On April 9, 2009 at Pavlodar State University named after S. Toraighyrov the International Affairs Department organized an information seminar for our professional teaching staff, scientists and students with the participation of a coordinator of Tempus and Erasmus Mundus program, Tasbulatova Shaizada Umirzakhovna.

 

TEMPUS IV IS THE NEW STAGE OF THE PROGRAM

Tempus is one of a number of European Union (EU) programmes designed to help the process of social and economic reform and/or development in its partner countries (Western Balkan countries, the Eastern European and Central Asian countries, and the Mediterranean countries).

The program aimed to promote the voluntary convergence and harmonization with EU developments in higher education deriving from the principles of Lisbon Strategy and the Bologna process.

The main principle of Tempus is a “bottom-up” approach. The educational institutions define the aim and content of activity themselves, for the purpose of satisfying the needs of universities subject to national priorities and general direction of the reformation process of the higher education in the partner countries.

Tempus is administered by the European Commission, Brussels (The General Board of Directors of education and culture with the General Board of Directors of the external cooperation).

The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency is responsible for managing the separate parts of the educational and studying programs of European Union. The Executive Agency activity is coordinated by three General Boards of Directors (Education and Culture, Information Society and Mass Media, Coordination of outdoor relief).

 

How Tempus works?

The latest phase of the program, Tempus IV, started in 2008 with a call for proposals lasting from January. The new deadline is on April 28, 2009.

After finishing the selection of proposals on October 2008 76 projects, including 63 Joint Projects and 13 Structural Measures have been defined in order to be realized in 54 participant countries. The total budget for this call was around €60 million.

Unlike Tempus III Tempus IV finances two types of actions - JOINT PROJECTS AND STRUCTURAL MEASURES – through accepting the proposals to the lowest bidder announced on the website: http://ec.europa.eu/tempus.

For detailed information of this announcement consult the SECOND CALL FOR PROPOSALS EAC/01/2009.

The joint projects (JP) are realized in the institutional level and they are directed on solving of the following tasks:

1-Reforming of teaching programs

• adaptation, modernization and reconstructing of working teaching programs from to contents, structure, methods of teaching and using of new teaching materials.

• creation of teaching program with conferment of double degrees, multiple degrees or joint degrees • creation links with labour-market

2-Reforming of management

• modernization of potential, management system and management in higher education institutions

• advancement of culture quality assurance

3-Higher education institution and society:

• condition role of higher education institution in the society as a whole

• development of knowledge triangle - creation links between education, researches and innovations ( the accent shouldn’t do on the research)

4-Thematic net:

• Expansion of thematic net, creation within the bounds of program Socrates-Erasmus, and expansion of their activities

• Joint projects include small scale and short duration mobility activities for students, teachers, researchers, university administration and enterprise.

• Projects are directed to carrying knowledge between higher education institutions in the EU and the partner countries.

 

Structural Measures

Structural measures realized in the national rank and directly supported to development and reforming structure and education system of high education in the partner countries, to enhance their quality and relevance, and increase their convergence with EU developments.

1. Reforming of management (licence, accreditation, qualification system, quality assurance, autonomy…)

2. Higher education institution and society (links between higher education and society, development pf potential for government administration).

Supplementary condition:

The official support of the direct participation in project as partner Minister of Education of partner countries or official support of the purpose and tasks of project. Participation of consortiums as a partner or activity participated Ministry of High Education confirmed by letter of endorsement in the project. Official support of the purpose and tasks of project must be confirmed by letter of support, which applicant must together offer with application.

Accompanying measures

Unlike joint projects and structural measures, there are funded through calls for tender of framework contracts. They comprise dissemination and information activities such as thematic conference, studies and activities aiming at the identification and exploration of good practise, consultation of stakeholders, etc.

 

How to get involved in TEMPUS?

Tempus open to higher education institution and authorities, as well as all organizations and enterprises directly related to higher education. As a partner may participated all that relatings in the field of education:

  • State concerns (minister of national, regional and local authority) or governing, or social organizations.

Individual experts of organizations that unaffiliated of member of consortium might be invited to the activities of project.

Those interested in applying for Tempus funds should check the following website, where calls for proposals are regularly published: http://ec.europa.eu/tempus.

 

Measurements of grant or project time

For both of joint project or Structural Measures: budget –from 500 thousand euro to 1.5 million euro. Lower limit size of grant for country with annual budget in less than 1million euro: 300 thousand euro (Albania, Montenegro, Central Asia); project time: from 24 to 36 months.

