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Australia and European Union strengthen education links

30 May 2006

The Minister for Education, Science and Training, the Hon Julie Bishop MP, today announced four new projects aimed at creating enduring education links between Australia and the European Union (EU).

The projects, jointly funded by the Australian Government and the European Commission through the fourth round of the EU - Australia Education Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training Projects, range from studies in international relations and security to developing environmental sustainability programmes.

“The EU - Australia Education Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training Projects will create greater understanding and interaction between education institutions and students in both Australia and the EU,” said Minister Bishop.

“Twelve Australian universities and fourteen European universities will participate in the Programme, enabling more than 160 Australian undergraduates the opportunity to study in Europe for a

semester.

“This will not only broaden our base for academic cooperation with the EU, but it will also help to raise the international profile of Australian education.”

The Australian Government and the European Commission have each committed $1.7 million (AUD) to the fourth round of the programme.

An attachment of the four successful projects follows. For further information on the successful projects, go to: http://www.dest.gov.au/sectors/international_education

Media Contacts: Minister Bishop’s Office: Tory Vidler 0414 228 727 Dept of Education, Science & Training: Leigh Harris (02) 6240 9214

Attachment: Successful applicants for Fourth Round of EU-Australia Cooperation in Higher Education and Vocational and Technical Education

Project 1: Building and Interdisciplinary Collaborative Program in Business, Environment, Science and Technology

Australia: Macquarie University (lead institution) Flinders University Griffith University La Trobe University Murdoch University University of Newcastle

European Union: The University of East Anglia, United Kingdom (lead institution) Bodenkultur University of Natural Resources and Applied Life Sciences, Vienna, Austria Linköping University, Sweden

Project 2: Global Citizenship: European and Australian perspectives

Australia: Macquarie University (lead institution) Flinders University La Trobe University

European Union: Malmö University, Sweden (lead institution) University of Cyprus, Cyprus University of Rome Tre, Italy Utrecht University, The Netherlands

Project 3: Governance and Security: Challenges to Policing in the 21st Century

Australia: Griffith University (lead institution) Flinders University Monash University University of Western Sydney

European Union: Keele University, United Kingdom (lead institution) Institute d’Etudes Politiques de Grenoble, France Univerza v Mariboru, Slovenia

Project 4: Network of Undergraduate Degrees in Ethics, Human Rights and Institutions

Australia: Charles Sturt University (lead institution) Australian National University University of Adelaide University of Melbourne

European Union: University of Lancaster, United Kingdom (lead institution) Luiss University, Rome, Italy

University of Bielefeld, Germany University of Helsinki, Finland

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