The main objective of the project EURASIA 2 is to contribute to the promotion of the European system of higher education world-wide (Bologna Declaration) and to strengthen the existing network of co-operation among universities in Asia and Europe by expanding their experience in student and staff exchanges to the associate institutions, and thus disseminate good practice with regard to organisation of mobility and Bologna implementation (ECTS, DS) in all participating countries.
The specific objectives are the improvement of education and research capabilities of EU and Asian countries in subjects relevant to sustainable environmental and natural resource management (i.e. applied life sciences in the broadest sense of the term) to meet present and future societal challenges by contributing to education for sustainable development, to promote cooperation and solidarity among scientists and scholars in the EU and Asian partner countries; in the area of human resources to contribute to the enhancement of academic and professional staff expertise; to produce and transmit scientific and scholarly knowledge and information on curricula development, on the use of ECTS and DS etc. in the participating countries.
The geographical coverage of the partnership is very balanced. 8 EU partners (Austria, Czech Republic, France, Germany, The Netherlands, Poland and Sweden) represent a balanced mixture of "old" EU members and newer member states, covering Northern and Central as well as Eastern EU Universities. All these European universities offer dozens of study programmes taught entirely in English, which is extremely important for student and staff exchange. The Asian partners comprise 4 countries from Group A (Mongolia, Vietnam - North and South, Laos, Cambodia), as well as 4 countries from Group B (China, Indonesia, Malaysia and Thailand). This guarantees a wide geographic coverage of the network. Furthermore, the consortium has decided to accept on average two HEI from each of the Asian countries involved, in order to disseminate the mobility possibilities as widely as possible within the consortium. The wide range of associates from the same countries but also from additional eligible countries, guarantees that a sufficient number of potential participants from target groups 2 and 3 will be duly informed about the scholarships offered.
In total 120 mobility flows have been planned in frame of this project from Asian institutions to EU. The planned exchange activities and mobility flows involve staff and students representing all levels of the participating institutions: BSc-, MSc-, and PhD-students, Post-doctorate as well as Academic staff. Topics of doctoral theses will be defined and agreed upon between host and sending institution and will include a co-supervisor from the sending institution whenever possible. Thus the mobility of young researchers and the selected research topics will result in further scientific cooperation between the institutions on topics of mutual interest. The mobility of post-docs together with academic staff will contribute to exchanging information about the Bologna process and the ECTS system as well as to the development of further joint research and educational projects.