The general aim of this Action is to develop, transfer and / or implement innovative practices in teaching, learning, institutional modernization and society in general. The aim is to create a new framework for institutional cooperation and networking European level than working in the field of education and training or in the field of youth.

The activities to be financed shall comply with a double objective:

  • Have a lasting and positive effect on the Participating Institutions
  • Produce impact on organizations and people

This Key Action supports:

  1. Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth
  2. Knowledge Alliances
  3. Sector Skills Alliances
  4. Capacity Building in the field of higher education


  1. Strategic Partnerships in the field of education, training and youth

Strategic Partnerships aim to support the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices as well as the implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer learning and exchanges of experience at European level.
Strategic Partnerships are open to any type of organisation active in any field of education, training and youth or other socio-economic sectors as well as to organisations carrying out activities that are transversal to different fields.

This type of action is to develop, transfer and / or joint initiatives to implement innovative local institutional, regional and European level:

  • Increasing the capacity and relevance of learning in education and training, encouraging new approaches and supporting the dissemination of good practice.
  • Developing and providing advisory services in key skills: basic skills, transferable skills, entrepreneurship, languages, digital literacy.
  • Strengthening links Education / Training in the workplace.
  • Promoting innovative educational development (collaborative learning, critical thinking ...).
  • Promoting interregional and intersectorial structured cooperation.
  • Promoting the professional development of all those who are involved in the educational world.
  • Improving the capacity of institutions dealing with education, especially in those activities that have to do with globalization, strategic development, leadership and inclusion.
  • Promoting entrepreneurship education for developing active citizenship, employability and creating new business fabric.
  • Increasing participation in learning and employability through the development of support services and advisory work.
  • Facilitating the transition of students from different levels and types of formal and informal education through the use of European tools for recognition, validation and transparency.

More information about Call 2015 KA2 Higher Education:

Strategic Partnership with participation of the Universitat de València:

Strengthening the nurses and health care profesionals' capacity to deliver culturally competent and compassionate care

Acrónim: IENAE4

Responsible research: Jorge Garcés Ferrer


  1. Knowledge Alliances

Knowledge Alliances are transnational, structured and result-driven projects, notably between higher education and business. Knowledge Alliances are open to any discipline, sector and to cross-sectorial cooperation. The partners share common goals and work together towards mutually beneficial results and outcomes.

Knowledge Alliances are meant to have a short and long-term impact on the wide range of stakeholders involved, at individual, organisational and systemic level.

Knowledge Alliances aim at strengthening Europe's innovation capacity and at fostering innovation in higher education, business and the broader socio-economic environment. They intend to achieve one or more of the following aims:

  • develop new, innovative and multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning;
  • stimulate entrepreneurship and entrepreneurial skills of higher education teaching staff and enterprise staff;
  • facilitate the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge.

In addition, priority will be given to projects that contribute to the modernisation of Europe's Higher Education Systems, namely to increase attainment levels; improve the quality and relevance of higher education; strengthen quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation; make the knowledge triangle work; improve governance and funding.

More information: Knowledge alliances


  1. Sector Skills Alliances

Sector Skills Alliances are transnational projects drawing on evidence of trends in a specific economic sector and skills needed in order to perform in one or more professional fields. Sector Skills Alliances will work to design and deliver joint vocational training programmes and teaching and training methodologies. A particular focus is to be put on work-based learning, providing learners with the skills required by the labour market.

The sectors that will be eligible under this action are sectors with skills imbalances, to which current Commission policies respond:

  • Manufacturing& Engineering
  • Commerce
  • Information and communication technology
  • Environmental technologies (Eco-innovation)
  • Cultural and creative sectors
  • Health care
  • Tourism.

Sector Skills Alliances shall aim at tackling skills gaps, enhancing the responsiveness of initial and continuing VET systems to sector-specific labour market needs and demand for new skills with regard to one or more occupational profiles.

This should be achieved by:

  • modernising VET by adapting to skills needs and integrating work based learning and exploiting its potential to drive economic development and innovation, notably at local and regional levels, increasing the competitiveness of the sectors concerned;
  • strengthening the exchange of knowledge and practice between vocational education and training institutions and the labour market integrating work-based learning;
  • facilitating labour mobility, mutual trust and increased recognition of qualifications at European level within the sectors concerned.

More information: Sector skills alliances


  1. Capacity Building in the field of higher education

Capacity Building Projects are transnational cooperation projects based on multilateral partnerships primarily between higher education institutions (HEIs) from Programme and eligible Partner Countries. They can also involve non-academic partners to strengthen the links with society and business and to reinforce the systemic impact of the projects. Through structured cooperation, exchange of experience and good practices and individuals' mobility, Capacity Building Projects aim to:

  • support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of the higher education field in the eligible Partner Countries;
  • support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management, governance;
  • contribute to cooperation between the EU and the eligible Partner Countries (and amongst the eligible Partner Countries);
  • promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education;
  • promote people to people contacts, intercultural awareness and understanding.

More information: Capacity building

Those university members interested in submiting a proposal to any of the previous calls  should contact the Project Unit at least 15 days before the deadline in order to proceed with the instituitonal signatures and with the reviwe of the budget.