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Parliamentary questions
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12 October 2015
E-011472/2015(ASW)
Answer given by Mr Navracsics on behalf of the Commission
Question reference: E-011472/2015

The Commission agrees that universities have a vital role to play in ensuring stability and progress in the region.

The Commission supports Palestinian universities through a National Erasmus+ Office based in Ramallah, which organises information days and provides advice to universities. An increasing number of Palestinian universities participate in projects allowing them fostering mobility and modernising curricula, teaching methods and governance.

The most recent figures on Erasmus+ and FP7/Horizon funding are so far as follows:

Tempus IV (2008-2013)(1): Occupied Palestinian Territories (OPT): 12 projects (EUR 8.5 million); Israel: 18 projects (EUR 10.3 million);
Erasmus+ (Capacity Building in Higher Education): OPT: 7 projects (EUR 3.6 million); Israel: 5 projects (EUR 4.3 million);
Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (2008-2013): OPT: 11 universities (539 students); Israel: 13 universities (694 students);
Erasmus+ (International Credit Mobility): OPT: 170 beneficiaries; Israel 1 075 beneficiaries);
Marie Curie Actions(2) (2008-2013): OPT: 3 research organisations (EUR 0.4 million), 5 researchers; Israel: 630 research organisations (EUR 74.1 million), 607 researchers;
Marie Skłodowska-Curie Actions: OPT: none; Israel: 56 research organisations.
FP7 (2008-2013): OPT: EUR 2.7 million; Israel: EUR 877 million
Horizon2020: OPT: EUR 0.04 million; Israel: EUR 124 million

(1)Tempus IV supported the modernisation of higher education.
(2)The Marie (Skłodowska-)Curie Actions support the training and career development of researchers and are part of FP7/Horizon 2020.

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