Academic Cooperation Programme
the European Union and Latin America
Education Latin America) Programme
- Council Regulation no. 443/92 of 25 February
1992 relating to financial and technical assistance to and economic cooperation
with the countries of Latin America and Asia.
- Article B7-3011 of the
- Phase two of the programme: decision of 4 December 1998
ALFA is a programme that is being implemented through
networks of higher education institutions. The aim is to:
- Create and
strengthen relations of mutual interest between the higher education institutions
of the European Union and Latin America by supporting joint cooperation projects
submitted by the academic communities of the two continents.
- Create systematic
cooperation mechanisms for higher education between the two regions by encouraging
the creation of permanent exchanges between the two regions and within Latin America
itself (EU/LA, LA/LA and LA/EU).
Target public / beneficiaries
Higher education institutions of the
Member States of the European Union and the following countries of Latin America:
Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chili, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador,
Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay, Venezuela.
To participate in the ALFA Programme, the following conditions
must be fulfilled:
- Create a network of at least 6 higher education
institutions each belonging to different countries (3 from Latin America and 3
from the European Union), recognised as such in their own country;
Each network will be coordinated by one institution, designated as "coordinator"
and considered the only member of the network to be the talking partner of the
Other institutions may also join the network.
- adult education or further education centres
- public authorities
- private enterprises.
enterprises may not be coordinators and will not be taken into account when calculating
the minimum number of institutions participating in the network, nor may they
comprise the majority of the network;
Institutions that do not belong to
countries eligible under ALFA may only participate as observers and at their own
Commission has approved the new phase of the programme for a period of six years,
beginning in 2000 and ending in 2005.
In the first four years, the new project
proposals will be evaluated and accepted. The final two years will be devoted
to implementing the projects approved, monitoring their results and performing
the final evaluation of the Programme.
Applications must be filed by 30 April
and 30 October of each year until 2003, and evaluations are scheduled in June
and December respectively for each of the first four years.
Eligible measures / nature of the activities
ALFA consists of two
- Sub-programme A: COOPERATION FOR INSTITUTIONAL
AND ACADEMIC MANAGEMENT
- Sub-programme B: SCIENTIFIC AND
TECHNICAL COOPERATION: mobility of post-graduates and students / short-term specialised
training for researchers
These two programmes support mobility projects
concerning experiences and skills in relation to certain aspects of university
life, which encourage the participation of women, particularly their presence
among those persons involved in the networks of higher education institutions.
Sub-programme A: Cooperation for institutional management
is aimed at developing the management capacity of higher education institutions
in the following fields:
- management of study and educational programmes;
management of research;
- management of evaluation and certification;
management of cooperation actions between higher education institutions and industry;
- management of academic and administrative
- management of services for the academic community;
of activities of academic extension.
For proposals on the theme
of "higher education institutions and industry" and the management of
services of academic extension, special attention is being given to those proposals
which take account of the aspects relating to continuing training.
The activities eligible in the context of institutional cooperation
- elaboration of specific agreements, for example, on the
recognition of studies between the network's partner institutions,
of study plans (common or specific),
- design and elaboration of documents
for the management of the institutions,
- preparation and publication (notably
via the Internet) of work undertaken in approved joint projects.
To accomplish the above-mentioned activities, ALFA will part-fund conferences/seminars,
study trips or short-term stays.
Generally speaking, the following tangible
results are expected:
- agreements signed between institutions;
specific and innovative documents, for example for the management of universities;
production and publication of work undertaken in the context of projects.
the activities of this sub-programme are reserved for administrators and members
of the teaching faculty with management responsibilities in the institutions where
they work. The activities of this sub-programme are for a maximum period of two
Sub-programme B: scientific and technical training: mobility
of post-graduates and students, short-term training for researchers
sub-programme aims to take advantage of and better respond to the requests for
specialised training from one region or another, through the activities that facilitate
the two-way mobility of post-graduates and students between the institutions of
the European Union and Latin America or between the countries of Latin America
that are beneficiaries of the programme.
Scientific fields receiving priority
and other health sciences
- Economics and the social
sciences in general
The following activities are being supported:
of frameworks to organise the transatlantic mobility of students, notably traineeships,
which will offer adequate language preparation and full recognition of degrees,
preparation of structured exchanges of students, professors, instructors in higher
education institutions and vocational training schools, including traineeships.
- secondments for research in university, industrial or government laboratories,
for graduates or students, provided that the students are also enrolled in courses
requiring their presence in class,
- short, intensive programmes,
with stays of up to three months,
- other innovative projects,
notably the utilisation of new technologies and distance education (i.e. virtual
mobility), which aim to improve the quality and cost-benefit ratio of transatlantic
cooperation in higher education and vocational education and training.
For the above-mentioned activities, this programme awards partial and/or complementary
mobility grants for different cycles of training:
- Advanced training:
Stays of 6 to 20 months per grant holder.
- Complementary training: Stays
of 6 to 10 months.
- Short-term training: Stays of up to 3 months.
Research training: Stays of up to 6 months.
Nature and amount of aid
The Commission funding is partial and the
participating institutions must provide for at least 25% of the total cost of
European Union financial contribution
The budget for all the projects
combined amounts to 42 million euros. For each round of evaluation, the Commission
is expected to approve in total 8,300,000 euros worth of projects.
The Directorate-General for External Relations (EuropAid
/ Directorate Latin America) is responsible for the programme's implementation,
with the support of a Technical Assistance Office and a Group of Experts. The
Group of Experts is responsible for examining the applications filed and advising
the European Commission in its decisions. As far as the submission of projects
is concerned, one of the institutions belonging to a network will be designated
as coordinating body and will present a joint proposal on behalf of the network.
- Applicant's guide to the programme
Calls for proposals published in the Official Journal of the European Communities
in all the official languages of the Union and in the daily newspapers of the
This is the official site of the programme. In addition to all the information
concerning the programme, this site offers a search table for partner institutions
for the creation of networks.
Information offices or additional sources of information
Directorate-General for External Relations
Latin America Cooperation Office
Unit: Social Development
Rue de la Loi,
200 B-1049 Brussels
Fax: +32 2 299 10 47
Technical Assistance Office of
the ALFA Programme (TAO)
Rue Joseph II, 36 bte 7, 4th floor, B-1000 Brussels
Tel.: + 32 2 219 04 53 - Fax.: + 32 2 219 63 84
(Information on EU funding)
EuropeAid Cooperation Office
(European Commission - DG External Relations)
date of publication: 03/01