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The European Commission will invest 3.8 million in fourteen new transatlantic cooperation projects in the field of education, an amount that will be matched by the US authorities, the Commission announced on 14 September. This is part of the Atlantis Programme signed one year ago to encourage an innovative and sustainable range of student-centred activities, in both higher education and vocational education and training, and between different regions of the European Union and the United States.

With innovative courses and degree structures, such as joint or double degrees, students participating in these transatlantic exchanges will gain the knowledge, professional skills and language capabilities that are becoming essential to successful participation in the modern workforce and meeting the social challenges of the 21st century.

This year the selected projects are as follows: eight transatlantic degrees' (joint or double bachelor's or master's degrees); two excellence in mobility' projects (these are projects that are similar to the EU's Erasmus university exchange programme, and which focus on curriculum development with student mobility for one academic term); and four policy oriented measures' aimed at enhancing transatlantic collaboration through studies, seminars, working groups and benchmarking exercises that address comparative higher education and vocational training issues.

In total, the selected projects cover 32 European institutions from 12 member states and 22 American institutions. The most-represented member states are Germany, the UK, Italy, Spain and Sweden.

Highlights from the transatlantic degree' projects include double bachelor degrees in geo-sciences, urban planning and information management. Dual master's degrees include programmes in mechanics, and materials and electronic engineering. Under the policy oriented measures', highlights include a study to map existing transatlantic dual/double degree programmes, and projects addressing applied research in gender equity and entrepreneurship education.

Since the programme was launched in 1995, 136 projects have been funded involving close to 400 European universities and vocational training institutions and an equal number of institutions in the USA. To date, over 4,000 students have participated in this programme in two-way exchanges.

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Publication:European Report
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Date:Sep 18, 2007
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