Notícia de Cordis del 6 de desembre de 2006 

05 December 2006 – Informal Education Ministerial Meeting: new 8-year agreement signed to boost transatlantic co-operation in higher education, training and youth

17 July 2006 – The Council of the European Union approved the Commission’s proposal for the signature of the new EU-Canada agreement on higher education, training and youth. Text of the draft agreement and of the Council decision

Evaluation report on the EU-US and EU-Canada programmes 2005

The possibility of European Union-Canada co-operation in education and training was envisioned in the Transatlantic Declaration on EU-Canada Relations adopted in November 1990. A formal EU-Canada Co-operation Agreement was concluded in November 1995 and renewed in December 2000 for an additional five years to continue to fund projects focusing on international curriculum development and student mobility, with a greater emphasis on vocational education and training, and language training.

The consortium projects for student exchange, based on jointly designed courses, have been the cornerstone of EU-Canada co-operation in the past. To date, a total of 70 transatlantic consortia have been funded involving over 550 EU and Canadian institutions of higher education and training. These consortium projects involve the participation of more than 4000 students in transatlantic exchanges.

The new programme

The European Union and Canada are in the process of extending the agreement in the fields of higher education, training and youth for another eight-year period (2006-2013). The new agreement, signed on 05 December 2006 at the informal education ministerial meeting in Helsinki (Finland), renews and reinforces the longstanding EU-Canada co-operation programme that was established in 1995. It aims primarily at promoting understanding between the peoples of the European Union and Canada and improving the quality of their human resource development.

Consortium projects will continue to be a cornerstone of the new programme. Important new dimensions are added, such as measures to foster an in-depth dialogue on policy issues, new activities in the area of youth, and the establishment of an alumni association to help keep former grantees in long-term touch with one another and to promote the co-operation scheme among future generations of students.

The EU-Canada Programme is administered jointly by the European Commission’s Directorate General for Education and Culture (DG EAC) and by Human Resources and Social Development Canada (HRSDC), in conjunction with the Canadian Department of Foreign Affairs and International Trade. The new programme plans to implement roughly 210 projects with some 4.500 EU and Canadian individuals participating in mobility activities over the eight year period from 2006 to 2013.

A call for proposals will be published soon supporting new consortium projects that develop and implement Joint Study Programmes. Other actions may be subject of future calls for proposals.

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