Capacity Building Projects (ex-Tempus)

Capacity Building Projects continue activities of a Tempus programme, focusing on reforms, institutional collaboration and exchange of practices / experience among peers.

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 a particular region of the world on the other (the EU's neighbouring countries, Russia, EU candidate and potential candidate countries, Latin America, Asia, Africa-Caribbean-Pacific countries). These 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 certain 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 the regions mentioned above can submit a proposal for a capacity-building project under an Erasmus+ Call for Proposals. 

List of CBHE projects 

Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships offer the opportunity to organisations active in the fields of education, training and youth, as well as enterprises, public authorities, civil society organisations active in different socio-economic sectors to cooperate in order to implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work, institutional modernisation and societal innovation. Erasmus+ offers great flexibility in terms of activities that Strategic Partnerships can implement, as long as the proposal demonstrates that these activities are the most appropriate to reach the objectives defined for the project.

Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and enterprise staff;
  • facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

For what concerns the Strategic Partnerships and the Knowledge Alliances, opportunities for Partner countries are very limited. The need to demonstrate the added value (i.e. that a particular expertise cannot be found in Europe) of Partner Countries is a passing factor.

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