Cooperation with Developing Countries
ERASMUS MUNDUS – Action 2
Attention to developing countries has risen considerably thanks to Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (former External Cooperation Window), the European Commission programme designed to foster institutional cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and developing countries, through a mobility scheme addressing student and academic exchanges for the purpose of studying, teaching, training and research.
Participating countries are grouped together in geographical areas called lots. Each project is coordinated by a European University and offers scholarships for the targeted mobility flows from and to that geographical area.
Until now, the University of Padova has been involved in 17 successful projects and has coordinated four of them (BAPE, ARTESS, PRECIOSA and SILKROUTE – the latter three are still ongoing). These projects have enabled the University of Padova to expand its network of international relationships to Asia and Latin America.
The last EU call for applications aimed at funding Erasmus Mundus – Action 2 partnerships was in 2014.