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Call: Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education: Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education

Programme
Acronym Erasmus+ - KA2
Description of programme
"Erasmus+ - Key Action 2 – Cooperation among Organisations and Institutions"

This Key Action supports:

  • Partnerships for Cooperation, including Cooperation Partnerships and Small-scale Partnerships;
  • Partnerships for Excellence, including Centres for Vocational Excellence, Teachers Academy and Erasmus
  • Mundus Action;
  • Partnerships for Innovation, including Alliances and Forward-looking projects;
  • Capacity Building projects in the field of youth;
  • Not-for-profit European sport events.

For the participating organisations, projects supported under this Key Action are intended to produce the following outcomes:

  • innovative approaches for addressing their target groups, by providing for example: more attractive education and training programmes, in line with individual needs and expectations; use of participatory approaches and digital methodologies; new or improved processes of recognition and validation of competences; greater effectiveness of activities for the benefit of local communities; new or improved practices to cater for the needs of targets groups with fewer opportunities and to deal with differences in learning outcomes linked to the geographical and socio-economic disparities; new approaches to address social, ethnic, linguistic and cultural diversity; new approaches to better support competitiveness and employment in particular at regional and local level; recognition of excellence in language learning or teaching through the European Language Label;
  • a more modern, dynamic, committed and professional environment inside the organisation: ready to integrate good practices and new methods including digital capabilities into daily activities; open to synergies with organisations active in different fields or in other socio-economic sectors; strategic planning of professional development for staff in line with individual needs and organisational objectives;
  • increased capacity and professionalism to work at EU/international level: improved management competences and internationalisation strategies; reinforced cooperation with partners from other countries, other fields of education, training and youth and/or other socio-economic sectors; increased allocation of financial resources (other than EU funds) to organise EU/international projects in the field of education, training and youth; increased quality in the preparation, implementation, monitoring and follow-up of EU/international projects;monitoring and follow-up of EU/international projects;
  • increased knowledge and awareness regarding sport and physical activity:
  • increased awareness of the role of sport in promoting social inclusion, equal opportunities and a healthy lifestyle;

Projects funded under this Key Action are also likely to have a positive impact on the persons directly or indirectly involved in the activities, such as:

  • increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
  • increased competence in foreign languages;
  • increased level of digital competence;
  • greater understanding and responsiveness to all kinds of diversity, e.g. social, ethnic, linguistic, gender and cultural diversity as well as diverse abilities;
  • improved levels of skills for employability and new business creation (including social entrepreneurship);
  • more active participation in society;
  • more positive attitude towards the European project and the EU values;
  • better understanding and recognition of skills and qualifications in Europe and beyond;
  • improved competences, linked to occupational profiles (teaching, training, youth work, sport coaching, etc.);
  • better understanding of practices, policies and systems in education, training, youth and sport across countries;
  • better understanding of interconnections between formal, non-formal education, vocational training, other forms of learning and labour market respectively;
  • increased opportunities for professional development;
  • increased motivation and satisfaction in daily work;
  • increased practice of sport and physical activity.

At systemic level, they are expected to trigger modernisation and reinforce the response of education and training systems and youth policies to the main challenges of today's world: environmental sustainability, digital transformation, employment, economic stability and growth, but also the need to promote social, civic and intercultural competences, intercultural dialogue, democratic values and fundamental rights, social inclusion, mental health and well-being, non-discrimination and active citizenship, critical thinking and media literacy.
Therefore, the impact of this Key Action is intended to be:

  • increased quality of education and training, youth work and sport practices in Europe and beyond: combining higher levels of excellence and attractiveness with increased opportunities for all;
  • education, training and youth systems that are better aligned to the needs of and opportunities offered by the labour market, and closer links to business and the community;
  • improved provision and assessment of basic and transversal skills, particularly: entrepreneurship, social, civic, intercultural and language competences, critical thinking, digital skills and media literacy;
  • increased synergies and links and improved transition between the different sectors of education, training and youth at national level, with improved use of European reference tools for recognition, validation and transparency of competences and qualifications;
  • increased use of learning outcomes when describing and defining qualifications, parts of qualifications and curricula, in support to teaching and learning and in assessment;
  • increased awareness and openness to social diversity and increased inclusiveness and accessibility of education systems and possibilities
  • new and increased inter-regional and transnational cooperation of public authorities in the fields of education, training and youth;
  • more strategic and integrated use of ICTs and open educational resources (OER) in education, training and youth systems;
  • increased motivation for language learning through innovative teaching methods or better links to practical use of language skills required by the labour market;
  • reinforced interaction between practice, research and policy.
  • increased level of participation in sport and physical activity as a tool for health and well being
  • increased knowledge on how to tackle cross-border threats to the integrity of sport, such as doping, match fixing and violence, as well as all kinds of intolerance and discrimination better support of good governance in sport and dual careers of athletes;
  • increased recognition of voluntary activities in sport;
  • increased mobility of volunteers, coaches, managers and staff of non-profit sport organisations;
  • increased social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport.
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Call
Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education: Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education
Description of call
"Capacity Building in the field of Higher Education: Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education"

The Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) action supports international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of higher education. It supports the relevance, quality, modernisation and responsiveness of higher education in third countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme for socio-economic recovery, growth and prosperity and reacting to recent trends, in particular economic globalisation but also the recent decline in human development, fragility, and rising social, economic and environmental inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The action is expected to contribute to the overarching priorities of the European Commission: the Green Deal (including climate change, environment and energy), digital transformation and data technologies, alliances for sustainable growth and jobs, migration partnerships, and governance, peace and security and to the external dimension of EU internal policies in the field of education. It will support a successful green and sustainable global economic recovery in the third countries not associated to the Erasmus+ programme, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement.

The activities and outcomes of CBHE projects must be geared to benefit the eligible third countries not associated to the programme, their higher education institutions (HEI) and systems.

Activities

The activities proposed must be directly linked to the objectives above, the regional priority areas, the characteristics of the Strands (see below) and they must be detailed in a project description covering the entire implementation period.

In the context of this action, project activities must be geared to strengthen and benefit the eligible third countries not associated to the programme, their HEIs and other organisations active in the field of higher education and systems.

Funded projects will be able to integrate a wide range of cooperation, exchange, communication and other activities, examples of which are provided under the description of the three Strands available under this action. The proposed activities should bring an added value and will have a direct impact on the achievement of the project results.

Geographical Targets

CBHE projects can be implemented as:

  • National projects, i.e. projects involving institutions from only one eligible third country not associated to the Erasmus + programme;
  • Multi-country (regional) projects within one single eligible Region;
  • Multi-country projects involving more than one Region (cross-regional) and involving at least one country from each eligible Region.

For each Region there is a defined budget and further information on the amounts available are published on the Funding and Tender Opportunities Portal (FTOP).

In addition to special attention being paid to improve equitable and gender balanced access to HEIs in third countries not associated to the programme, in particular for people with fewer opportunities, the action will take an inclusive approach in all regions with the aim to increase the participation of the poorest and least developed third countries not associated to the programme.

Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education

Projects under this Strand shall address the different state of advancement and challenges of HEIs located in eligible third countries not associated to the programme, enhance the impact of the programme and where relevant complement other sources of funding. They shall introduce new approaches and initiatives in higher education, based on peer learning and transfer of experience and good practice affecting not only the institutions but also the society at large. Partnerships for transformation in higher education are complex and innovative capacity building projects based on a transfer of experience, competencies and good practice with a range of interconnected activities that aim to strengthen the capacities of the targeted HEIs to address the 21st century challenges such as migration, climate change,governance and shifts towards a digital economy. The projects’ outcomes should have a significant and long-term impact on the targeted HEIs beyond the projects' lifetime and as such benefitting the society as a whole.

In particular, these projects will combine the following elements for the benefit of HEIs in the third countries not associated to the E+ programme:

  • Innovation in higher education in order to enhance its relevance for the labour market and the society. It is expected that the proposed projects address mismatches between the requirements of employers and the offer of higher education institutions and propose integral solutions to enhance better employability of students. This can be done by implementing comprehensive interventions that include:
    • the design of innovative curricula and introducing innovative elements in the existing curricula;
    • the implementation of innovative learning and teaching methods (i.e. learner-centred and real problembased teaching and learning);
    • the active engagement with the business world and with research, the organisation of continuing educational programmes and activities with and within enterprises;
    • the strengthening of the capacities of HEIs in the third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme to network effectively in research, scientific and technological innovation.
  • Promoting reform in HEIs to become catalysts of economic and social development in the third countries not associated to the programme. Projects should support HEIs to develop and implement the institutional reforms that will make them more democratic, inclusive, equitable and full-fledged constituents of the civil society. Institutional reforms include new governance and management systems and structures, readiness in terms of digital skills, modern university services, quality assurance processes, tools and methods for professionalization and professional development of academic, technical and administrative staff. The development of an entrepreneurial mind-set and improved competencies and skills within the institutions are key aspects for the success of this Strand. Transversal skills learning, entrepreneurship education and the practical application of entrepreneurial skills will enable HEIs to put their knowledge and resources at the service of their local/national/regional communities.

