Tempus projects

Tempus

 

Introduction

Tempus (Trans-European mobility scheme for university studies) is one of several programs of the European Community, directed on rendering the assistance in the process of social and economic reforms in partner-countries. The Tempus Program gives the grants for creation of new or the transformation of already existing scholastic courses, restructuring of educational institutions, promotion of joint activity for the organizations (academic and non-academic) on a specific discipline, supports the modernisation of higher education and creates an area of co-operation in countries surrounding the EU. Established in 1990 after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the scheme now covers 27 countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. Croatian joined Tempus since 2010; however, given the fact that a country cannot simultaneously participate in Tempus and Erasmus, Croatia has not been participating in Tempus since 2011, i.e. since it actively participates in Erasmus programme.

 

Objectives

The overall objective of Tempus is to contribute to the creation of an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and the Tempus Partner Countries.

The specific objectives of Tempus are as follows:

  • To promote the reform and modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries;
  • To enhance the quality and relevance of higher education to the world of work and society in the Partner Countries;
  • To increase the capacity of higher education institutions in the Partner Countries and the EU, in particular their capacity to cooperate internationally and to continually modernise;
  • To assist them in opening up to the world of work and the society at large in order to:
    • overcome inter-country fragmentation in the area of higher education and inter-institutional fragmentation in the countries themselves;
    • enhance inter-disciplinary thinking and working within and between faculties and universitiesarity and trans-disciplinarity between university faculties;
    • enhance the employability of university graduates;
    • make the European Higher Education Area more visible and attractive to the world;
  • To foster the reciprocal development of human resources;
  • To enhance mutual understanding between the peoples and cultures of the EU and the Partner Countries.

 

Priority themes under Tempus are defined around the main components of the EU's higher education modernisation agenda and are therefore structured in the following three building blocks:

  • Curricular Reform
    Modernisation of curricula in academic disciplines identified as priorities by the Partner Countries, using the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the three cycle system and the recognition of degrees
  • Governance Reform
    • University management and services for students
    • Introduction of quality assurance
    • Institutional and financial autonomy and accountability
    • Equal and transparent access to higher education
    • Development of international relations
  • Higher Education and Society
    • Training of non-university teachers
    • Development of partnerships with enterprises
    • Knowledge triangle education-research-innovation
    • Training courses for public services (ministries, regional/local authorities)
    •  Development of lifelong learning in society at large
    • Qualifications frameworks

National and regional priorities are defined based on these themes.