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As a key association in the field, ACA draws its strength from its extensive membership of national-level organisations from Europe and beyond. By formally bringing together a distinct type of actors – national-level agencies and organisations active in the field of international higher education – ACA is a unique type of stakeholder organisation in the European higher education landscape, as well as in the world. In consequence, ACA defines itself as the “the European voice of national organisations for internationalisation in higher education”, being a framework in which members come together to enhance their capacities and join forces in supporting and ‘doing’ future-oriented, top-quality internationalisation.
In a nutshell, ACA’s 16 European member organisations, as well as its 3 non‑European associate members, support the opening-up and the enhancement of their higher education systems through international cooperation. They are involved in a wide array of activities, from:
Austria’s Agency for Education and Internationalisation (OeAD)
AT - 1010 Wien
The OeAD has advised, supported and connected people and institutions in education, science, research and culture for 60 years with its future-oriented programmes. As an agency of the Republic of Austria the OeAD thus contributes to inclusive, equal and high-quality education. The OeAD’s fields of activity are in Austria, Europe and internationally in priority countries.See less
Ravensteingalerij 27, box 6
Phone: +32 2 792 55 19
Fax: +32 2 211 41 99
The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMEUP)
Phone: +385 0 1 5005 635
Fax: +385 0 1 5005 699
The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes (AMEUP) is the National Agency responsible for the implementation of the the Erasmus+ and European Solidarity Corps programmes and initiatives in Croatia. The role of the AMEUP is to promote the Programmes, assist applicants and beneficiaries in the process of creating and running a project, and select projects to be funded and monitor them. The Agency for Mobility and EU Programmes is also responsible for informing and counselling in the area of Horizon 2020 programme, the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme.See less
Dům zahraniční spolupráce, Czech National Agency for International Education and Research (DZS)
Na Poříčí 1035/4
110 00 Prague 1
Dům zahraniční spolupráce (DZS) is an organisation established and directly managed by the Ministry of Education, Youth and Sports of the Czech Republic. The DZS performs tasks involved with ensuring educational, training and other relations with foreign countries under the instructions of the ministry. The DZS is responsible for a number of international programmes, carries out activities relating to promotion of education, provides information and consultation services and organises national and international seminars and conferences. The services are aimed at individuals, students, teachers, directors of all types of schools and other professionals, educational organisations and associations whose activities are related to education, and also both central and local authorities.See less
Education and Youth Board of Estonia (HARNO)
HARNO is responsible for implementing Estonia’s education and youth policies. HARNO's aim to provide Estonian people quality, contemporary and equally accessible means for education. We wish that everyone can create their personal learning path for their whole life.
HARNO helps opening up European education and research area to Estonia through European cooperation programmes and creates conditions for participation through accreditation and evaluation of higher education. It contributes to the development of quality education and helps making lifelong learning opportunities more widely available to Estonian people.
Finnish National Agency for Education (EDUFI)
Phone: +358 295 331 100
Fax: + 358 207 868 600
The Finnish National Board of Education and Centre for International Mobility (CIMO) merged to form Finnish National Agency for Education-EDUFI. The Agency continues to provide expert services in the same fields as its predecessors: developing education and life-long learning as well as promoting international mobility and cooperation,enhancing the internationalisation of higher education and training in Finland. EDUFI administers various scholarship and exchange programmes, offers international trainee placements, advances Finnish studies abroad and markets Finnish higher education worldwide. The organisation is also active in research on the internationalisation of higher education. EDUFI's client base covers a wide range of educational institutions, enterprises, authorities in charge of education, employment and youth and non-governmental organisations.See less
Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD)
DE - 53134 Bonn
The DAAD is a joint organisation of Germany’s higher education institutions. It promotes international academic relations all over the world, primarily through the exchange of students, academics and researchers. It offers more than 200 student and faculty scholarship and cooperation programmes which are open to applicants from abroad and Germany alike and cover all academic disciplines and all countries. In addition, the DAAD is funding the internationalisation of Germany’s universities through worldwide institutional partnerships, summer schools, international degree programmes, etc. Supporting the reform of higher education systems in developing and transition countries in the South and the East is one of DAAD`s tasks as well. All funding decisions are being taken by independent academic Selection Committees.
DAAD is also maintaining and establishing German language, literature and culture studies at selected universities around the world. International marketing of study, research and training in Germany and in the European Union belongs to DAAD’s main objectives as well. Besides the above mentioned activities the DAAD is acting as National Agency for EU Higher Education Cooperation (LLP-ERASMUS, ERASMUS Mundus, TEMPUS and other EU-Third Country Cooperation Programmes). All in all, the DAAD is supporting with a total budget of €350 million more than 55.000 people in cross-border education and research and 30.000 in mobility activities funded through LLP/ERASMUS.
