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VUB is Coordinator of 7 Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EMECW) and Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2) projects. Furthermore VUB is partner in 14 other EMECW and EMA2 projects.

Ongoing projects coordinated by VUB

Partner Location Website
Caribu ACP region www.caribu.be

Ongoing Erasmus Mundus Action 2 VUB partner projects

Partner Location Website
Lotus lll China/Vietnam/Indonesia/Myanmar/Thailand www.lotus.ugent.be
Lotus Unlimited China/Vietnam/Indonesia/Myanmar/Thailand www.lotus.ugent.be
Lotus+ China/Vietnam/Indonesia/Myanmar/Thailand www.lotusplus.eu
Eureka SD Mexico/Argentina/Brazil/Colombia/Cuba/El Salvador/Guatemala and Honduras www.eureka-sd-project.eu
BE MUNDUS Brazil www.bemundus.eu

ERASMUS MUNDUS EXTERNAL COOPERATION WINDOW LOT 2 (2007 2013)

The Vrije Universiteit Brussel took the lead in a consortium for Lot 2, as it has always been actively concerned about this region. Apart from hosting many students and several guest lecturers from the region, hosting a Palestinian student organisation, and being member of ‘Palestinian/European Academic Cooperation in Education’, we have always supported involving all partners of the region, instead of boycotting the one or the other. This was also symbolically translated in granting Hanan Ashrawi (a former Palestinian spokeswoman) AND Aloni Shulamit (an Israelian Lawyer and politician), a doctor honoris          causa title in 1997 and one to Daniel Barenboim from the Barenboim-Said Foundation in 2006.

The VUB wants this to be the foundations for the “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II”, a global university with many campuses, 10 European campuses and 10 ones dispersed over Israel, the Palestinian Territories and Egypt. The University offers a diverse educational and research portfolio, in which especially disciplines are put forward that are highly relevant to the development of mainly Egypt and Palestine. As Israel has academic standards comparable to many EU higher education institutions, the “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II” still offers other objectives, such as having its students be mobile to take some courses in the EU and vice versa, luring them out of their relative isolation, confronting them with other cultures and languages. Many more partners were interested in participating than possible. The selection happened on the basis of the good relationships that already existed, the capacity one could offer, the disciplines one covered, the logistics one had for welcoming students and staff. It was our option not to stop the communication with those institutions not selected, but to involve them in Target Group 2 and in the workshops. This makes them “part of the project” and of the network, even if they are no real beneficiaries. This ownership will stimulate them to stay part of the action, and to do their utmost best in the hope of becoming partner once too.  The “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II” project certainly offers some strategic options that are the basis for a sustainable outcome. But one might have the remark that it is merely about some 260 students and staff involved, while in practice it is about universities with hundreds of thousands of students... Though, translating an Arabic proverb, it was Prof. Ahmed Kotb, one of the Egyptian visiting lecturers at the VUB, who best paraphrased the desired impact of our “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II” project:  “When you make one person bright, his light shines for a million people”

The Consortium

In total the consortium consists of 20 Higher Education Institutions as partners; 10 in Europe and 10 in Lot 2 (West Bank/Gaza, Egypt and Israel).

Coordinating Insitution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
BELGIUM

 

Europe

  • UK – cardiff University
  • TR – Sabanci University
  • ES – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • BE – Erasmushogeschool Brussel
  • BG – Agraren Universitet Plovdiv
  • IT – Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • FR – Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé 
  • BG – Chimikotechnologichen Metalurgichen Universitet
  • PL – Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

 

Israel, West-Bank/Gaza and Egypt

  • EG – The American University of Cairo
  • EG - Helwan University
  • EG – High Institute of Optics Technology
  • oPt – Al Quds University
  • oPt – Arab American University Jenin
  • oPt – An-Najah National University
  • oPt – Al Azhar University
  • oPt – Community College of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • IL – Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • IL – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

 

ERASMUS MUNDUS EXTERNAL COOPERATION LOT 2 (2008 – 2012)

The University stimulates mobility in a diverse set of actions: small groups of Bachelor and Master students accompanied by one or more teachers residing for 6 months at an EU campus, combining courses with study, research initiation, and field trips. In the meantime, the academics teach in the programmes, guide the students, enhance their disciplinary skills, but also share good practices in issues such as curriculum development, quality assurance, diversity policies which they will take with them home. Moreover, they learn about the practicalities of exchange programmes and prepare themselves to be the future Erasmus Mundus Coordinators for “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II” at their home campus. Over there, they will multiply the disciplines to be involved in future continuations of their project. That is why, exceptionally for the first phase of this project, the group of academic staff is better represented than suggested by the EC. Apart from the 30 staff members, 24 postdoc researchers will be strategically involved, 55 young promising students will get their PhD involving an “ERASMUS MUNDUS UNIVERSITY II” experience, 79 Master students will be mobile in the consortium, further to another 98 undergraduates. Some 11% of the group will move in the direction of the Third Countries involved. For the efficiency and quality assurance of each mobility flow it is a necessity that all campuses of “Erasmus Mundus University 2” actively support setting up equivalence tables for the recognition of credits and degrees and fully act in the spirit and philosophy of the European Quality Charter for Mobility and the Erasmus Charter all EU-partners have ratified.

