
in both the European Community and Canada, chambers of commerce, research institutes) in the same
or other Member States and Provinces. Programme
(c) improve the quality of transatlantic student mobility, funding, however, is intended only for the academic/
including promoting transparency, mutual recog- training institutions in each consortium. It is vital that all
nition and thus portability of academic credits, academic/training institutions participate fully in the
(d) encourage exchange of expertise in new devel-
opments in higher education and training, including Previous experience as a partner in a European
training in new technologies and the use of distance Community education/training programme (e.g.
education, for the mutual enrichment of practice in Leonardo da Vinci, Socrates/Erasmus, Comett, Tempus,
the European Community and Canada, Petra, Force) is an eligibility criterion for the European
Community lead partner in the EC/Canada consortium.
(e) form or enhance partnerships among higher Details, including reference numbers, should be given
education and training institutions, professional regarding all such involvement(s).
associations, public authorities, business and other
associations as appropriate in both the European

(f)Ùintroduce a European Community and Canadian The focus of projects should be on innovative activities
added-value dimension to transatlantic cooperation which meet a majority of the aforementioned
in higher education and training which complements programme objectives.
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Although all disciplinary fields including new subject In the realisation of the objectives of this programme,
areas and cross-disciplinary studies are eligible for the Commission will ensure that the general policy of the
consideration, proposals will wish to demonstrate their Community of equal opportunities for men and women
particular relevance to the transatlantic character of the is fully respected.
programme. Thus, favourable consideration may be
given to proposals on such topics as: FINANCIAL CONSIDERATIONS
—ÙCanadian/European Community Relations: economic Financial support will be awarded to successful consortia
integration, law and administration, federal and for up to a maximum of three years. Awards are
Community structures, social policy, regional policy, intended to provide seed-funding for carrying out joint
conflict resolution, innovative projects which can be accomplished within
—Ùareas of contemporary policy relevance, three years or which can, once established, be continued
without on-going programme support.
—Ùpedagogically evolving areas where the frontiers of
knowledge are advancing including multidisciplinary Funding will be awarded to successful consortia via the
studies. This might include the production of new lead partners on both sides. The European Commission
course materials or innovative delivery of such (DGØXXII) will provide a total of ECU 600Ø000 to
materials, e.g. through interactive media. support the participation of the European Community
institutions and students in these consortia. Canada will
THE COOPERATIVE ACTIVITIES provide approximately CAD $Ø1Ø000Ø000 for its
Consortia may seek programme support for one or more participants. It is expected that six consortia will be
types of activity as an integrated element of the project. supported.
Consortia should thus aim to pursue a coherent strategy
rather than engage in a range of diverse activities. A For a three-year project, the maximum level of funding
major element of each consortium (with rare and for each consortium is ECU 90Ø000 for the EC group
justified exceptions) will be student mobility. which will, in addition, receive up to ECU 10Ø000 per
consortium earmarked for transatlantic student mobility
Transatlantic cooperative activities eligible for support grants. The maximum funding for each Canadian group,
are: including financial support for students, will be CAD
—Ùdevelopment of organisational frameworks for $Ø160Ø000. Student grants are intended as a contribution
student mobility, including work placements, which towards the financial support of students during a trans-
will provide adequate language preparation and full atlantic study period abroad (travel, higher cost of living,
academic recognition, health insurance).

—Ùstructured exchanges of students, teachers, trainers APPLICATION PROCEDURES FOR EUROPEAN

and administrators in higher education institutions COMMUNITY APPLICANTS
and training establishments, including work
placements as appropriate, The common guidelines and application forms are
—Ùjoint development of innovative curricula, teaching
materials, methods and modules including those —Ùat the Europa Server Internet address, downloadable
exploiting the new education technologies, at
—Ùshort intensive programmes of a minimum of (DGØXXII programmes)
three/four weeks,
—Ùat the main Commission Offices in the Member
—Ùteaching assignments forming an integral part of the
curriculum in a partner institution,
—Ùother innovative projects, including the use of new —Ùat the national agencies for Socrates/Erasmus and
technologies and distance learning, which aim to the national coordination units for Leonardo (one in
improve the quality and cost-effectiveness of transat- each Member State)
lantic cooperation in higher education and training. —Ùon request sent by fax to fax no (32Ø2) 295Ø57Ø19
(European Commission DGØXXII) indicating your
full postal address.
Students should benefit from the project through the
introduction of an appropriate international (European In both the EC and Canada, proposals should be sent by
Community/Canada) perspective into their studies (for registered post or delivered by hand at the latest by
mobile and non-mobile students). 29 May 1998.