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:

Cooperation Partnerships

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

Cooperation Partnerships aim at:

  • Increasing quality in the work, activities and practices of organisations and institutions involved, opening up to new actors, not naturally included within one sector;
  • Building capacity of organisations to work transnationally and across sectors;
  • Addressing common needs and priorities in the fields of education, training, youth and sport;
  • Enabling transformation and change (at individual, organisational or sectoral level), leading to improvements and new approaches, in proportion to the context of each organisation.

For example a cooperation 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.

  • Projects: 1-3 years
  • Funding: €100,000 – €400,000
  • 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.

Partnerships for Excellence

Aim: to support projects with a long-term sustainable perspective. The following actions are supported under this type of partnerships:

high-level integrated transnational study programs at Master level delivered by an international consortium of HEIs.

Aim: contribute to the integration, the attractiveness, excellence and internationalization of the European Higher Education Area (EHEA).

Contribution to the institutional costs:750€/month x Duration x # of students

Scholarship per student: 1400€/month x Duration

    • Lot2: Erasmus Mundus Design Measures (EMDM):

encourage the development of new, innovative, high-level integrated transnational study programs at Master level. (lump sum €55.000)

For more information please visit.

Alliances for Innovation

Alliances for Innovation aim to strengthen Europe’s innovation capacity by boosting innovation through cooperation and flow of knowledge among higher education, vocational education and training (both initial and continuous), and the broader socio-economic environment, including research.

They also aim to boost the provision of new skills and address skills mismatches by designing and creating new curricula for higher education (HE) and vocational education and training (VET), supporting the development of a sense of initiative and entrepreneurial mind-sets in the EU.

Within Alliances for Innovation, 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
  • Alliances for Innovation 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 recognized 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 here.

  • Lot 1- Alliances for Education and Enterprises
    • 1 million euros (2 years project)
    • 1,5 million euros (3 years project)
  • Lot 2 – Alliances for Sectoral Cooperation on Skills (Implementing the “Blueprint”):
    • 4 million euros (4 years project)
  • Organizations established in a program country can apply
  • Alliances for Education and Enterprises must cover at least 4 Programme countries, involving a minimum of 8 full partners. The partnership must include at least 3 labour market actors (enterprises or companies, or representative intermediary organisations, such as chambers, trade unions or trade associations) and at least 3 education and training providers (VET and/or HEIs), as full partners. There should be at least one HE institution and one VET provider involved as full partner in each proposal.
  • Open to any discipline, field and to cross sectoral collaboration
  • Applications are submitted to the European Education and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).

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 here.

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