2.What are the objectives of the Tempus programme?
The three objectives of the programme are mutual understanding, cooperation and higher education modernisation.
Tempus enhances understanding between cultures and strengthens cooperation in higher education between the European Union and countries from the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe, Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East. As the Tempus III Council Decision states: ‘cooperation on higher education strengthens and deepens the whole fabric of relations existing between people, brings out common cultural values, allows fruitful exchanges of views to take place and facilitates multinational activities in the scientific, cultural, artistic, economic and social spheres.’
Tempus promotes the ‘people to people’ approach: its added value lies in its promotion of international and regional cooperation, which generates better communication and new networks of personal and professional contacts between the academic worlds of the EU and the Partner Countries.
Higher Education Modernisation
The Tempus programme is designed to support the transition and modernisation processes in higher education through a range of interventions. It is a key instrument to consolidate the objectives pursued by the new financial instruments for the delivery of external assistance. In addition to the ‘people to people’ academic cooperation, Tempus aims at having an impact on higher education national policies.