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About the ALISIOS Project

ALISIOS stands for Academic Links and Strategies for the Internationalisation of the HE Sector. It is a European Erasmus Mundus Action 3 project promoted by eight EU and Brazilian organisations deeply involved in academic internationalisation, with a wide range of expertise in mobility programmes, institutional strategy and HE policy development.

The overall objective of the project is to create better synergies between the EU policy dialogue with Brazil and academic cooperation projects and activities currently underway with European and Brazilian support, with an emphasis on exploring the opportunities created by the Science without Borders (SwB) mobility programme. By narrowing the gap between the policy processes underway at EU level and the agents involved at national level (individual HEI staff, networks of HEI, international education associations, governments and governmental agencies), ALISIOS will contribute greatly to the full development of the huge potential of the EU-BR partnerships in academic cooperation, research integration, innovation and exchange.

It will use this experience to draw important conclusions for European cooperation with other emerging countries and regions, which face similar challenges of ensuring effective engagement of academics and staff in the overarching strategies defined at policy level dialogues.

The project started in September 2013 and ended in December 2015.

Download the project leaflet in English or in Portuguese

ALISIOS activities and outputs

  • Events (workshops and final conference)
  • Publications (leaflet, newsletter, papers and final project publication in English and Portuguese)
  • Online resources (website and videos in English and Portuguese)
  • Community of practice (Science without Borders Forum and other virtual discussion groups)

Specific topics to be addressed

Mobility quality tools and practices

  • Fostering a better understanding of the EHEA and ERA as well as of the Brazilian Higher Education System and Research organisation;
  • Working towards improvement in the recognition in Europe of qualifications obtained in Brazil and vice-versa;
  • Fostering structured mobility;
  • Sharing know how on the design, development and implementation of joint education programmes and science and innovation partnerships.

Institutional strategies for internationalisation

  • Building awareness for the necessity of strategy development for internationalisation, namely the embedding of internationalisation into the institutions’ overall strategy;
  • Raising awareness amongst European and Brazilian higher education institutions on the policy frameworks in which higher education and research collaboration take place;
  • Analysing different models and approaches for inter-institutional teaching and research partnerships and cooperation relations.

Main target groups

1) The direct beneficiaries of the project are individual HEI staff but also HEI associations and other networks, in particular: 

  • Pro-rectors for Postgraduate Studies and Research
  • Pro-rectors for International Relations Heads of department
  • Heads of research groups and labs
  • PhD supervisors
  • Heads of International Relations Offices
  • CRUB (Council of Brazilian University Presidents)
  • ANDIFES (Brazilian Association of the Presidents of Federal Higher Education Institutions)
  • ABRUEM (Brazilian Association of Rectors of State and Municipal Universities)
  • FOPROP (Forum of Brazilian Pro-Rectors for Post-graduate Studies and Research)
  • Other networks of EU universities and international organisations active in the HE sector, such as ACA

They are the primary actors involved in mobility and joint research involving graduate students, PhD students, post-docs and staff and can be defined as the ‘middle layer’ in implementing major scholarship and cooperation programmes. They have been recognized as playing a fundamental role in fostering the mobility flows and ensuring their quality and sustainability. Therefore, the project activities and outputs will help them to improve policies, support measures and tools in the implementation of those programmes. The project outputs will be of particular importance to the associations and networks, as they will dispose of relevant tools to answer to the demands for capacity building of their associated members in a larger scale. 

2) Governments and governmental agencies, in particular: 

  • CAPES (Coordination for Enhancement of Higher Education Personnel – MEC/Brazil)
  • CNPq (National Council for Scientific and Technological Development – MCTI/Brazil)
  • MCTI (Brazilian Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation)
  • MEC (Brazilian Ministry of Education and Culture)
  • MRE-Itamaraty (Brazilian Ministry of External Affairs)
  • EU Commission
  • EU-BR Steering Committee
  • EU DG Research & Innovation
  • National ministries of education and research in Europe (that provide policy and funding support for the SwB and have identified it as part of the their international collaboration agenda);
  • Other SwB agencies and associations coordinating SwB in Europe (Universities.UK, UNIVERSIDAD.ES, NUFFIC, DAAD, etc.)

As the project strives to bridge policy and practice, these entities will benefit from the fact that their policies and funding will be made more visible, aligned and directed to the relevant agents at institutional level. A part from that, the project activities and outcomes will also contribute to better prepare those agents to implement the education and research cooperation programmes more systematically and efficiently.

3) Students, post-docs and academic staff
These are the core target group of education, training and research grant programmes, and hence the indirect beneficiaries of this project, which endeavours to improve the policies, support measures and tools of the institutions that implement those programmes, and thus increase the quality, transparency and sustainability of the mobility experience. 

4) Governments and governmental agencies outside Europe and Brazil
These groups of agents, who face similar challenges in ensuring effective engagement of academics and staff in the overarching HE policy level strategies and in ensuring that their initiatives are used in the most efficient and effective way, will indirectly benefit from the project as they will be exposed to managerial concepts and instruments that they can transfer and adapt to their programmes and systems.




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Project Coordinator: Joaquim Carvalho

Project Officer: Rita Maia

Office of the Vice-Rector for International Relations

University of Coimbra

Colégio de S. Jerónimo - Largo D. Dinis

3000-143 Coimbra - PORTUGAL