The Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) action supports international cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships between organisations active in the field of higher education. It supports the relevance, quality, modernisation and responsiveness of higher education in third countries not associated to the Programme for socio-economic recovery, growth and prosperity and reacting to recent trends, in particular economic globalisation but also the recent decline in human development, fragility, and rising social, economic and environmental inequalities exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. CBHE projects are based on consortium of Higher Education Institutions and other organisations from 27 EU Member States and 6 third countries associated with the Programme (former Programme Countries) and third countries non-associated with the Programme (former Partner countries) aimed at developing new and necessary mechanisms to advance partner HEIs, new teaching and learning tools, new curricula etc.
The action is expected to contribute to the overarching priorities of the European Commission:
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- Green Deal – Higher Education systems are crucial for supporting the Green Deal, potentially enabling a profound change in peoples’ behaviour and skills. CBHE projects are encouraged to develop competences in various sustainability-relevant sectors, green sectorial skills strategies and methodologies, as well as future-oriented curricula that better meet the needs of individuals. Erasmus+ also supports the testing of innovative practices to prepare learners and higher education providers to become true agents of change.
- Digital transformation – Projects should support the development and uptake of digital skills to make the digital transformation as comprehensive and inclusive as possible. Encourage development and implementation of digital higher education strategies. Accompany the digital transition by mainstreaming digitalisation in higher education systems and reinforcing programmes covering digital skills. Provide assistance to teacher training and online education learning.
- Integration of migrants – Projects should promote mobility and in particular support the recognition of degrees and credentials in the different regions, also to support intra-regional connectivity. Projects should support the integration of migrants and displaced persons through the access to education.
- Governance, peace, security and human development – CBHE projects can help lay the foundations for strengthening active citizenship and build specific expertise in areas such as democracy, human rights and multilateralism. CBHE projects can help unlock long-term solutions to problems of weak governance in higher education.
- Sustainable growth and jobs – Education is needed to build skills for life and work, such as foundational skills, ‘soft’ skills (e.g. problem solving, communication), and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Maths (STEAM). Education also supports employability and is a precondition for sustainable growth.
The action will contribute also to the external dimension of EU internal policies in the field of education. It will support a successful green and sustainable global economic recovery in the third countries not associated to the Programme, linked to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and the Paris Agreement. The activities and outcomes of CBHE projects must be geared to benefit the eligible third countries not associated to the Programme, their higher education institutions and systems.