Initiatives and projects
Harmonisation of African Higher Education, Quality Assurance and Accreditation (HAQAA) is an initiative that has been established to support the development of a harmonised quality assurance and accreditation system at institutional, national, regional and Pan-African continental level. It is funded by the European Union Commission, in the context of the Africa-EU Strategic Partnership. Phase one (HAQAA1) was implemented from 2016-2018. HAQAA 2 (2019 – 2022) is intended to build upon, upscale and promote the results of HAQAA1.view
The project creates a unique consortium that brings together universities from diverse and mostly non-urban regions in South America, Georgia, Europe and South Africa and allows these universities to map and compare their contribution, via teaching and research, to local development and local economies.
It embeds the development of joint study programmes in a specific discipline – viticulture (of relevance to all partners) – into wider staff training exercises, so as to foster deeper ‘North-South-emerging country’ strategic partnerships in higher education. It responds equally to Europe policy priorities for higher education internationalisation and regional development, as it does to partner country priorities for internationalizing and modernizing study programmes and generating local impact and local development.view
Equam-La aims at advancing the Latin American Higher Education Space in areas such as recognition of degrees and credits across borders by reinforcing and connecting quality assurance systems for higher education, in which universities and QA agencies are key partners and drivers
Equam-La hence proposes to support universities and national agencies to work together to improve and reinforce internal QA management and processes and link them to specific areas, like recognition, so as to underpin regional integration.view
The MIMIR ANDINO project is designed primarily to help and encourage partner universities in South American countries to better understand the status quo of their research management approaches, from performance and evaluation to management structures and effectiveness.view
NEPREV is a capacity building project in higher education co-funded by the Education, Culture and Audiovisual Executive Agency (EACEA) from the European Union under the Erasmus + KA2.
The Project aims to setting up a multidisciplinary joint master program open to Tunisian, European, and African participants and dedicated to the Next Production Revolution: confluence of digital technologies (e.g. 3D printing, the Internet of Things, advanced robotics) new materials (e.g. bio- or nano-based), new processes (e.g. data-driven production, artificial intelligence).
NEPREV project is expected to help to reinforce the role of Tunisian universities in connecting with their socioeconomic environment and bridge the gap between academic research and industry
The EU ERASMUS + SUCCESS project aims to connect universities and industry by improving the educational system in the direction of entrepreneurship, creating new job opportunities and better exchanging of practical knowledge from industry to educational institutions in order to ultimately reduce the youth unemployment rate and stop the trend of active labor force departing from our country. The first coordination meeting of this project was held on Thursday, December 17, 2020.
The project involves 16 partner universities, chambers of commerce, companies, and development agencies from countries in the region and Europe.
International Burch University is the project coordinator, and the project also includes Džemal Bijedić University, the University of Tuzla and the University of East Sarajevo from our country. Apart from BiH, universities from Serbia, Albania and Montenegro are also participating in the project, as well as European partners who will share their knowledge and experience: UAS Kempten from Germany, University of Lublin from Poland, and the OBREAL / GLOBAL Association from Spain.
The first step of the project is to map existing models of cooperation between universities and the business community through the analysis of best practices in EU countries and the region. European universities will share their knowledge and experience, while universities in BiH and the region will begin implementing these practices in the coming years. This process will result in the network of regional partnerships between universities and companies and lead to the modernization of the education systemview
CAMINOS is a project co-funded by the Erasmus + Programme of the European Union and coordinated by OBREAL. CAMINOS aims to contribute to the deepening of the Latin American Higher Education Space by improving the capacity of universities, university associations and networks to enhance, promote and manage internal, regional Latin American student and staff mobility.
Universities Linking Initiatives and Synergies in Europe and South America, “ULISES” Project (2013-2015) contributed to the development of the Common Area of Higher Education ALCUE and promoted the active participation of EU and LAC Higher Education Institutions as well as academic staff, policy makers, decision makers, managers and administrators. Its multiplying effect benefited other stakeholders such as Higher education inspectors EU and LAC HE Advisors and Counsellors and the Research and Industry community in both regions as well.
The Alfa PUENTES Project was an international cooperation initiative created to foster the development of the Latin American Higher Education Area. Led by European and Latin American university associations, it aims to improve modernisation mechanisms, reform and harmonisation of Latin American education systems, and promote large-scale collaboration between European and Latin American universities. Co-financed by the European Commission Alfa programme, the project covered a three-year period (2011-2014)
HICA was an ‘structural’ project co-financed by the European Commission in Latin America under the Erasmus+ programme. HICA involved universities, national university associations, ministries and Central American regional bodies, as well as several European institutions, including University College Cork, HICA promoted a dynamic partnership for higher education reform, harmonization and quality enhanced. It was developed upon a previous EU initiative to foster a qualifications framework for the Central American region, based on European good practice, and also supports Central American universities to implement learning outcomes based approaches in their curricula.
The CODOC project examined doctoral education through the lens of a more balanced development in global knowledge and the role that Europe has to play in this. The project was rooted in the growing cross-regional discussions on doctoral education, which have more or less been driven by Europe, North America and several other developed nations in Asia and the South Pacific. It was also inspired by the internal European discussions and rapid transformation of doctoral education in the Bologna process context. Over the course of this two-year project, the consortium studied trends in doctoral education in different developing regions of the world and aim to provide occasions for enhancing collaborative doctoral education between European universities and their partners in Southern Africa, Asia and Latin America.
MIELES supported a network of Indian and European HEI to develop and implement institutional strategies for elearning that came out as a multiplier effect of previous Eramus + project. Many development cooperation interventions are related directly to ICT infrastructure (Digital India, for example) or to the provision of online course content. Few projects have addressed the need to support HEI to utilise ICT infrastructure and online course content, and to enable leadership and staff to do so, in a cross-institutional way (one of the purpose of strategies). Working on this issue in an international consortium of partners, in the context of Erasmus+ (that was at the time coordinated by the UB), helped in shaping quality standards for Indian online course content and elearning approaches, innovate teaching and learning practices/pedagogy via e-learning and build capacity of teachers across partner institutions to use elearning and ICT tools. MIELES was designed to provide a collaborative platform to address a relevant issue for the development, reform, democratization and modernization of the higher education system in India and to reinforce Indian-EU higher education collaboration.