 

New Elements of Tempus IV:

• There won’t be the previous “Guidelines for applicants” for applicants of four parts instead of it there is one announcement competition of projects applications with annexes;

• The guidelines for filling of application (heretofore the part 4 “Guidelines for applicants”) are changed in form of application;

• There won’t be grants for individual mobility;

• There won’t be additional arrangements;

• Take in to consideration more big projects with participation of the majority of partners (not big projects for one university won’t be financed);

• The rate of the grants are increased;

• The necessary demand is to be fit to the programs priorities and national priorities;

• The cercal of country-partners are enlarged (Israel);

• Turkish and E A countries of free trade take participation on based principal of self-financing;

The participants of EC must be the member of the university charter Erasmus; • As applicants the countries partners may take participation;

• The involvement of thee partners from non-academic sphere is greeting;

• The union are consist of students and teachers have right to take participation as partners and applicants;

• The involvement of students and their organizations is greeting during all projects;

• Limitation of remuneration of labour is canceled instead of it the proof of waste activity is necessary;

• Student mobility: three month is maximum term with aim to ovoid the coincidences with Erasmus Mundus (the study in frame of mobility must be admitted);

• Emphasis hits on spread and assurance of result stability;

• Centralization control of the program by Executive committee of education, by audiovisual means and culture in Brussels with common guidance with European Commotion part;

• Executive committee is responsible for all vital cycle of the project including contract conclusion and excising payoff.

• By evaluation of the applications the preference is giving to sentences in which:

• The representative staff of universities of countries - partners are presented;

• The non-academic members of consortium is involved;

• The cooperation of international development is provided;

• The active involvement of students and their union is shown;

• The active process of institutional development and consolidation of potential is provided;

• Extensive influence universities and systems are shown.

The right to take participation in competition haven’t next:

• Legal persons, the former granters of Tempus program during the last two years whose projects were closed by European committee for no following of conditions and demands grant agreement;

• Physical persons;

• The partners who didn’t provide the letter for participation.

The appropriate forms of cooperation for national projects:

• At least two high educational buildings form different countries EC;

• At least one academic or nonacademic partner from the third country EC (a new demand);

• At least three high educational buildings from countries partners (for Montenegro, Kosovo and Macedonia one university is enough).

The appropriate forms of cooperation for regional projects (with participation of several countries):

• At least two high educational buildings from different countries EC;

• At least one academic or nonacademic partner from the third country EC (a new demand);

At least one high educational buildings in each from partners- countries

 

TEMPUS IV NATIONAL PRIORITIES FOR KAZAKHSTAN (SECOND CALL)

 

JOINT PROJECTS

CURRICULAR REFORM Introduction of 3 cycle system ECTS and recognition of degrees

Disciplines:

• Engineering Sciences and technologies

• Social sciences and business

• Health and social protection.

GOVERNANCE REFORM

  • University management and student services
  • Introduction of quality assurance

STRUCTURAL MEASURES

GOVERNANCE REFORM

  • University management and student services
  • Introduction of quality assurance

 

REGIONAL PRIORITIES – CENTRAL ASIA (DCI)

The Second Call will have some modifications regarding the eligibility parameters from the last. One of these is the introduction of regional priorities. The regional priorities are based on the EU's cooperation priorities with the Partner Countries as identified in its strategic documents concerning the neighbouring countries. Regional priorities have been established for both Joint Projects and Structural Measures and they will be included in the Second Call as Annexes 8 and 9.

It should be noted that:

o National projects involving only one Partner Country must respect the national priorities.

o Multi-country projects involving at least two Partner Countries in the same region must respect the regional priorities for that region.

o Cross regional cooperation (between regions) is possible in multi-country projects provided that the theme of the proposal is listed as a regional priority for all the Partner Countries concerned.

o Programme-wide priorities as foreseen in the first Call, where all the themes were open to multi-country projects, have been abolished in the Second Call.

