EU identified €66 million for Erasmus Mundus programme within Neighbourhood partners project
Azerbaijan, Baku, October 20 / Trend E. Tariverdiyeva /
The European Union has identified greater engagement in education as a crucial element of its new approach towards its Neighbourhood partners, with €66 million earmarked for its Erasmus Mundus II programme (2009-2013), ENPI reported.
A strengthened engagement in the area of education is a crucial element of the new approach towards the ENP countries, outlined in the EU Communication on 'A new response to a changing Neighbourhood' - the culmination of a comprehensive review of the European Neighbourhood Policy (ENP).
In the context of recent developments in the southern Mediterranean, the EU is paying particular attention to actions in favour of young people in the region, who play an important role in the ongoing democratisation process to emerge from the events of the Arab Spring.
Furthermore, most ENP countries continue to be on a transition towards establishing fully-fledged market economies. In this context, partner country institutions, including higher education institutions, are under strong pressure to provide the skills required by these new economic conditions.
Support for partner country institutions in their reform efforts and in establishing people-to-people cooperation, especially in the field of higher education, is therefore needed and can contribute to mutual understanding between people, countries and cultures in the EU's Neighbouring countries.