Algeria: Mogherini to chair conference debate at Algiers University on the occasion of the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme

April 7, 2017
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As part of her official visit to Algeria, the EU High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, will chair a debate on Sunday 9 April 2017 at 12.15 pm, at the University of Algiers III. She will exchange with the academic community of the Erasmus programme which this year celebrates its 30th anniversary and which counts Algeria as one of its partner countries.

During her visit, Mogherini will meet with Prime Minister Abdelmalek Sellal, Minister of State, Minister of Foreign Affairs and International Cooperation, Ramtane Lamamra, Minister for Maghreb, African Union and the Arab League Affairs, Abdelkader Messahel, as well as other officials.

In Algeria, Erasmus + was built on the success of its predecessors, Erasmus Mundus and Tempus, under which 56 projects were funded involving 31 Algerian higher education institutions and socio-economic partners with for total amount of about €15 million.

In the period 2015-2016, 67 mobility projects linking European and Algerian universities were selected to organise the mobility of 822 students and staff (677 in Europe and 145 in Algeria).

The European Union maintains regular co-operation with the Algerian authorities in the field of higher education and the Algerian Ministry of Higher Education (MESRS) regularly participates in regional political dialogue meetings. Topics of common interest include the modernisation of teaching methods, the introduction of quality assurance mechanisms in universities or the employability of graduates.

In addition, Algerian universities participate in Erasmus + which supports cooperation projects between Algerian and European universities and the mobility of staff and students between the two shores of the Mediterranean.

The European Commission also supports non-formal education projects between European and Algerian youth organisations. Between 2014 and 2016, 326 young Algerians, educators and volunteers were involved in Erasmus + projects on youth.

The European Commission is also funding the mobility of Algerian researchers through the Marie Skłodowska-Curie Action (under Horizon 2020). This scheme provides grants for researchers at all career stages – PhD students or highly experienced researchers – and promotes transnational, inter-sectoral and interdisciplinary mobility.

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Press release (FR)

EU Delegation to Algeria – website

EU Neighbours – Algeria

ERASMUS+ website

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  • Algeria