JOINT PROJECTS

CURRICULAR REFORM

Modernisation of curricula (w/l ECTS structure)

Disciplines: Education/pedagogy, Law, Good Governance, Water, Energy, Environment

GOVERNANCE REFORM

University management and student services

Introduction of quality assurance

Institutional and financial autonomy and accountability

Development of international relations

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SOCIETY

Development of partnerships with enterprises

Knowledge triangle: education-innovation-research

STRUCTURAL MEASURES

GOVERNANCE REFORM

Introduction of quality assurance

Development of international relations

HIGHER EDUCATION AND SOCIETY

Development of partnerships with enterprises

Knowledge triangle: education innovation-research

Training courses for public services (ministries, regional/local authorities)

Qualifications frameworks

 

FIELD MONITORING BY NATIONAL TEMPUS OFFICES

Monitoring is critical to all projects. Each project should have embedded internal project monitoring arrangements to:

• check progress/achievement of milestones

• identify problems

• recognise the need for change/amendment/development

• ensure quality

Monitoring is therefore to be perceived as a positive and constructive activity supporting the project and helping it to realize its objectives.

The Tempus programme uses three standard forms of monitoring:

• Desk monitoring

• Preventive monitoring

• Field monitoring

The role of NTO is in particular important in the field monitoring. In the initial phase of Field monitoring, NTOs will focus on:

o Effectiveness

o Sustainability

o *Efficiency [*When requested by DGEAC]

o Potential impact o Dissemination strategy and practice

2.1.1 Effectiveness Issues addressed:

  • Which inputs / activities have contributed to results
  • Whether these results are contributing to the objectives of the project
  • Stakeholder participation in the management/ownership of the project
  • The extent to which beneficiaries are profiting from project outputs
  • Whether external factors are affecting the project
  • Spin-off effects and their relevance to/consistency with the project objectives.

2.1.2 Sustainability

Focus is - whether the outcomes of the project will be continued once the project has ended.

Factors which will help to assess this are:

• The policy support provided to the project

• The extent to which the project is contributing to institutional and capacity building

• The long-term viability of the project – is it affordable?

• Does the project address effectively socio-cultural and gender issues?

2.1.3 Efficiency* [When requested by DGEAC]

Focus is on issues of management:

• Is the project being well-managed on a day-to-day basis?

• Factors which will indicate this are:

• Whether the results are delivered to the stated timetable. You will need to verify assertions about results.

• Project management and coordination arrangements. Evidence here will be in the form of notes of meetings, who attended, what papers were prepared, timetable established, to what extent external factors have caused modifications in workplan and/or anticipated outputs.

NTOs are acting on behalf of the European Commission and the wider community as part of the support for the project. It is important that project coordinators should see NTO in this role and not as some form of policeman.

We all wish projects to be successful. Our aim is to identify not only weaknesses but also strengths and, in this way, help the project to realize its goals.

Preparing. There are no absolute rules in relation to preparation but it is unlikely that a visit which does not begin preparation at least six weeks in advance will be adequately prepared. Both NTO coordinator and the institutions involved in the project have to prepare.

The date should be fixed and the coordinator and contractor informed as early as possible. Normally this would be done five-six weeks prior to the field monitoring visit. The extent to which the project has been scrutinized already should be noted. It will have had a rigorous academic assessment by two independent assessors; a thorough technical assessment at the ETF; and finally by the Commission with advice from relevant Government offices in the partner countries. It is anticipated that the Commission will be producing a summary of key findings which will be sent to applicants so that they are aware of any concerns which either the academic or the technical assessment identified.

Thus before actual monitoring visit takes place NTO Coordinator should have got a number of documents. On the basis of all the documentation available and the discussion with the ETF NTO will prepare a visit brief. The brief should start with a short summary of the project and its objectives. It should indicate issues which have been identified under the relevant headings:

• Timetable and planned milestones

• Project Management – internal monitoring and quality control

• Delivered results

• Relations with partners.

The visit brief should be sent to the ETF and the Commission at least three weeks before the planned visit, to enable both these bodies to indicate (a) whether they endorse the basic points to be pursued and (b) whether they wish to add or develop any of them. This will also be an opportunity for the European Commission to indicate whether they wish NTO to pursue issues related to efficiency.

In preparing the brief the standard questions (Checklist) should be regarded which arise in relation to most types of projects from which specific ones can be selected (see annex 1).

It is highly recommended that those involved in the institution – administrative staff, students, trainers, trainees, university authorities, representatives from other institutions and, if appropriate, other decision-making bodies should be present. If it is possible it can be helpful if the contractor and other consortium members can attend. While it is not strictly necessary, it may be suggested that a brief self-evaluation document would be helpful. It would also be helpful if any project minutes or papers which would facilitate NTO preparation could be provided in advance.

