EU-CANADA Cooperation Programme

An official agreement was signed in October 1995 providing for a cooperation programme between the European Union and Canada in the area of higher education and training. Between 1996 and 2001, a total of 32 projects were approved. KU Leuven participated in one project in 1996 (Victimization, Mediation and Restorative Justice).

The new EC/Canada agreement renewing the Cooperation Programme entered into force on 1 March 2001 for a period of five years (2001-2005). KU Leuven co-ordinated one EU/Canada project, along with the University of Regina (GLOBUS - Social Justice and Human Rights in the Era of Globalisation); and participated in one project (FACDEV - Promoting faculty development to enhance the quality of learning in higher education). The project was co-ordinated by the Université Catholique de Louvain and by McGill University.

In 2006, Canada and the European Union renegotiated the long-standing programme which will run for an additional eight years (2006-2013). The new agreement enables the continuation of activities such as the development of curricula, international internships, exchanges and study abroad with provision for credit recognition.

The EU-Canada Programme funds joint study and training programmes allowing transatlantic exchanges between European and Canadian education institutions. The Agreement focuses on four activities to benefit higher education students, vocational education and training teachers, trainers and administrative staff.