What is it about?

The European Commission has an active policy for cooperation in education (higher education in particular) and training with non-European Union (EU) countries, with five main priorities:

  1. To advance the EU as a centre of excellence in education and training
  2. To support partner countries outside the EU in their modernisation efforts
  3. To promote common values and closer understanding between different peoples and cultures
  4. To support Member States and higher education institutions in the EU and beyond in their internationalisation efforts
  5. To improve the quality of services and human resources in the EU and beyond through mutual learning, comparison and exchange of good practice.

Why is it needed?

Cooperation with non-EU countries enhances the quality of education and training in the EU and beyond by promoting peer-to-peer learning and comparison with education systems worldwide.

It boosts innovation and job creation through mobility, and offers opportunities for staff and students to broaden their horizons through participation in EU programmes. European universities have a positive record of internationalisation; they have facilitated the development of international curricula and joint degrees, fostered international research and innovation projects, and supported the exchange of students, staff, and knowledge.