Syria National Erasmus+ Office
The National Erasmus+ Office (NEO) assists the Commission, the EACEA and the Partner Country authorities concerned in the implementation of the Erasmus+ Programme. The NEO follows closely the policy developments in the Partner Country, particularly in the field of higher education but also at other levels of education, if required.
Besides the EU Delegation, the NEO is a focal point in the country for all actors, potential applicants, beneficiaries and other stakeholders as regards the EU cooperation activities in (higher) education under the Erasmus+ programme.
Syria National Erasmus+ Office (Tempus Previously) was established in July 2004. It is housed in the Ministry of Higher Education in Damascus. The main activities of the office are:
1- Disseminating information and conducting promotional campaigns for Tempus and Erasmus Mundus Programs, FP7, Jean Monnet and recently Erasmus + actions in Syria, in the region, and in potential partners in Europe.
2- Responsible for monitoring and following up of current 10 Tempus projects' coordinators and old ones.
3- Communicating and providing help to current 7 Erasmus Mundus Projects' coordinators.
4- Regular reporting to the Head of Erasmus+ Unit in EACEA, and to the Minister of Higher Education in Syria.
5- Providing advice to potential applicants to the Erasmus+ actions whether academic staff, university administrators or students: The office participates in the following activities: advising and informing potential applicants throughout the application process, assisting Syrian applicants in the search of European and regional partners and in bringing together a well-balanced consortium, assisting EU applicants in the search of local partners, and assisting Syrian universities during the implementation phase of the projects. from 2007 until 2014, the office held more than 200 meetings for candidates wishing to apply to Tempus Programme.
6- Providing specific training of how to write good applications that could attract funding from the European Union, and when necessary helping applicants in the writing process.
7- Consulting with the EU Delegations and the Ministry of Higher Education of the best proposals recommended for funding.
8- Conducting field and monitoring visits and feedback activities on ongoing projects.
9- Developing huge networks with the higher education systems and universities in Syria, Europe and in the Middle East and North Africa Region.
10- Conducting studies in internationalization and higher education in general: The office conducted so far more than five studies about internationalization and higher education. All presented in international conferences by Rami Ayoubi.
11- Supporting and supervising a team of higher education reform and Bologna Process experts: The office, under the supervision of the Ministry of Higher Education and Tempus Unit in Brussels, appointed six higher education reform experts in order to attend several training events for the reform of higher education and Bologna process in the European countries. The team of experts attended more than 25 training sessions in Europe and Syria.
12- Organization and participation in several conferences, contact seminars, workshops and activities relevant to internationalization of higher education in Syria and in the region.

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