Education and Training programmes

The European Union (EU) is committed to promoting access to quality basic education for all children, youth and adults. In line with this, the achievement of the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) of universal primary education and gender equality in education is a key priority of the EU’s development policy. Moreover, specific focus lies on quality issues, vocational training and higher education.

In doing so, the EU uses various methods of aid delivery to support education in Georgia. Funds are allocated to carry out specific projects, to sustain the education sector and to grant direct support to the state budget.

In Georgia, the EU's action in support of education is financed by means of two types of instruments:

  • Implementation of the education policy at national and regional level is supported by the European Neighbourhood & Partnership Instrument (ENPI)
  • Actions funded under the thematic programme investing in people focus in particular on promoting equal access to quality basic education for hard-to reach children and improving opportunities for vocational education and skills training.

Brief description of Education & Training programmes

Erasmus Mundus

Erasmus Mundus (2009-2013) is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with third countries like Georgia. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of higher education institutions in third countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries. The Erasmus Mundus Programme 2009-2013 is composed of 3 different actions, all managed by the Executive Agency:

  1. Higher education institutions to implement joint programmes at postgraduate level or to set-up inter-institutional cooperation partnerships between universities from Europe and Third-Countries; i.e. Erasmus Mundus joint programmes of outstanding quality at masters (Action 1 A) and doctoral (Action 1 B) levels including scholarships/fellowships to participate in these programmes;

  2. Individual students, researchers and university staff who wish to spend a study/ research/teaching period in the above mentioned joint programmes or cooperation partnerships; i.e. Erasmus Mundus Partnerships between European and third country higher education institutions including scholarships and fellowships for mobility at all academic levels (Action 2). Erasmus Mundus Partnerships has replaced Erasmus Mundus Cooperation Window. Link: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/extcoop/results/2007/documents/project_fact_sheet_lot_5.pdf
    Project: http://www.erasmusmundus5.gr
    Study in Europe: http://ec.europa.eu/education/study-in-europe/
    On EU Master programmes: http://www.mastersportal.eu/

  3. Promotion of European higher education through projects to enhance the attractiveness of Europe as an educational destination and a centre of excellence at world level, i.e. developing projects aiming at enhancing the attractiveness, profile, visibility and image of European higher education worldwide. It includes more opportunities to encourage the participation of Partner Countries (doctoral fellowships, increased focus on Quality Assurance, students/doctors employability prospects etc). Applications for master courses and joint doctoral programmes are accepted on a yearly basis.
    Link: http://ec.europa.eu/education/external-relation-programmes/doc72_en.htm
    Further information: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/index_en.php
    FAQ: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/erasmus_mundus/tools/faq_en.php

Tempus

Tempus is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects. Tempus considers the cooperation of the academies of the partner-countries with European universities, that is based on sharing of experience in the field of European standards for education, elaboration of educational agendas and programmes that fits the market economy, provision of modern literature, trainings for the rising the level of teaching skills, students` study abroad, improvement of the universities` management, university reform, application and development of new informational technologies, with preparation of non-academic staff at the university basis.

Through Tempus two types of actions are financed: Joint Projects aiming at improving the management and governance of higher education institutions or developing new academic programmes; Structural Measures aiming at enhancing the quality and relevance of higher education systems, and increase their convergence with EU developments.

At the moment there are six ongoing Tempus projects with participation of Georgian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with a total budget of more than € 3.3 m. 10 Georgian HEIs are involved in current projects – three of them (Tbilisi State University, Georgian Technical University and Ilia State University) even in two projects simultaneously. Only two regional Universities (from Telavi and Kutaisi) are involved in current Tempus projects – the rest are from the capital.

Links: http://ec.europa.eu/education/external-relation-programmes/doc70_en.htm
Information available in Georgian: http://www.tempus.ge/

National Tempus Office in Georgia:
Address: 34 Kasbegi Avenue, Plot #3, Tbilisi 0177, Georgia
Phone/Fax: +995-32- 420030
Head of the NTO: Lika Glonti; E-mail: lglonti@geo.net.ge

The Jean Monnet Programme for understanding European integration

The Jean Monnet Programme stimulates teaching, research and reflection on European integration at higher education institutions throughout the world. Since its inception, the Jean Monnet Programme has been built on the strict respect of the principle of academic autonomy and freedom. The Jean Monnet programme contains three distinct key activities:

  • The Jean Monnet Action (support for University-level projects on European integration) includes the creation of Jean Monnet Chairs, Centres of Excellence, Modules, Information and Research activities as well as support for academic associations of professors and researchers in European integration. Jean Monnet projects are selected on the basis of their academic merits and following a process of rigorous and independent peer review.
  • Support for six specific academic institutions pursuing an aim of European interest: College of Europe, European University Institute, European Institute of Public Administration, Academy of European Law, International Centre for European Training, and European Agency for Development in Special Needs Education. These six institutions do not need to apply for funding as they have been explicitly listed in the Lifelong Learning Programme by the European Parliament and the Council.
  • Support for European-wide associations active at European level in the field of education and training. These European associations must be present in at least 12 EU Member States. There is a specific annual call for proposals for the selection of these associations.

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/education/lifelong-learning-programme/doc88_en.htm
More info on: http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/llp/jean_monnet/jean_monnet_en.php

The Delegation of the European Union encourages Georgian Universities to participate in these initiatives for mutual benefit.

Youth in Action

Youth in Action is the programme the EU has set up for young people. It aims to inspire a sense of active European citizenship, solidarity and tolerance among young Europeans and to involve them in shaping the Union's future. It promotes mobility within and beyond the EU's borders, non-formal learning and intercultural dialogue, and encourages the inclusion of all young people, regardless of their educational, social and cultural background: Youth in Action is a programme for all. Every year, thousands of projects are submitted by promoters in order to get financial support from the programme; a selection process aims at granting the best projects.

Easter Partnership Youth Window: new opportunities for cooperation in the field of youth - 2012

Link: http://ec.europa.eu/youth/index_en.htm
More at http://eacea.ec.europa.eu/youth/programme/about_youth_en.php

Support for Georgia is provided by the:
SALTO EASTERN EUROPE & CAUCASUS RESOURCE CENTRE
Polish National Agency of the Youth in Action Programme
Foundation for the development of the Education system/ based in Warsaw
E-mail: eeca@salto-youth.net
Website: http://www.salto-youth.net/eeca/

SALTO YOUTH multipliers in Georgia:

  1. George Kakulia from Academy for Peace and Development (Tbilisi), e-mail: giorgi.kakulia@apd.ge
  2. Rusudan Kalichava from Association ATINATI (Zugdidi), e-mail: rusudan@atinati.org
  3. Giorgi Kikalishvili from Youth Association DRONI (YAD) (Zugdidi), e-mail: giokika@yahoo.com
  4. Pavle Tvaliashvili from SIQA - Georgian Association of Educational Initiatives + NEWS (Rustavi), e-mail: pavle@ctc.org.ge

European Union Visitors Programme

The European Union Visitors Programme (EUVP) enables young leaders from non EU-member countries with a professional interest in EU affairs to visit the institutions of the European Union, as individual guests of the European Parliament and the European Commission. The programme is intended for young opinion-formers between 25 and 45 year old (i.e. young politicians, journalists specialising in foreign affairs, academics specialising in EU and international affairs. The programme covers travel and subsistence costs).

Traineeships in the EU institutions:

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