State Scholarships Foundation (IKY)
41, Ethnikis Antistaseos Avenue
142 34 Nea Ionia – Attiki
Founded in 1951, the State Scholarships Foundation (IKY) has been continuously supporting scientists over the past 70 years in order to keep the Greek academic and research community abreast of advances. Managed by a Board of Directors appointed by the Minister of Education and Religious Affairs, IKY adheres to its long-standing mission of catering for the educational needs of the less advantaged groups of society by providing access to grants for studies in Greece and abroad that will open up academic paths with an added value for society as a whole.
In this context IKY continues its established cooperation with universities and academic services abroad (European University Institute in Florence, DAAD) and its Board of Directors design and implement new initiatives which correspond to emerging needs such as the French Hellenic initiative for postgraduate studies and research in France and the programme for financial support of doctoral candidates conducting research in Greek universities. The scolarships programmes are either nationally funded or co-financed by the European Union (European Social Fund-ESF).
IKY serves as the National Agency for the Erasmus+ programme 2021-2027. The new programme will capitalize on the experience and impact gained as a result of European cooperation in the fields of education and training dating back to 1987 and will open up more inclusive, digital and greener paths for the internationalization of the Greek higher education institutions. IKY also participates in the “Study in Greece initiative” actively promoting the Greek higher education to students from all over the world.
In accordance with its mandate, IKY funds scholarships addressed to foreigners for the promotion of the Greek language and culture, manages revenue from bequests to fund scholarships in Greece and abroad and provides excellence awards to undergraduate students.
Tempus Public Foundation
H-1077 Budapest, Kéthly Anna tér 1.
Tempus Public Foundation (TPF) is a non-profit organization established in 1996 by the Hungarian Government, with the task of managing international cooperation programmes and special projects in the field of education, training and EU-related issues.
Its activities focus on the management European, regional and national scholarship and cooperation programmes (Erasmus+, CEEPUS, Stipendium Hungaricum, Bilateral scholarships etc). It promotes these programmes and provides assistance and consulting services. Through its Knowledge Centre TPF provides structured information on education and training policies, implements initiatives for improving mobility and other internationalization measures, organises thematic conferences and issues publications.
The Icelandic Centre for Research
The Icelandic Centre for Research (RANNIS) supports research, innovation, education and culture in Iceland. RANNIS cooperates closely with the Icelandic Science and Technology Policy Council and provides professional assistance in the preparation and implementation of the national science and technology policy. It also provides a secretariat for the Quality Framework for Higher Education in Iceland and for the International Arctic Science Committee. RANNIS administers competitive funds in the fields of research, innovation, education and culture, as well as strategic research programmes.
RANNIS coordinates and promotes Icelandic participation in the main European cooperation programmes: Horizon 2020, Erasmus+ and Creative Europe, as well as Nordic cooperation including the Nordplus programmes. RANNIS supports directly academic cooperation with other countries mainly through the Erasmus+ and Nordplus mobility programmes – with a funding of just under 3 M€ in 2017. It further provides indirect support through the Research Fund where cooperation is a criterion for selection and thus encouraged, but not specifically funded.
RANNIS reports to the Ministry of Education, Science and Culture and operates according to the Act on Public Support for Scientific Research (No. 3/2003). At the end of 2017, RANNIS had a permanent staff of 46 of which 2 are dedicated to internationalization of universities.
Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills
The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills has an overall national responsibility for administrative tasks within higher education, higher vocational education and skills policy. The Directorate is a professional adviser to the Ministry of Education and Research, which implements policy and coordinates the means.
The Norwegian Directorate for Higher Education and Skills contributes to developing the quality of education and training, strengthening international cooperation, and contributes to the digital transformation of universities and university colleges. The Directorate works to raise the competence of the population, make education and training of high quality available to all throughout life, and ensure access to a competent workforce to employers.
Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange
Appreciating the importance of internationalization in higher education, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education initiated the establishment of the Polish National Agency for Academic Exchange (NAWA) in October 2017.
NAWA works towards internationalization of Polish science by supporting and stimulating international research collaboration and academic exchange. NAWA aims to reinforce the scientific excellence, internationalize Polish universities and scientific institutions and also to promote Poland and its language and culture to build the brand of the country with interesting educational and research opportunities. Those objectives are to be achieved through a wide range of Agency’s programmes:
Programmes for Scientists
Programmes for Institutions
Programmes for Students
Polish Language Programmes
For more information about NAWA please visit: www.nawa.gov.pl/en
SAIA, n.o. (The Slovak Academic Information Agency)
812 20 Bratislava 1
SAIA, n. o. is an NGO established in 1990 which through its programmes and services assists in developing internationalisation of education and research in Slovakia. SAIA provides information about studying and researching abroad and in Slovakia, organises selection of scholarship holders, seminars for Slovak HEIs, produces publications. SAIA administers the National Scholarship Programme for the Support of Mobility of Students, PhD Students, University Teachers and Researchers, the bilateral programme Action Austria – Slovakia, the multilateral programme CEEPUS. SAIA is also a part of the European Researcher´s Mobility Centres Network ERA-MORE and since 2007 is an intermediary of the Fund NIL Supporting Cooperation in the Field of Education (EEA / Norwegian Financial Mechanisms).See less
The Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes
Ob železnici 30a
The Centre of the Republic of Slovenia for Mobility and European Educational and Training Programmes (CMEPIUS) is a public institution working in the field of international projects and international mobility.