Official letters will be written and sent to the head of the institution informing him/her that the monitoring visit will be taking place. This is important (a) because the institution should be aware of the visit; (b) if there is a success story to tell, the senior management should be aware of it as part of the dissemination process or if there are serious problems they should be able to help; and (c) it is part of the general engagement of the university as a whole, with a project which is important for the institutions concerned and the country and region.

Local (university) project coordinator is requested to:

• Agree the timing of the meeting with senior university management (rector, deputy-rector). It is preferable to arrange the meeting at the start of the visit. If this is impossible, the meeting can take place at any time of the day.

• Prior to the visit informs all partners about the planned monitoring.

The timetable for the visit should be discussed in advance and this should be established and agreed before the visit. For provisional timetable see Annex 2. Depending on the specificity of the project and availability of people the timetable can be modified if needed.

At the end of the visit informal feedback should be given containing the key points which the monitor would wish to pass on to the project. The informal feedback should preferably be given to the whole project team. It may be suggested that a member of the senior university management is present during that feedback session.

Following the visit a report will be prepared and sent to the European Commission. The Commission will write formally to the grant holder to summarize the outcomes.

 

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship program is a unique opportunity to receive Master’s degree in Europe

What is Erasmus Mundus?

Erasmus Mundus is a program aimed at mobility and partnership between our country and the European Union members. This program:

- supports the development of high quality Master’s programs (Master’s programs of Erasmus Mundus), each of which is implemented with the assistance of the consortium of European universities;

- provides prestigious scholarships (grants) to students worldwide, allowing them to receive their degree in European universities.

Why is it named ‘Erasmus Mundus’?

Erasmus of Rotterdam, Desiderius (1469-1563) devoted his life to the advancement of the universal concept of wisdom, which he considered the key to reaching understanding between people.

Erasmus the humanist, writer, philologist, traveled a lot, having studied and taught in France, Britain, Italy, Switzerland and Belgium. This is why the first European student mobility program was named after this renowned and mobile European scholar. Thanks to Erasmus grants since 1987, over a million of European students received the opportunity to study in various European countries.

In 2004 the program was expanded worldwide, and was renamed to Erasmus Mundus (“Mundus” is Latin for “world”).

Who is eligible for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship?

Citizen of any country outside Europe, who has already attained Bachelor’s degree, is eligible to apply for scholarship, provided that he or she possesses the document that certifies his degree and excellent educational achievements.

What this grant consists of?

The Erasmus Mundus scholarship covers transportation expenses, tuition and Europe housing fees for the duration of Master’s degree course at least in two European countries. Approximately 7 thousand students will be able to reap the benefits of this program in 2004-2008 years, and they are growing in number daily.

How does one obtain the scholarship?

Interested parties apply directly to the Consortium which oversees the educational process. This can be done as follows:

- Press the button corresponding to the desired major. A list of European academic programs will appear, allowing you to choose the one you need.

- Select the desired program(s). Each program has its own website and distinct application rules. Now, you just need to apply.

- Carefully read the application form and enrolment rules for the designated program.

Why Erasmus Mundus?

You’ve successfully completed the Bachelor’s degree program and received the diploma. Now, here are ten reasons why you should apply for the Erasmus Mundus scholarship:

1. This is your chance to receive high quality and prestigious education in the best European universities.

2. This is a joint education program which combines the advantages of various European universities, multifaceted in their theoretical and practical approaches to education.

3. Provided is a large variety of majors and minors, including innovative inter-disciplinary courses.

4. The program grants you the accredited double or compound degree, allowing you to pursue an interesting career path, or advance to the PhD program.

5. This will allow you to experience the European academia through studying in at least two different European countries.

6. Erasmus Mundus gives you a chance to improve your command of two European languages and live in a multilingual environment (however, education programs are primarily monolingual).

7. Erasmus Mundus introduces you to the hospitality and premium service of European universities.

8. Erasmus Mundus is geared towards bridging cultural gaps, uniting the students from all over the world.

9. Alumni Association of Erasmus Mundus helps to develop long-lasting professional and personal ties around the globe.

10. Erasmus Mundus prepares you for the global labor market, making you fully capable of competing on any level by utilizing your education and confidence.

 

For any additional information please refer to:

In Kazakhstan:

S. Toraigyrov Pavlodar State University:

Address: 140008, Pavlodar

64 Lomova St., room №438

Department of International Relations

Telephone/Fax: 8 7182 67-36-25

Website: www.tempuskaz.kz

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