The EU-US and EU-Canada cooperation programmes in higher education and vocational training have been in existence since 1995. In addition, in 2002 pilot cooperation actions were launched with Japan and Australia, and in 2004 with New Zealand. The programmes respond to a real need for academic cooperation between a range of industrialised countries and the EU, complementing the various bilateral initiatives that exist and adding value through multilateral consortia of institutions. More than 200 projects have been launched under the programmes, exchanging no less than 7,000 students between the EU and the partner countries.
In 2006 new agreements were made, extending the cooperation programmes with the US and Canada until 2013. 2008 has also seen the Commission launch a new multi-country call for proposals with Australia, Japan, New Zealand and South Korea. To enhance the knowledge of these cooperation programmes and to support eligible consortia to generate successful projects, a good practices study was contracted out to ECOTEC/ ECORYS Research and Consulting. This brochure is the end result. It extracts key learning from eight projects.
We hope the good practices and the practical tips and tricks we have idendified will provide you with valuable information and recommendations to yield even better outputs and sustainable cooperation in the future, or inspire you to design your own succesfull cooperation project.