Coordinating Insitution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
BELGIUM

 

Europe

  • UK – cardiff University
  • TR – Sabanci University
  • ES – Universidad Complutense de Madrid
  • BE – Erasmushogeschool Brussel
  • BG – Agraren Universitet Plovdiv
  • IT – Università di Roma La Sapienza
  • FR – Université Lille 2 Droit et Santé 
  • BG – Chimikotechnologichen Metalurgichen Universitet
  • PL – Uniwersytet Jagiellonski

 

Israel, West-Bank/Gaza and Egypt

  • EG – The American University of Cairo
  • EG - Helwan University
  • EG – High Institute of Optics Technology
  • oPt – Al Quds University
  • oPt – Arab American University Jenin
  • oPt – An-Najah National University
  • oPt – Al Azhar University
  • oPt – Community College of Applied Sciences and Technology
  • IL – Ben Gurion University of the Negev
  • IL – The Hebrew University of Jerusalem

ERASMUS MUNDUS EXTERNAL COOPERATION WINDOW LOT 3 (2009 – 2013)

Lot3.emecw.com

Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window Lot 3

Mobility Grants

Europe - Israel and West-Bank/Gaza

Lot3.emecw.com (EM ECW 2009-1642 selected under the call for proposals 35-08) was a project in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EM ECW), a scholarship programme set up and financed by the European Commission. 
In a consortium of 20 Higher Education Institutions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) was the coordinating institution that manages this project side by side with 9 other European HEI, and 10 HEI in the so-called lot 3 (5 in the West Bank/Gaza and 5 in Israel). With a budget of € 2 280 025, we provide 127students or researchers with the opportunity to travel from West Bank/Gaza or Israel to Europe, or vice versaThis project was all about creating opportunities. For the students and researchers involved in this mobility exchange programme, new academic experiences awaited them abroad. The shared benefits were not only encountered on an academic level, but exchange students and researchers also acknowledge the added value of the cultural and linguistic experiences.

The Consortium

In total the consortium consists of 20 Higher Education Institutions as partners; 10 in Europe and 10 in Lot 3 (West Bank/Gaza and Israel); and 19 associate partners.

Coordinating Insitution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
BELGIUM

Partner Universities

Europe

  • ES - Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
  • ES - Universidad de Granada (UGR)
  • IT - Università di Trento (UniTn)
  • TR -Sabanci Üniversitesti (SU)
  • UK - University of Westminster (WMIN)
  • CZ - Univerzita Karlova (CUNI)
  • FI - University of Helsinki (HELS)
  • FR - Université de Toulouse (TLSE1)
  • FR - Sciences-Po (SP)

 

Israel and West-Bank/Gaza

  • PS - Al-Azhar University Gaza (AAUG)
  • PS - Al-Aqsa University Gaza (ALAQ)
  • PS - Al-Quds University (AQ)
  • PS - Hebron University (HEBR)
  • PS - Arab American University Jenin (AAUJ)
  • IL - Ben-Gurion University (BGU)
  • IL - Hebrew University of Jeruzalem (HUJI)
  • IL - Interdisciplinary Centre Herzliya (IDC)
  • IL - Weizmann Institute of Science (WIS)
  • IL - Haifa University (Haifa)

 

Associate partners

  • BE - Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • BE - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
  • BE - Research In Brussels ASBL (RIB) 
  • AT - SOP Hilmbauer & Mauberger GmbH & CoKG (SOP)
  • BE - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (VLIR-UOS)
  • BE - Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen
  • BE - Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (UCOS)
  • BE - Close The Gap (CTG)
  • BE - Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales     VUB vzw (AIESEC VUB)
  • BE - Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E. Association)
  • BE - Institute for European Studies (IES)
  • JO - United Nations Relief and Works Agency for Palestinian Refugees in the Near East (UNWRA)
  • FR - Programme for Palestinian/European Academic Cooperation in Education (PEACE)
  • IL - Gisha - Legal Center for Freedom of Movement 
  • IL - Israeli Association for the Study of European Integration (IASEI)
  • BE - Palestinian Mission to the European Union
  • IL - Council for Higher Education (CHE)
  • BE - Israeli Mission to the European Union
  • IT – Centro METID – Politechnico de Milano

ERASMUS MUNDUS ACTION 2 LOT 3B (2010 – 2014)

Lot 3B
Erasmus Mundus Action 2
Lot 3B – Palestinian Territories
Mobility Grants

Lot 3b is a project in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Action 2 (EMA2), a scholarship programme set up and financed by the European Commission.

Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) took the lead in a consortium of 15 institutions for higher education, 9 in Europe and 6 in the occupied Palestinian territories. With a budget of € 1.136.350, we gave 50 students and researchers the possibility to travel from the Palestinian territories to Europe, or vice versa!

Scholarships were available to undergraduate (bachelor), graduate (master) and doctoral students, but also to postdoctoral researchers and academic staff members. The scholarships start from 1000 EUR / month (Bachelor and Master students). To a large extent, the programme also refunds air tickets, tuition and insurance fees

 

Consortium

In total the consortium consists of 15 Higher Education Institutions as partners; 9 in Europe and 6 in Lot 11 in the Palestinian Territories; and 9 associate partners.

Coordinating Insitution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels

BELGIUM

Partner Universities

Europe

  • ES - Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM)
  • ES – Universidad de Granada (UGr)
  • IT – University of Trento (UniTn)
  • IT – Sapienza University of Rome (UniRoma1)
  • GR – Alexander Technological Educational Institution Thessaloniki (ATEI)
  • FR – Sciences Po Paris (SP)
  • FR – Université Paris 1 Panthéon-Sorbonne (Paris 1)
  • LV – University of Latvia (LU)

 

Palestine

  • oPt - Al Azhar University Gaza (AAUG)
  • oPt – Birzeit University (Birzeit)
  • oPt – Al-Quds University (AQU)
  • oPt – Arab American University Jenin (AAUJ)
  • oPt – Hebron University (HEBR)
  • oPt – An-Najah National University (ANNU)

 

Associate partners

  • oPt – Palestinian Academic Council
  • oPt – Ministry of Higher Education
  • BE – VLIR
  • BE – UNICA
  • BE – ESN Brussels
  • FR – PEACE Programme
  • JO – UNRWA
  • AU – SOP Hilmbauer & Mauberger GmBH & Co KG
  • BE – General Union of Palestinian Students Belgium

ERASMUS MUNDUS EXTERNAL COOPERATION WINDOW LOT 11 (2009 – 2013)

Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window

Regional Asia - Lot11

Mobility Grants

Lot 11 (EM ECW 2009-1663, selected under the call for proposals 35_08) was a project in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EM ECW), a scholarship programme set up and financed by the European Commission. 
In a consortium of 20 Higher Education Institutions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) was the coordinating institution that managed this project side by side with 10 other European HEI, and 9 HEI in the so-called lot 11 (Regional Asia). 
Lot11 was a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the bilateral exchange of students and academic staff between European and Southern Asian universities (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Indonesia, Nepal, Pakistan). This project is funded by the European Commission with a budget of € 4 999 200 and provides 158 students or researchers with the opportunity to travel from Regional Asian Countries to Europe, or vice versa. 
This project is all about creating opportunities. For the students and researchers involved in this mobility exchange programme, new academic experiences awaited them abroad. The shared benefits were not only encountered on an academic level, but exchange students and researchers also acknowledged the added value of the cultural and linguistic experiences. 
Scholarships were available for the mobility of undergraduates (bachelors), graduates (masters), doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff members. The grant covers the monthly subsistence fees, travel ticket, insurance and tuition fee (if applicable).

The consortium

In total the consortium consists of 20 Higher Education Institutions as partners; 11 in Europe and 9 in Lot 11 (Regional Asia); and 14 associate partners.

