Capacity Building in Higher Education

2019-10-23

Capacity Building projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships, primarily between Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from Programme Countries (EU countries + Turkey, Sweden, Iceland, Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia and…) and eligible Partner Countries (other countries of the world). They can also involve non- academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and thus, to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects. The activities aim to promote cooperation and partnerships with impact on modernizing and internationalization of institutions and on higher education systems in Partner Countries, with a special accent on countries neighboring EU. HEIs from Moldova can apply directly for financing in Capacity Building projects, by being part of a consortium. Projects can be granted up to 3 years, depending on the established objectives and the type of the foreseen activities.  

Capacity Building projects aim to:

  • support the modernization, accessibility, and internationalization of higher education in the eligible Partner Countries;
  • support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of equality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management, and governance;
  • contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries;
  • promote people-to-people contacts, intercultural awareness, and understanding.

Two types of projects are supported:

Joint Projects, aimed at producing outcomes that benefit principally and directly the organizations from eligible Partner Countries involved in the project. These projects typically focus on three different types of activities:

  • Curriculum development;
  • Modernization of governance, management, and functioning of HEIs;
  • Strengthening of relations between HEIs and the wider economic and social environment.

Structural Projects are aimed at producing an impact on higher education systems and promoting reforms at the national and/or regional level in the eligible Partner Countries. These projects typically focus on two different categories of activities:

  • Modernization of policies, governance, and management of higher education systems;
  • Strengthening of relations between higher education systems and the wider economic and social environment.

How to apply?

A Capacity Building project will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

  • Relevance
  • Quality of the project design and implementation
  • Quality of the project team and the cooperation arrangements
  • Impact and sustainability.

Within Key action 2, Moldovan HEIs can benefit from Knowledge Alliances and Strategic Partnership projects as well, last ones being managed by the National Erasmus+ Agencies. In both cases, the universities from Moldova can only be partners and have to bring added value to the project, in order to participate.

It is expected that the Key action 2 projects will lead to development, transfer and/ or applying new, innovative practices at local, regional or European organizational levels.