Ukrainian universities have a unique opportunity to participate in the sixth call for proposals of the Tempus IV programme, the EU’s major initiative for reforming higher education in partner countries.
The sixth call for proposals (read more on its priorities here) was announced on Dec. 5, 2012 with a deadline for submissions of Mar. 26, 2013. With possible grant amounts from €500,000 to €1.5 million and with an eligible project duration of two to three years, Tempus projects aim at modernising Ukrainian higher education.
In comparison with the last call, which was worth €29 million, this year’s budget has been increased to €42.35 million for the Eastern Europe/Caucasus Region, opening new opportunities for high-quality projects. The new call will likely result in a higher number of projects than previously funded, say speakers at Tempus Info Day, held on Dec. 13 and 14 in Kyiv.
Svitlana Shytikova, director of the National Tempus office in Ukraine, believes that there is a need to create a “critical mass” of top-ranking specialists at Ukrainian higher education institutions that will bring these up to par with similar institutions in Europe. Tempus works toward achieving that goal: it supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU’s neighbourhood and establishes a platform for institutional cooperation that involves the EU and partner countries. In Ukraine, Tempus IV has supported 61 projects— 23 of those received financial support as a result of the programme’s fifth call for proposals.
In 2014, the Tempus and Erasmus Mundus will be consolidated under Erasmus for All, the EU’s streamlined education initiative. This program will bring together all seven EU education, training, youth and sports programmes. “All activities and initiatives that are implemented within the framework of the Tempus programme will be extended under Erasmus for All, but in a much improved way,” reassures Vira Rybak, sector manager for education, science & technology and information society of the EU Delegation to Ukraine. “After all, the new programme aims to eliminate the fragmentation of various programs: it will combine education programs, lifelong learning and youth-oriented programs,” she adds