The WELCOME project aims at strengthening the relations between European, Egyptian and Lebanese HEIs, promoting the achievement of academic excellence; furthermore, one of its related goal is the alignment of third country Higher Education Systems to the European system, giving a boost to the Egyptian and Lebanese education reforms in a framework always respectful of the cultural specificities. Through the WELCOME project there will be the possibility to train and educate 198 beneficiaries in all fields addressed by the call covering all academic levels; as result these people will be better prepared to work in favour of improved EU-Egypt-Lebanon relations. The Partnership is composed of 10 European Universities representing 9 European countries, 6 Egyptian Universities and 4 Lebanese Universities distributed over the respective national territories. The experience of implementing the WELCOME project will create a real opportunity for further promoting research and educational collaborations among institutions in the EU, Egypt and Lebanon. Concerning the total number of mobilities, the proposed scheme not only satisfies the minimum established by the EM Call, but it also allows to distribute the project funding to a large number of individuals in equal proportions among all partners; this will therefore facilitate the creation of a greater number of cooperation channels among them, with the potential of reaching a wider range of common interests in different thematic fields. The scheme is designed in order to optimally approach the general goal of the Erasmus Mundus programme of promoting mutual understanding, innovation and quality of education, by multiplying the opportunities of collaboration among the partners and the development of expertise of professionals.
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