Stage Set for Big EU Project Focusing on South East Asia

Along with seats of learning in Thailand, Indonesia, Laos, Cambodia, Vietnam and several seats of learning in Europe, the Erasmus Mundus project is started, intended to increase the opportunities for education and research exchange between South East Asia and Europe.

The purpose of the project is to get a better understanding and a mutual enrichment by strengthening the political, cultural, economic and education ties between the EU and South East Asia.

The news that the University of Borås had its application for being a coordinator cleared came as a surprise last Monday, and a quick meeting was set up in order to give the planning process an immediate start. As early as this autumn the project will be launched and the first exchange applications will be submitted.

For Students at All Levels

Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window is a EU funded scholarship and mobility programme for higher education and research. In the project coordinated by the University of Borås, the target audience is students at the basic and advanced levels, PhD students and post-docs plus teachers. The scholarship covers the areas of technology, science, business, education, social studies and teacher practice.

“South East Asia is an important developing region, one of the world’s fastest growing, and is therefore very interesting to the University of Borås,” says Hans Björk, dean at the School of Engineering, who is very pleased that the application passed. “It is also important that we take part in creating conditions for growth in poor countries and contribute to democratic growth, so there is an aid dimension to all this. Simultaneously we want to show out international ambitions.”'

“This is very pleasing,” says Peter Ahlström, senior lecturer at the School of Engineering, who has been in charge of the contacts with the other partner universities in order to, with Johanna Severinsson, international coordinator, process the application before the EU’s deadline. There are a lot of things to take into consideration when seats of learning in many different countries and with differing legislation are to be coordinated. The future is now looked upon as a very exciting and interesting time.

The University of Borås already cooperates with the Gadjah Mada University in Indonesia and the Asian Institute of Technology in Thailand, as well as with the project’s European partners.


Participating Seats of Learning in Asia
    * Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
    * Gadja Mada University, Indonesia
   * National University of Laos, Laos
    * Institut de la Technologie du Cambodge, Cambodia
    * Ho Chi Minh City University of Technology, Vietnam

Participating Seats of Learning in Europe
    * The University of Borås, Sweden, coordinator
    * Chalmers University of Technology, Sweden
    * Universidade do Minho, Portugal
    * Université de Savoie, France
    * Universidad de Alcalá, Spain
    * Politecnico di Torino, Italy

Scholarships will be awarded to 46 students from Europe, who go to South East Asia. 125 students from South East Asia will come to Europe. 35 teachers from South East Asia to Europe, 15 in the opposite direction. The scholarships do not, however, cover mobility within Europe or South East Asia.
The scholarship covers course fees (up to €5000/year), insurance, trip and a monthly allowance between €1000 and €2500. The scholarship can be awarded for anything between 1 and 34 months.
The project budget is about €5 million.
The project is to go on between the 15th of July 2009 until the 15th of July 2012.