Activities

The proposed activities and project results should have a clear added-value for the targeted beneficiaries. A nonexhaustive list of possible activities is provided below:

  • development, testing and adaptation of innovative curricula in terms of content [key competences and transversal skills, (entrepreneurship, problem solving, green jobs etc.)], structure (modular, joint…) and teaching/learning methods (including the use of open and flexible learning, virtual mobility, open educational resources, blended learning, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), etc.);
  • development, testing and implementation of new learning methods, tools and materials (like new multidisciplinary curricula, learner-centred and real problem-based teaching and learning) through practical
    training and placements of students;
  • introduction of Bologna-type reforms (three-level cycle system, transparency tools such as credit systems and Diploma Supplement, quality assurance, evaluation, National/Regional Qualification Frameworks, recognition of prior and non-formal learning, etc.) at institutional level;
  • introducing practical training schemes, internships and study of real-life cases in business and industry, which are fully embedded in the curriculum, recognised and credited;
  • introducing dual learning systems bridging tertiary studies with upper secondary VET as a mean to boost the employability of graduates;
  • development of solutions for challenging issues, product and process innovation (students, professors and practitioners together);
  • development and testing solutions to pressing social demands not addressed by the market and directed towards vulnerable groups in society; addressing societal challenges or relating to changes in attitudes and values, strategies and policies, organisational structures and processes, delivery systems and services;
  • support the creation of centres, incubators for innovation, technology transfer and business start-ups, and the integration of education, research and innovation at institutional/regional/national level;
  • development and testing of continuous education programmes and activities with and within enterprises;
  • set-ups to trial and test innovative measures; exchanges of students, researchers, teaching staff and enterprise staff for a limited period; providing incentives for involvement of enterprise staff into teaching and research;
  • reform of governance and management systems and structures at institutional level (incl. quality assurance methods and systems, financial management and HEI autonomy, international relations, student services and
    counselling, career guidance, academic and research boards, etc.);
  • development of strategies and tools for the internationalisation of HEIs (international openness of curricula, interinstitutional mobility schemes), and their capacity to network effectively in research, scientific and technological innovation (scientific cooperation and knowledge transfer, etc.);
  • development and testing solutions to pressing social demands not addressed by the market and directed towards vulnerable groups in society; addressing societal challenges or relating to changes in attitudes and values, strategies and policies, organisational structures and processes, delivery systems and services;
  • development of solutions for challenging issues, product and process innovation (students, professors and practitioners together);
  • development, adaptation and delivery of tools and methods for the upskilling, evaluation/assessment, professionalization and professional development of academic and administrative staff, for the initial training of
    teachers and continuous career development.
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Thematic Focus Children & Youth, Education & Training, Equal Rights, Human Rights, People with Disabilities, Social Inclusion, Capacity Building, Cooperation Networks, Institutional Cooperation, Clustering, Development Cooperation, Economic Cooperation, Research & Innovation, Technology Transfer & Exchange, Community Integration, European Citizenship, Shared Services, Employment & Labour Market, Administration & Governance, Competitiveness, SME
Funding area EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
Sub Saharan Africa
Iceland / Ísland
Liechtenstein
Norway / Norge
Origin of Applicant EU Member States
Overseas Countries and Territories (OCTs)
EU Neighbourhood Policy Countries
Sub Saharan Africa
Iceland / Ísland
Liechtenstein
Norway / Norge
Eligible applicants University, Federal State / Region / City / Municipality / Local Authority, Research Institution, Education and Training Centres, Public Services, NGO / NPO, Other, National Government
Applicant details Eligiblke are HEIs, associations or organisations of HEIs, established in an EU Member state or third country associated to the Erasmus+ programme, or in an eligible third country not associated to the Erasmus + programme. The applicant institution applies on behalf of all participating organisations involved in the proposal.

Each participating organisation must be established in an EU Member state or third country associated to the Erasmus + programme, or in an eligible third country not associated to the Erasmus + programme.

Eligible third countries not associated to the Erasmus+ Programme for this action:
All third countries not associated to the programme (please see section "Eligible Countries" in Part A of the programm Guide) in Regions 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11.

