source: website ec.europa.eu/education/external-relation-programmes/doc72_en.htm
Erasmus Mundus is a cooperation and mobility programme in the field of higher education that aims to enhance the quality of European higher education and to promote dialogue and understanding between people and cultures through cooperation with Third-Countries. In addition, it contributes to the development of human resources and the international cooperation capacity of Higher education institutions in Third Countries by increasing mobility between the European Union and these countries.
The Erasmus Mundus programme provides support to:
This Action will foster cooperation between higher education institutions and academic staff in Europe and Third Countries with a view to creating poles of excellence and providing highly trained human resources.
Joint programmes of outstanding academic quality are designed and implemented by a consortium of European universities from at least 3 different countries. Consortia may also include universities from other parts of the world. Scholarships / fellowships are open to higher education students and academics from all over the world. Programmes include obligatory study and research periods, in at least two universities, and award recognised double, multiple or joint degrees.
Action 1 provides:
Partnerships in the framework of Erasmus Mundus 2009-2013 are the basis for enhancing academic cooperation and exchanges of students and academics, contributing to the socio-economic development of non-EU countries targeted by EU external cooperation policy. Consortia must include a minimum of 5 higher education institutions from at least 3 European countries and a number of higher education institutions from targeted non-European regions. Special attention is given to disadvantaged groups and populations in vulnerable situations.
Action 2 provides:
The Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window (ECW) was a higher education cooperation and mobility scheme launched in 2006 by EuropeAid Development and Cooperation and implemented by the Executive Agency Education, Audiovisual and Culture. It promoted partnerships and institutional cooperation exchanges between European higher education institutions and those in third countries, as well as a mobility scheme with scholarships for student and academic exchanges.
The objectives and provisions of the External Cooperation Window were incorporated into the second phase of the Erasmus Mundus programme (2009-2013), action 2.