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About Tempus

What is Tempus?

Tempus is an inter-university cooperation programme created by the European Union to help the partner countries in their efforts to modernize and reform their systems of higher education.

Tempus supports the modernisation of higher education and creates an area of co-operation in countries surrounding the EU. Established in 1990, the scheme now covers 26 countries in the Western Balkans, Eastern Europe and Central Asia, North Africa and the Middle East.


What is Tempus IV?

Tempus IV is the fourth phase of the Tempus programme that covers the period from 2007 to 2013.

The overall objective of the programme is to contribute towards facilitating cooperation in the field of higher education among Member States of the European Union (EU) and partner countries in the surrounding area. In particular, the programme will help promote voluntary convergence with EU developments in the field of higher education, deriving from the Lisbon agenda and the Bologna process.

Read more about Tempus on the EACEA website.


What does Tempus IV do?

Tempus funds three types of actions:

  • Joint Projects: partnerships between higher education institutions in the EU and partner countries. They can develop, modernise and disseminate new curricula, teaching methods or materials, as well as boosting quality assurance and management of higher education institutions.
  • Structural Measures: to develop and reform higher education institutions and systems in partner countries; to enhance their quality and relevance, and to increase convergence with EU developments.
  • Accompanying Measures: comprise dissemination and information activities related to Tempus projects, such as conferences on various themes relevant to the programme, studies, consultation with stakeholders and activities aimed at identifying and making best use of 'good practice' on projects. This Action is also used to support the network of National Tempus Offices and Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs).



Partnerships are made up of consortia of organisations including higher education institutions, businesses, ministries, NGOs, and other organisations working in higher education, in both EU and partner countries.