Main objectives

  • Increase the skills and employability of students and contribute to the competitiveness of European economy
  • Improve quality in teaching and learning
  • Implement the Higher Education Modernisation strategy in programme countries and raise the capacity of partner countries
  • Streamline the international dimension in Erasmus+
  • Support the Bologna process and policy dialogues with strategic partner countries

There are three types of projects that can be funded under this category:

Strategic Partnerships

Strategic Partnerships support organizations from different fields to collaborate and implement innovative practices leading to high quality teaching, training, learning and youth work.

For example a strategic partnership with Koç University and other organizations from different countries, disciplines and sectors (public/private) could aim to implement activities such as:

  • Developing and delivering joint study modules, programs and curricula, ensuring the relevance towards the needs of the Turkish or regional labour market
  • Implementing project-based activities involving enterprises and students/staff at universities.
  • Making more effective use of virtual mobility, open educational resources and ICT to implement innovative teaching approaches
  • Integrating distance, part-time and modular learning into the delivery of higher education
  • Strengthening higher education institutions’ engagement with local/regional authorities and stakeholders from civil society
  • Reinforcing cooperation between the different formal and informal education and training sectors
  • Enhancing guidance counseling, coaching methods and tools, student support services

More information about this opportunity is available also here.

More information is available about this opportunity in Turkish here.

  • Projects: 2-3 years
  • Funding: up to €300,000 for 2 years or €450,000 for 3 years
  • Partnerships include a minimum of 3 organizations from 3 program countries.
  • Project applications are submitted to the Turkish National Agency who then evaluates, grants and supervises the project.

For strategic partnerships in the area of youth more information is available here.

Knowledge Alliances

Within Knowledge Alliances, Koç University can work together with Turkish or international enterprises to encourage innovation by:

  • Developing innovative learning and teaching methods
  • Organizing continuing education programs and activities
  • Strengthening the exchange, the flow and the co-creation of knowledge
  • Developing solutions for challenging issues
  • Knowledge Alliances can help stimulate entrepreneurship by:
  • Introducing entrepreneurship education in any discipline
  • Offering new learning opportunities to apply entrepreneurial skills
  • Possible project activities can include:
  • Study activities in enterprises that are recognised within the curriculum
  • Trial testing innovative measures
  • Student, researcher and staff exchanges
  • Involving company staff in teaching and research

More information about this opportunity is available in English here. Also in Turkish here.

Projects: 2-3 years

  • Maximum funding € 700,000 (2 year project) and € 1,000,000 (3 year project)
  • Organizations established in a program country can apply
  • Minimum 6 organizations from at least 3 diff erent program countries. At least 2 higher education institutions must be involved, as well as at least 2 enterprises
  • Open to any discipline, field and to cross sectoral collaboration
  • Applications are submitted to the European Union central office.

Capacity-Building Partnerships

Koç University can take part in collaborative, capacity-building partnerships outside the EU in neighbourhood countries, Africa, Asia, and Latin America through projects that increase an organisation’s competencies or expertise through:

  • Joint projects help higher education institutions from partner countries develop, modernise and share new curricula, teaching methods or materials. They also help boost quality assurance and governance of higher education institutions.
  • Structural projects help to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems in partner countries. The aim is to enhance their quality and relevance, and promote regional cooperation.

More information about this opportunity is available in English here. Also in Turkish here.

For more information to find out how you can write a project, find partners and apply please e-mail: for an appointment.