Eligible participating organisations:
  • any public or private organisation defined as higher education institution and recognised as such by the competent authorities of the country where it is located, with its affiliated entities (if any), offering full study programmes leading to higher education degrees and recognised diplomas at tertiary education qualifications level (defined as higher education institution and recognised as such by the competent authorities);
  • any public or private organisation, with its affiliated entities (if any), active in the labour market or in the fields of education, training and youth located in eligible third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme. For example, such organisation can be:
    • a public, private small medium or large enterprise (including social enterprises);
    • a public body at local, regional or national level (including ministries);
    • a social partner or other representative of working life, including chambers of commerce, craft/professional associations and trade unions;
    • a research institute;
    • a foundation;
    • a school/institute (on any level, from pre-school to upper secondary education, including vocational education and adult education);
    • a non-profit organisation, association, NGO (including national or international associations or associations/networks of HEIs, students or teachers associations, etc.);
    • a cultural organisation, library, museum;
    • a body providing career guidance, professional counselling and information services.
Project Partner Yes
Project Partner Details National projects addressing only one third country not associated to the Erasmus+ programme)

One eligible third country not associated to the programme and a minimum two EU Member states or countries associated to the programme must be involved in the project.

HEI participation
Projects must include, as full partners, the minimum number of HEIs, as follows:
  • Minimum 1 HEI from each participating EU Member state or third country associated to the programme, and
  • Minimum 2 HEIs from the participating third country not associated to the programme.
Multi-country projects addressing two or more third countries not associated to the Erasmus + programme

Minimum two eligible third countries not associated to the Programme and minimum two EU Member states or countries associated to the Programme must be involved in the project. Third countries not associated to the programme can be from the same Region (regional projects) or from different Regions (cross-regional projects) covered by the Action.

HEI participation
These projects must include, as full partners, the minimum number of HEIs, as follows:
  • Minimum 1 HEI from each participating EU Member state or third country associated to the Erasmus + Erasmus + programme, and
  • Minimum 2 HEIs from each of the participating third countries not associated to theErasmus + programme.
Type of Funding Grants
Financial details This action follows a lump sum funding model. The amount of the single lump sum contribution will be determined for each grant based on the estimated budget of the action proposed by the applicant. The granting authority will fix the lump sum of each grant based on the proposal, evaluation result, funding rates and the maximum grant amount set in the call.

The EU grant per project is as follows:
  • For Strand 2 - Partnerships for transformation in higher education: Between EUR 400,000 and EUR 800,000 per project

The indicative 2022 CBHE budget of Strand 2 per Region (in EURO) and the indicative number of projects to be funded are defined below.

Regions

Indicative budget

Indicative n° of projects

Region 1 - Western Balkans

4,808,000

6

Region 2 - Neighbourhood East

5,814,7107

Region 3 - South-Mediterranean countries

4,926,6606

Region 4 - Russian Federation

2,468,5003

Region 5 - Asia

14,613,36018

Region 6 - Central Asia

4,111,0605

Region 7 - Middle East

00

Region 8 - Pacific

00

Region 9 - Sub-Saharan Africa

10,834,530

13

Region 10 - Latin America

7,486,6009

Region 11 - Caribbean

543,380

1

Total 2022 CBHE indicative budget

55,606,80068
Submission Proposals must be submitted electronically via the Funding & Tenders Portal Electronic Submission System. Paper submissions are NOTpossible.
Contact Details

European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) - https://www.eacea.ec.europa.eu/index_en

Since 2006, the European Education and Culture Executive Agency has been a catalyst for projects in education, training, youth, sport, audiovisual, culture, citizenship and humanitarian aid. On behalf of the European Commission, EACEA strives to foster innovation in these areas, always in a spirit of cross-border cooperation and mutual respect.

EACEA are project managers, facilitators of knowledge exchange, and supporters of European projects that connect people and cultures.

National Agencies

To bring Erasmus+ as close as possible to the participants and make sure it works well across different countries, the EU works with National Agencies to manage the programme.

The National Agencies are based in Programme Countries and their role involves

  • providing information on Erasmus+
  • selecting projects to be funded
  • monitoring and evaluating Erasmus+
  • supporting applicants and participants
  • working with other National Agencies and the EU
  • promoting Erasmus+
  • sharing success stories and best practices

The list of National Agencies can be found here. Countries not in the list of Programme countries may alternately have a National Erasmus+ Office.

National Erasmus+ Offices

National Erasmus+ Offices (NEOs) assist the European Commission and local authorities in the implementation of Erasmus+ in certain Partner Countries.

These countries are located in the Western Balkans, the Eastern and Southern Mediterranean and Central Asia. Russia also has a National Office.

Providing information on Erasmus+, monitoring and evaluating funded projects, assisting applicants and participants, supporting policy dialogue and maintaining contact with local authorities and EU Delegations are among the responsibilities of the NEOs.

The list of National Erasmus+ Offices is available on the website of the Education, Culture, and Audiovisual Executive Agency.

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