Coordinating Institution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)
Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels
BELGIUM

Partner Universities

Europe

  • BU - University of Chemical Technology & Metallurgy (UCTM)
  • IT - Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
  • CY - University of Cyprus (UCY)
  • ES - University of Deusto (DEUSTO)
  • NL - Fontys Hogescholen (FONTYS )
  • TR - Sabanci University (SU)
  • DE - Flensburg U. (FUG)
  • BE - Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EHB)
  • PL - Uniwersytet Warszawski (UW)
  • LI - Hochschule Liechtenstein (HL )

 

Regional Asia

  • AF - Kabul University (KU)
  • BT - The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB)
  • NP - Tribhuvan University (TU)
  • PK - International Islamic University, Islamabad, Women campus (IIU)
  • PK - Hajvery University (HAJVERY)
  • BD - University of Dhaka (UD)
  • BD - Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • IN - Institute of Management Technology (IMT)
  • ID - Airlangga University (UNAIR)

 

Associate partners

  • BE - Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • BE - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
  • BE - Research In Brussels ASBL (RIB) 
  • AT - SOP Hilmbauer & Mauberger GmbH & CoKG (SOP)
  • BE - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (VLIR-UOS)
  • BE - Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (UCOS)
  • BE - Close The Gap (CTG)
  • BE - Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales     VUB vzw (AIESEC VUB)
  • BE - Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E. Association)
  • BE – Institute for European Studies (IES)
  • BE - Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS)
  • BT - Ministery of Education in Buthan
  • TR - Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales     Istanbul (AIESEC Istanbul)
  • BE – Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen

ERASMUS MUNDUS EXTERNAL COOPERATION WINDOW LOT 14 (2009 – 2013)

Lot 14
Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window
Lot14 – China
Mobility Grants

Lot 14 (EMECW 2009-1676, selected under the call for proposals 35-08) was a project in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (EM ECW), a scholarship programme set up and financed by the European Commission. 
In a consortium of 20 Higher Education Institutions, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (Brussels, Belgium) was the coordinating institution that managed this project side by side with 8 other European HEI, and 11 HEI in the so-called lot 14 (China). 
Lot 14 was a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aimed to enhance the bilateral exchange of students and academic staff between European and Chinese universities. This project was funded by the European Commission with a budget of € 5 199 700 and provides 200 students or researchers with the opportunity to travel from China to Europe, or vice versa. 
This project was all about creating opportunities. For the students and researchers involved in this mobility exchange programme, new academic experiences awaited them abroad. The shared benefits were not only encountered on an academic level, but exchange students and researchers also acknowledged the added value of the cultural and linguistic experiences.

Scholarships were available for the mobility of undergraduates (bachelors), graduates (masters), doctoral students, postdoctoral researchers and academic staff members. The grant covered the monthly subsistence fees, travel ticket, insurance and tuition fee (if applicable).

The consortium

In total the consortium consists of 20 Higher Education Institutions as partners; 11 in Europe and 9 in Lot 11 (Regional Asia); and 14 associate partners.

Coordinating Insitution

BE- Vrije Universiteit Brussel (VUB)

Pleinlaan 2, 1050 Brussels

BELGIUM

Partner Universities

Europe

  • BU - University of Chemical Technology & Metallurgy (UCTM)
  • IT - Politecnico di Milano (POLIMI)
  • CY - University of Cyprus (UCY)
  • ES - University of Deusto (DEUSTO)
  • NL - Fontys Hogescholen (FONTYS )
  • TR - Sabanci University (SU)
  • DE - Flensburg U. (FUG)
  • BE - Erasmushogeschool Brussel (EHB)
  • PL - Uniwersytet Warszawski (UW)
  • LI - Hochschule Liechtenstein (HL )

 

Regional Asia

  • AF - Kabul University (KU)
  • BT - The Royal University of Bhutan (RUB)
  • NP - Tribhuvan University (TU)
  • PK - International Islamic University, Islamabad, Women campus (IIU)
  • PK - Hajvery University (HAJVERY)
  • BD - University of Dhaka (UD)
  • BD - Bangladesh University of Engineering and Technology (BUET)
  • IN - Institute of Management Technology (IMT)
  • ID - Airlangga University (UNAIR)

 

Associate partners

  • BE - Erasmus Student Network (ESN)
  • BE - Network of Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA)
  • BE - Research In Brussels ASBL (RIB)
  • AT - SOP Hilmbauer & Mauberger GmbH & CoKG (SOP)
  • BE - Vlaamse Interuniversitaire Raad – Universitaire Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (VLIR-UOS)
  • BE - Universitair Centrum voor Ontwikkelingssamenwerking (UCOS)
  • BE - Close The Gap (CTG)
  • BE - Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales     VUB vzw (AIESEC VUB)
  • BE - Top Industrial Managers for Europe (T.I.M.E. Association)
  • BE – Institute for European Studies (IES)
  • BE - Brussels Institute of Contemporary China Studies (BICCS)
  • BT - Ministery of Education in Buthan
  • TR - Association Internationale des Etudiants en Sciences Economiques et Commerciales     Istanbul (AIESEC Istanbul)
  • BE – Vluchtelingenwerk Vlaanderen