Erasmus Mundus - Universidade do Porto


India for EU II is a re-submission of the current India for EU project started in 2009 and aims at strengthening the ongoing cooperation fostered with India for EU and to widen its horizon by including in the partnership new universities and a wider range of study fields. During the implementation of India for EU the partnership has gained a significant expertise in the collaboration with India that is now the basis for readdressing the crucial issues of HE in this new proposal and for leading the cooperation further ahead.

One of the main goals pursued by India for EU II is that of consolidating a structured long-term cooperation among the partner HEIs in order to provide academics, decision-makers and other professionals in India with opportunities generated by the development of a sustainable network of European and Indian HEIs and the resulting teaching and research programmes in areas that influence development policies.

The Partnership is based on the present India for EU project with the goal of giving continuity and sustainability to the successful collaboration created among its partners. However it is expanded to include new partners in order to reach a better geographical coverage within Europe and India, increase the areas of study offered and include new Indian HEIs with less international experience or located in the those that are identified as “backward regions” by the Government of India.

The project has a double objective: it aims on one hand to focus on excellence in technical fields and on the other to strengthen mobility in a wide range of disciplines. The importance of enlarging the areas of study is of utmost importance because it allows to better suit the country needs and to improve the gender balance among the project’s beneficiaries. The partnership is composed accordingly: 5 EU and 5 Indian technical universities plus 5 EU and 5 Indian comprehensive HEIs. One of the Indian partner has taken the role of Joint Coordinator and will help in activating the participation of less experienced partners. The Joint Coordinator will also ensure that the project is more effective in those aspects requiring a deep knowledge of the country like the definition of vulnerable categories and the recognition of studies.

Regarding the total number of mobility flows, the proposed scheme allows to distribute the project funding to a large number of individuals well over the minimum established by the Call for Proposals. The Partnership is committed to distributing the mobility opportunities in even proportions among all partners, therefore facilitating the creation of a greater number of cooperation channels among the partners and with the potential of reaching a wider range of common interests in different thematic fields.