The European Commission has chosen 159 initiatives to receive funding through the Erasmus+ Capacity Building for Higher Education program, which is dedicated to enhancing the quality of higher education and promoting its modernisation across third countries.
In a recent statement, the EU Commission said that in the current selection of projects, over 2,500 individuals involved in higher education across nearly 130 EU countries will collaborate, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
According to the same authority, the allocated budget for this year, amounting to €115.3 million, will also be used to support several initiatives.
“The overall 2023 budget of €115.3 million will, for example, advance the professionalisation of maths in Central Africa; university studies in equity and equality law for vulnerable groups in Latin America; curricula for a sustainable blue economy in the Southern Mediterranean; and courses for transformative change in health education in South-East Asia,” the statement reads.
The EU also set aside an additional €5 million to support an Erasmus+ project in Ukraine in order to bolster the digital landscape within Ukrainian universities.
In this regard, the Commission pointed out that the initiative named “DigiUni” would run over a period of four years, developing a digital platform tailored to the needs of universities in Ukraine.
It noted that this platform is poised to offer significant advantages to students who have been compelled to leave the country or find themselves internally displaced. The primary objective is to ensure uninterrupted education for students enrolled in Ukrainian higher education institutions, adhering to the Ukrainian language and curriculum standards.
Moreover, the DigiPlatform will also serve as a dedicated digital learning hub designed explicitly for creating training modules focused on effective online teaching methodologies.
As the EU Commission explains, this project will entail robust collaboration among higher education institutions and key stakeholders from six EU Member States – Belgium, Czechia, France, Germany, Poland, and Spain.
In addition, the initiative will involve the participation of 15 other esteemed partners within Ukraine. This reputable group consists of nine national universities, the Ministries of Education and Digital Transformation, the National Agency for Higher Education Quality Assurance, as well as three associations dedicated to representing the IT sector and students.
Within the program’s commitment to supporting the Neighbourhood East region, an additional 19 Capacity Building projects involving Ukrainian universities and relevant authorities have been initiated. The EU Commission also revealed that the timeline for progress entails the formalisation of grant agreements, a process expected to be concluded by November 2023.
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