EXPERTS I and its successors, EXPERTS II, EXPERTS III, EXPERTS4Asia, and EXPERTS - SUSTAIN, are scholarship projects funded by the European Commission targeted at citizens of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand. The EXPERTS Partnership includes 7 European and 13 South and South-East Asian (SSEA) Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) from 12 Asian countries.
The EXPERTS projects are coordinated by the University of Goettingen, Germany
The EXPERTS I, II, and III projects provide scholarship opportunities for students and staff from South and South-East Asia to European partner universities. The EXPERTS4Asia and EXPERTS - SUSTAIN projects also offer scholarships for EU students and staff to study and conduct research at the SSEA partner HEIs. The types of mobility which can be funded include:
One of the main goals of the EXPERTS Projects is to secure the sustainability of the successful multilateral collaboration created within all of the projects, including new players in the Erasmus Mundus programme. The consortia are composed of 5 countries from group A (Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, Nepal and Pakistan) and 7 countries from group B (China, India, Indonesia, the Maldives, Sri Lanka, the Philippines and Thailand). Altogether, the consortia consist of 13 universities from SSEA and 7 universities from the EU, allowing the coverage of as many subject areas as possible.
The projects have multifaceted objectives: they aim on the one hand to focus on excellence in technical fields and on the other to strengthen mobility in a wide range of disciplines, such as Agricultural and Environmental Studies; Engineering Technology; Health & Medical Studies; Social Development; Regional Development, Poverty & Growth; and Law. The projects further aim to address the specific country needs in the SSEA region whilst also considering the improvement of gender balance amongst the project's beneficiaries.
Numerous grants are offered within the projects, from which roughly three quarters are for Asian nationals heading to the EU and roughly one quarter for EU nationals heading to Asia.
The EXPERTS projects have successfully addressed the thematic needs of the partners within the targeted Third Countries. They have contributed to promoting European higher education, helped to improve and enhance the career prospects of students and researchers from SSEA, as well as to expose those in Europe to other educational, learning and research systems through coming into contact with the scholarship holders in their respective institutions, and fostered and promoted intercultural understanding.
The projects have likewise contributed to upgrading and enhancing educational qualifications, as well as teaching and research skills, through the effective implementation of student, researcher and teaching staff exchanges from South and South East Asia to Europe
Another particular accomplishment of the EXPERTS projects has been the implementation and fulfilment of the project objectives, with special emphasis here on their consideration of cross-cutting issues such as gender balance, brain drain, and the inclusion of vulnerable groups in this mobility programme.
Provisions have been made to cultivate and guarantee long-term relationships, sustainability, recognition and synergies between partners. According to the opinion of several local coordinators, the EXPERTS projects have contributed to positively strengthening cooperation between EU and SSEA HEIs, which is evident in the number of collaborations and cooperations which have occurred as a result of the projects. Numerous bilateral agreements and Memorandums of Understanding have been signed, and several joint research projects and programmes have been initiated among the consortia partners. These cooperations have not only been established between the partners within the consortia, but also with partners from the targeted region, namely Europe and SSEA. This is deemed to be a particularly significant achievement of the EXPERTS projects, and one which it is hoped will lead to even more long-lasting international success in the future of academic cooperations.
This section quantifies the achievements for each EXPERTS project by presenting indicators which measure the sucess of the individual projects in achieving their goals. These indicators are, for instance, the distribution of mobilities per Academic Level, Field of Study, Target Group Composition, Nationality Participation and Gender Balance.
For detailed information on the individual project's specific goals, achievements and summary statistics, please click on the desired project:
Of the 5 projects, EXPERTS4Asia (2013 - 2017) and EXPERTS - SUSTAIN (2014 - 2018) are currently still offering scholarships for academic and professional mobilities both to Asia and Europe. All other scholarships for EXPERTS II (2011 - 2015) and EXPERTS III (2012 - 2016) have now been distributed, and the corresponding mobilities have already been completed.
The EXPERTS consortia consists of 20 partner universities, 7 of which are from European and 13 of which are from South and South-East Asian (namely from Bangladesh, Afghanistan, Bhutan, China, India, Indonesia, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Sri Lanka and Thailand) Higher Education Institutions.
Each partner plays a specific, and key, role in the consortia and overall implementation of the project. Göttingen University, as the main coordinator, oversees the organisation of the project and manages the scholarships and mobilities.
The Joint Coordinator, IPB Bogor, ensures that the project is more effective in those aspects requiring a deep knowledge of the country, such as the definition of vulnerable categories and the recognition of studies. Regarding the total number of mobility flows, the proposed scheme allows to distribute the project funding to a large number of individuals well over the minimum established by the Call for Proposals.
The associate partners are chosen since they represent a network of universities (such as SEARCA and HUC in Asia, and COIMBRA Group and AGRINATURA in Europe), research institutions (such as SIAS - Nepal, TISS), and NGOs (such as PRADAN and JRS - AP). They ensure the effective dissemination of information about the project. To see the complete list of associates click here: Associates.