Swedish – Western Balkans Contact Seminar held at Epoka University

October 10th, 2013

Swedish – Western Balkans Contact Seminar held at Epoka University

Swedish – Western Balkans Contact Seminar held at Epoka University

A group of academicians from Epoka University, the IRO and Project`s Office representatives participated at the Swedish – Western Balkans Contact Seminar held on October 10, 2013, at the premises of Tirana University.

The seminar aimed to enhanse the cooperation between higher education programmes within the framework of the future EU programme of the current Erasmus Mundus and Tempus programmes as well as the Swedish funded Linnaeus Palme programme. The purpose of the seminar was to facilitate the establishment of new contacts between the Swedish higher education institutions and institutions in the Western Balkans, in order to create partnerships and new projects together, within the above mentioned programmes. The seminar addressed scholars and administrative staff at Swedish higher education institutions with an interest to cooperate with institutions in Albania, Kosovo and other countries in the region.

During the seminar, the representatives of the Swedish Higher Education Council, Albanian Ministry of Education and Sport and Kosovo National Tempus Office provided information on the higher education system in their respective countries.

The seminar followed by a presentation of the Erasmus+ by Ms. Rebecka Herdevall, Programme Officer at the Swedish Council for Higher Education. Erasmus + is the new EU programme for education, training, youth and sport. It combines seven programmes from the 2007-2013 period, namely Long Life Learning programme (LLP), the Youth in action programme and five international cooperation programmes. A template for inter-institutional agreements between programme and partner countries (such as Albania) will be published soon. The template is provided for academic years 2014-2015 up to 2020-2021.

At the same time, Ms. Anneli Lindberg from the Swedish Higher Education Council, presented the Linnaeus-Palme, a Swedish exchange programme, introduced in May 2000, for teachers and students at undergraduate and master's level of higher education which aims at strengthening co-operation between institutions of higher education in Sweden and developing countries and thereby increasing global contacts in the world of higher education.

Ms. Rita Wikander from the Swedish Institute presented the Scholarship opportunities for East Europe for master’s level studies in Sweden. Each year about ten scholarships will be awarded for studies in Sweden. The scholarship covers both living costs and tuition fees.

The last session of the seminar consisted of time for networking between the partipants based on their interest.


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