Currently TEMPUS is transformed into CAPACITY BUILDING IN HIGHER EDUCATION ACTION under new EU Programme - ERASMUS+. Please follow the new calls for proposals at: http://www.erasmusplus.org.ua/en/erasmus/ka2-cooperation-for-innovation-and-good-practices/capacity-building.html

Background

Tempus is the European Union's programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region, mainly through university cooperation projects.

It also aims to promote voluntary convergence of Partner Country higher education systems with EU developments in the field of higher education. In addition to institutional cooperation Tempus also promotes a "people to people" approach.

Tempus provides support to consortia of institutions composed mainly of universities or university associations. Non-academic partners can also be part of a consortium.

The overall objective of Tempus is to contribute to the creation of an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and Partner Countries in the countries neighbouring the EU.

Details on the programme: http://www.tempus.org.ua/en/tempus.html

Ukraine joined TEMPUS on 29 April 1993. At that period the program focused on improvements of university governance and management, upgrading old curricula and developing new course and programs, professional development of teachers, especially in the such disciplines as economics, foreign languages, social science, European studies and law.

Ukrainian higher education institutions actively participated in the TEMPUS program from the very beginning. Therefore, it is only reasonable that currently TEMPUS projects are being implemented in most regions of Ukraine. Over that period, Ukrainian universities have demonstrated their commitment to reforms and strong dedication to the development of higher education, introduction of innovative approaches and state-of-the-art technologies in the educational field.

During the third phase of TEMPUS program in 2000-2006 the shift occurred to new priorities and new disciplines came into the focus of the program. Ukraine's participation in TEMPUS III program coincided with its aspirations to join the European Higher Education Area in line with Bologna process, which was reflected in the projects. As to the list of priority disciplines for that period of time, it included in addition to economics and business management, agrarian science, ICT and environment.

Starting from 2000, participation in the TEMPUS projects is broadened beyond higher education institutions and is opened to companies, non-governmental and non-for-profit organizations, authorities. Accordingly, among participants of the TEMPUS projects in Ukraine, we can find the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, Ministries of Education and Science, Environmental Protection, Agricultural Policy, regional state administrations, municipalities, entrepreneurs' associations and students' unions, agricultural companies, ports and research institutes.

Currently, the priorities and directions of the TEMPUS program in Ukraine are directly linked to the advancement of the Bologna process.

As a consequence of TEMPUS projects, new courses and curricula were developed that meet the current requirements of Ukrainian labour market. University teachers confirm that cooperation with European colleagues within the TEMPUS project enabled them to obtain new knowledge, master new teaching skills and evaluation techniques, which resulted in greater competitiveness of their universities, improved their status and standing.

On the whole, the TEMPUS program facilitated internationalization of Ukrainian universities, helped to establish long-term partnerships between them and their European counterparts that did not stop after project completion, and assisted with initiation of new research projects or exchange programs. On many occasions, TEMPUS projects helped to set up a dialogue between higher education institutions and Ministry of Education and Science or its regional branches; between faculty and administration; between employers, teachers and students.

Not all Ukrainian universities have implemented Bologna principles and transferred to a three-cycle education system. But those universities where changes have taken place and whose curricula fully meet the recommendations of Bologna process link their progress and success to TEMPUS projects participation.
Within the framework of the TEMPUS I, II, III programs from 1993 to 2006, about 300 TEMPUS projects were implemented in Ukraine.

As part of Tempus Programme, more than 300 projects have been financed in Ukraine between 1994 and 2013, including about 166 Joint Projects, 40 Structural Measures, and about 100 Individual Mobility Grants. More than 85 million funds invested by EU to Ukraine for 20 years of Tempus Programme implementation in Ukraine.
Based on results of six Tempus IV calls for proposals involving Ukrainian partners, the EU has financed 94 projects: 12 projects in the 1st call (overall consolidated budget being about EUR 11 m), 12 in the 2nd (about EUR 11 m), 5 in the 3rd (about EUR 5 m), 9 in the 4th (about EUR 9 m), 23 in the 5th (about EUR 22 m) and 33 in six call (about EUR 32 m).

Last Tempus IV project will be finished in 2016. All interested are invited to use materials of the current TEMPUS IV projects, all information including contacts and web-sites in English and Ukrainian languages is available at: http://erasmusplus.org.ua/2014-05-30-14-56-19/prezentatsii/category/6-novyny-ta-baza-proektiv.html