Capacity Building for Higher Education (CBHE) projects in higher education are cooperation projects that support the modernisation of higher education systems in partner countries in the Eastern and Southern Neighbourhood, Western Balkans, Central Asia, Russia, Asia, Latin America and countries in the Africa-Caribbean-Pacific zone and in the Iraq, Iran, Yemen zone.

The ‘Capacity Building’ action is a centralized action, directly managed by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) in Brussels.

In Algeria, the national Erasmus plus office ( assists project promoters in setting up, monitoring and executing these projects.


  • Support the modernisation, accessibility and internationalisation of higher education in partner countries ;
  • Improve the quality, relevance and governance of higher education in partner countries ;
  • Strengthen the capacities of higher education institutions in the partner countries and in the EU, in terms of international cooperation and the process of permanent modernisation in particular; and help them open up to society and to the world of work in order to:

– Strengthen the interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary nature of higher education ;
– Improve the employability of university graduates,
– To make the European Higher Education Area more visible and attractive in the world ;
– Promote the reciprocal development of human resources ;
– Promote better understanding between the peoples and cultures of the EU and partner countries ;

The priorities of the CBHE projects

  • Reinforcement of curricula
  • Improving the quality of education and training
  • Improving the management of higher education institutions
  • Development of the higher education sector in relation to society.

Types of CBHE projects

Joint projects

Joint projects are based on a multilateral partnership between higher education institutions in the European Union and partner countries and are implemented at the level of the institutions themselves. They can also involve non-university partners associated with the project in order to strengthen links with society.

They are intended to :

  • develop, modernise and disseminate curricula, teaching methods or resources
  • stimulate a culture of quality assurance
  • modernise the management and administration of higher education institutions
  • strengthen the role of higher education institutions in society and increase their contribution to the development of lifelong learning
  • strengthen the knowledge triangle: education/research/innovation,
  • promote links with the labor market.

There are 2 types of joint projects:

  • National projects : These are designed for a single partner country and are based on the national priorities defined by that country.
  • Multinational projects : involve several partner countries and are based on common regional priorities to all the partner countries in a specific region. They may also address a common national priority for each of the partner countries from different regions participating in this project.

Structural projects

Structural projects contribute to the strategic development and structural reform of higher education systems at national level.

They aim to:

  • Reforming the governance of higher education institutions
    – setting up national certification and qualification systems;
    – develop student services; develop national quality assurance standards;
    – work on legal issues relating to autonomy,
    – work on accountability and funding of the higher education system.
  • Strengthening the link between higher education and society
    – developing links between the general higher education system and the advanced vocational education and training system on the one hand and the world of work on the other;
    – developing and supporting the knowledge triangle (education, research and innovation) through national actions;
    – strengthen the capacity of the public administration to develop a reform policy and new legislation on higher education.
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