The annual Information Day about the European Union's Erasmus+ programme took place today.
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The annual Information Day about the European Union's Erasmus+ programme took place today. Erasmus+ is the EU programme for Education, Training, Youth and Sport. The purpose of the Information Day is to ensure that Lebanese higher education institutions are well prepared to submit their proposals for support.
Participants were informed on the different key actions of the Erasmus+ programme, good practices were presented and training on how to design a project was conducted. Additional EU opportunities for higher education institutions and individuals under the EU programme Horizon 2020 in the field of research were also presented at the event.
Education and Higher Education Minister Marwan Hamadeh said: "The European Union Erasmus+ Programme and its predecessor the Tempus Programme played an important role in building human and physical capacities in higher education institutions in Lebanon. It enabled them to work closely with each other and with European universities." He added: "This led to the generation of common ideas and projects that contributed greatly to setting a unified framework for higher education in Lebanon."
EU Ambassador Christina Lassen said: "The internationalisation of higher education helps prepare our students to live in a global world, increasing their experience and knowledge, employability, and productivity. She added: "It brings new opportunities for higher education institutions to promote strategic partnerships around research and innovation activities''.
Over the last 15 years, the EU has been supporting Lebanese higher education through several programmes including Tempus and Erasmus Mundus (2002-2013) that have contributed to the development of new curricula, the creation of new structures for research, the modernisation of governance systems and the building of new links between universities and the labour market. Between 2016-18, ERASMUS+ has made it possible for 1736 staff and students short term exchange (1228 from Lebanon going to Europe and 508 coming from Europe to Lebanon). New this year is that a Jean Monnet module teaching about the European Union has been selected for funding for the first time in Lebanon since 2007. The project consists of a teaching module on "Europe and the MENA region: Issues and Challenges in the Trans-Mediterranean Relations."
The Erasmus+ international 4th call for proposals published in October 2017 for 2018 (Check National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon website below for more information) includes the following international actions:
The International Credit Mobility for students and personnel (deadline 1 February 2018)
Capacity Building partnership projects (deadline 8 February 2018)
The Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (deadline 15 February 2018)
Jean Monnet Activities to promote the study of European integration (deadline 22 February 2018).
National Erasmus+ Office - Lebanon
Ministry of Education and Higher Education (5th Floor)
Habib Abi Chahla Sq. (UNESCO Palace Area)
Beirut – Lebanon
Tel : +961 3 654 180, Fax: +961 1 804 310