Three projects from the University of Algarve (UAlg) submitted in early 2020 to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency, a European agency for the sector, were approved, announced the Algarve academy.
Of the 100 applications received by the European institution, 40 new courses were approved, four of them coordinated by Portuguese educational institutions, two of which are entirely led by UAlg.
Within the scope of the Erasmus Program, Action 2 (KA2) includes the Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters, which include projects designed and implemented by consortia of higher education institutions, of exceptional academic quality, selected by the European Commission as “examples of excellence in teaching European superior ”.
UAlg coordinates, from the Faculty of Science and Technology (FCT), the Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Chemical Innovation and Regulation (Erasmus Mundus Master Course in Applied Ecohydrology), being a partner in Erasmus Mundus International Master of Science in Marine Biological Resource.
Leader and pioneer in Portugal in the coordination of Joint Erasmus Mundus Masters Programs since 2004, the University of Algarve stands out again at the national level for creativity and leadership in this type of program, contributing to the creation and construction of a European teaching space superior level of excellence.
For each project, the maximum amount of funding to be allocated will be 4.4 million euros.
The approval of the three projects, which represents more than 10 million euros of financed investment, presents itself as "a strong commitment to internationalization, inclusive education and the development of collaborative international networks, projects and research", according to the University of Algarve, in a statement.
“The experience acquired by the institution in the management of KA2 Erasmus projects over time demonstrates that the work developed with international partners has a determining role in the international visibility of the institution and in its development”, reinforces UAlg.
The involvement in joint teaching and research programs has contributed to “an increasing recruitment of international student researchers and teachers and constitutes a certification of the quality of the institution”, he adds.
At the same time, by investing in partnerships for innovation and the exchange of good practices, it seeks to “increase the relationship between education, research and the business environment and the resolution of practical problems in communities”.