Jordan in International Credit Mobility
For over 30 years, students and staff have moved between European universities through the Erasmus programme. Since 2015, Erasmus+ has also allowed short-term mobility to Europe from other parts of the world for students, researchers, and staff. This two-way mobility allows students to study in a foreign university for 3-12 months and obtain credits, which are then recognised at the sending institution as part of their degree. A grant for staff mobility is also possible for 5-60 days. There are distinct budgets for different regions of the world that are divided between all Programme Countries.
Programme-Country institutions establish bilateral partnerships with universities from Southern Mediterranean countries and apply on behalf of their partners.
The goal of the National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan at the beginning of the program was to double the number of mobilities in both directions by the end of the first phase. The intensive efforts of NEO Jordan and the program's excellent reputation have successfully paid off, as we were able to double the number of Jordanian students who were mobilized to Europe and five-folded the number of European students who were mobilized to Jordan (as shown in the figure).
Jordan in Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) award full-degree scholarships to Master students from around the world covering tuition, travel, and a living allowance. The programmes last from one to two years during which students study in at least two different European countries. Upon graduation, they are awarded a joint or a double degree, or multiple degrees.
From 2014 to 2020, fifty students from Jordan got EMJM scholarships.
Jordan in Capacity Building in Higher Education
Erasmus+ Capacity Building in Higher Education action (CBHE) projects are aimed at modernizing and reforming higher education institutions, developing new curricula, improving governance, and building relationships between higher education institutions and enterprises, lasting for 2-3 years. They can also tackle policy topics and issues, preparing the ground for higher education reform, in cooperation with national authorities. Around 16% of the annual global budget for CBHE projects is earmarked for South Mediterranean countries
Capacity building projects can be addressed to a group of countries or a single country. They can also be cross-regional, including institutions from different partner regions.
Erasmus+ has funded 53 CBHE projects in Jordan, in which Jordan acts as the Grant Holder for 16 projects. Erasmus+ enabled Jordanians to prepare better projects, and to better manage these projects.
The National Erasmus+ Office in Jordan has dedicated its efforts to improve CBHE projects for Jordanian HEIs through information days and seminars conducted especially for CBHE, and practical workshops on “How to prepare good project proposals”. As a result, and under the 4th and 5th calls for CBHE, Jordanian institutions have confirmed their strong interest in this action, making Jordan one of the most active countries in the South Mediterranean region and the most active country in the world in the last call 2020 with a total of 98 project proposals submitted.
Cooperation with other countries
Erasmus+ CBHE projects allowed Jordan HEIs to cooperate with 38 countries in Europe and Asia.