Student cooperation projects between Sicily and southern Mediterranean countries

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Sicily opens its doors to students from Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia, countries on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. There are 12 transnational cooperation projects or research projects presented in the context of the ‘Higher Education’ call, the invitation to submit proposals addressed to tertiary training institutes of the Sicilian Region – that is, the Universities, the Afam: the high artistic, musical and dance training and ITS, the Higher Technical Institutes – and promoted by the ministerial agency Indire as part of the agreement signed with the Sicilian Region.

The initiative, funded by Axis III ‘Education and training’ 2014-2020 of the Po Fse Sicilia, aims to encourage and support the collaboration of Sicilian students and researchers with those of the southern shore of the Mediterranean, promoting the exchange of good practices, definition of joint projects, the development of networking between the Institutes and to enhance the promotion of the educational offer of the island. The resources made available to the call, amounting to 1 million euros, will finance the winning projects. “Thanks to this announcement, Universities, Conservatories, Academies of Fine Arts and Higher Technical Institutes – underlined the Regional Councilor for Education Roberto Lagalla – will have the opportunity to build and propose collaborative projects with similar institutions on the southern shore of the Mediterranean to promote research activities, didactic collaboration, integration between young people and international comparison. We are very satisfied with this step which marks an important step change and contributes to the international dissemination of the training proposal of our higher education system ”.

“The evaluation phase of the projects has already begun – explained Flaminio Galli, director general of the Indire Erasmus + National Agency – which had to be remodeled, also providing for their remote implementation, through multimedia and online activities, due to the current Covid restrictions. At the end of the evaluation phase, the agreements will be signed so that the projects can start between May and June and end at the end of 2022 “. (AdnKronos)