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Capacity Building

What is it?

Higher education institutions can take part in collaborative capacity-building projects set up and managed by a consortium of higher education institutions from the Erasmus+ programme countries on the one hand and those from certain regions of the world on the other, including:

  • the EU's neighbouring countries,
  • Russia,
  • EU candidate and potential candidate countries,
  • Latin America,
  • Asia,
  • Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries.

Capacity building projects can be:

  • Joint projects: these help higher education institutions from partner countries to develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula, teaching methods or materials, as well as to boost quality assurance and governance of higher education institutions.
  • Structural projects: to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems in partner countries; to enhance their quality and relevance, promote regional cooperation and increase convergence.

In partner countries neighbouring the EU, capacity-building projects will also be able to include a mobility strand targeted at students and staff from the institutions involved in the project.

Institutions from all regions mentioned above can submit a proposal for a capacity-building project under an Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. Projects will have to involve at least three universities from three different Programme countries and two universities per Partner country involved.

What is it for?

Capacity building projects can improve skills and modernise higher education systems and institutions, and create better partnerships between the EU and education systems across the world.

Who can take part?

Higher education institutions in Programme and eligible Partner countries may apply.

Info and contact

Contact the EACEA for more information on capacity building projects.

The current Erasmus+ call for proposals and programme guide do not yet include two actions targeted at cooperation with partner countries- the international credit mobility and the capacity building action in higher education. These two actions are funded from the EU external cooperation instruments, which will be launched at a later stage in 2014.