EU-Australia co-operation in education and training is underpinned by policy dialogue at government level and bilateral projects among institutions.
The 2013 dialogue was held in Melbourne and concentrated on the challenges posed by globalisation and rapid technological advance for tertiary education.
The European Commission and Australia have co-operated in curriculum development and mobility projects since 2002. These have funded over 1.100 students from 35 Australian and 66 European institutions (from 20 Member States) to spend a study period abroad.
Exchanges such as these give students the opportunity to develop their personal skills, improve their employment prospects and prepare them for working in increasingly globalised environments. They have also strengthened links between European and Australian institutions. The next round of EU-Australia bilateral projects will be announced in second semester 2013.
The EU has established an alumni association – OCEANS – to maintain links between former and future participants in the co-operation programme.