CMEPIUS positioned itself as a relevant partner within national as well as international educational environment, striving for quality, taking the role of initiator, coordinator of knowledge, experience and ideas. Our main tasks beside co-ordinating the Erasmus+ programme in the field of education, training and sport in to support the developments and its impact on the field of education and training. We are especially strong in the quality assessment and research of the internationalisation of higher education. In addition, CMEPIUS pursues national programmes of mobility (bilateral and multilateral scholarships of the Republic of Slovenia), Study in Slovenia initiative; EHEA project on internationalisation of curricula and acts as a Bridgehead Organisation of the EURAXESS National Centre. The team of the Centre is strongly dedicated to opening doors to experience for individuals and institutions through international programmes. We aim to offer opportunities to people of all ages and interests and to support the institutions of different profiles in their way to realisation of international projects in the field of education and training.
Movetia Swiss National Agency for Exchange and mobility
Movetia is the Swiss agency for exchange and mobility. It is sponsored by the Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility (SFAM). The organisation funds and supports exchange and mobility projects and activities in education and training, both in Switzerland and abroad and both in schools and in the extracurricular sphere. It links organisations and institutions in the area of exchange and mobility and brings together providers of projects and activities and those who are keen to get involved.
The Swiss Foundation for the Promotion of Exchanges and Mobility (SFAM) was set up in March 2016 by the State Secretariat for Education, Research and Innovation (SERI), the Federal Office of Culture (FOC), the Federal Social Insurance Office (FSIO) and the Swiss Conference of Cantonal Ministers of Education (EDK).
The Foundation sees itself as a platform that provides contacts and information related to exchange and mobility. It raises awareness of the importance of the topic among the public, policymakers and the media. It is also responsible for implementing exchange and mobility programmes in Switzerland and abroad. The Foundation operates under the name Movetia.
The SFAM Foundation has replaced the ch Foundation since the beginning of 2017.
Rectors' Conference of the Swiss Universities
Effingerstrasse 15, Postfach
CH - 3000 Bern 1
Phone: +41 31 335 07 40
swissuniversities is the Conference of Swiss Higher Education Institutions Rectors. It re-presents the interests of Swiss higher education institutions nationally and internationally. Its three principal responsibilities are to maintain and strengthen the diversity and comple-mentarity of Swiss higher education, to coordinate the activities of Switzerland's higher edu-cations institutions and higher education system, and to deepen and further develop coope-ration among Swiss universities of applied sciences, universities, and universities of teacher education.See less
The International Education Center (IEC)
7, Chavchavadze Avenue
The International Education Center (IEC), established in 2014, is a State Agency of Georgia, the core activities of which relate to managing state and international partner scholarship schemes for citizens of Georgia pursuing Bachelor’s, Master’s or Ph.D studies Internationally. Scholarship programs of the IEC are supported by the Government of Georgia and/or those of partner countries. IEC is an integral part of HEI development policy making, carrying essential volume of work concerned with fostering internationalization and capacity building of higher education institutions in Georgia through University Support Program , where the beneficiaries of the training programs constitute the HEI Faculty and Staff. Scholarship and Grant schemes extend to Public Sector as well, were professional development courses for civil servants are covered on a competition basis by IEC.See less
1077 XX Amsterdam
At ETS, we advance quality and equity in education for people worldwide by creating assessments based on rigorous research. ETS serves individuals, educational institutions and government agencies by providing customized solutions for teacher certification, English language learning, and elementary, secondary and post-secondary education, as well as conducting education research, analysis and policy studies. Founded as a non-profit in 1947, ETS develops, administers and scores more than 50 million tests annually — including the TOEFL® and TOEIC® tests, the GRE® tests and The Praxis Series™ assessments — in more than 180 countries, at over 9,000 locations worldwide.See less
The Institute of International Education (IIE)
809 United Nations Plaza
US-New York, NY 10017
IIE is a global non-profit higher education and professional exchange agency, whose members are over 600 higher education institutions around the world. Its mission is to foster mutual understanding, build global problem-solving capabilities, and develop institutional capacity. Worldwide, IIE administers over 200 projects involving close to 20,000 students, scholars and professionals annually. IIE implements its programmes in cooperation with government agencies, foundations, corporations, NGOs and universities.See less