The EU and US work together to promote understanding between their citizens and better equip them for the world of work.
The current agreement on EU-US cooperation in higher/vocational education & training (2006) runs until 2013 and will ultimately fund over 200 projects, enabling 6,000 students and teachers to take part in exchanges of one type or another. Activities under the agreement include:
Atlantis has funded:
For budget reasons, the US has cancelled all current and future calls for proposals until 2013. The European Commission and the US Department of Education are currently exploring ways to strengthen their exchanges and cooperation in the field of education with a view to ensuring their smooth integration with the future Erasmus for All programme. For more information, see EU-US Atlantis programme.
Financed by the US State Department and DG Education and Culture, Schuman Fulbright grants provide scholarships for 1 semester or 1 year of study, research or lecturing overseas to highly qualified professionals from the EU and the US.
For more information, see Schuman-Fulbright programme.
The OCEANS network promotes links between students and alumni, staff and faculty members, partners and promoters of exchange programmes and joint/double degree projects.
Its main purpose is to promote friendship, cooperation, understanding and professional development by creating long-term relationships.
EU and US education policymakers meet regularly to discuss ways to increase how they can cooperate and exchange ideas on challenges and trends, including:
The 2012 EU-US Education Policy Forum will examine how higher education contributes to the knowledge economy and society.
One outcome of the policy dialogue has been a joint EU-US "Tuning" project. Tuning involves examining academic programmes in a particular discipline and identifying what knowledge and skills students should have once they complete their degree.
The joint project has helped to develop a robust method for evaluating the impact of the Tuning approach in the US and EU in terms of behaviour, learning and completion rates.
Studies published by the European Commission and its US peers to delve deeper into issues of common interest include:
Emerging skills – a transatlantic study (2011) – proposes joint actions in the areas of key-skills development, accountability and performance, entrepreneurship in education, and the anticipation of skills needs.
Use of credit systems in higher education cooperation between EU/US (2011) – identifies elements of good practice which facilitate successful recognition of credits and qualifications gained through study abroad.