TEMPUS is the European Union’s programme which supports the modernisation of higher education in the EU's surrounding area. Tempus promotes institutional cooperation that involves the European Union and Partner Countries and focuses on the reform and modernisation of higher education systems in the Partner Countries of Eastern Europe, Central Asia, the Western Balkans and the Mediterranean region.
It also aims to promote voluntary convergence of the higher education systems in the Partner Countries with EU developments in the field of higher education. With regards to the Western Balkans, Tempus contributes to preparing the candidate and potential candidate countries for a participation in the integrated Life Long Learning Programme.
In addition to promoting cooperation between institutions, Tempus also promotes a people-to-people approach. Tempus provides support to consortia of institutions composed mainly of universities or university associations. Non-academic partners can also be part of a consortium.
The University of Rome “Foro Italico" (2006-2012) has been coordinating three different Tempus Projects:
- Sport Science Curricula in Albania & Bologna Process (BOLALBA, 2006-2008)
This two-years project was developed in collaboration with the Academy of Physical Education and Sport “Vojo Kushi” in Tirana, Albania. Its main objective was a revision of the organisation of the Academy and its curriculum and teaching methodologies, aimed at meeting the standards of homologous institutions in the EU and the Bologna Process, bringing the Faculty closer to its European counterparts and increasing the background of graduates and their chances to meet social needs and job-market requirements. Through the collaboration of European partners, and in line with the national strategy of the Albanian government, which signed the Bologna Declaration in Berlin 2003, the Academy has been reformed and upgraded, becoming more functional in its administration, with better services to students and Faculty, and more apt to deal with the challenges and needs stemming from the country’s emerging transformations. Junior faculty and graduate students have been trained in European postgraduate programs, and research structures and programs have started. Study programs have been redesigned and updated, in the light of scientific advances in the area and based on an assessment of social and public health needs, market requirements and trends.
- Adapting Egypt Sport Science Curricula to Job Market & Bologna Process (EGYSPORT, 2006-2010)
This three-years project was developed in collaboration with the Faculty of Physical Education of Helwan University (Cairo) and joined by three additional Egyptian Institutions: the Cairo Medical School, the University of Alexandria, and the University of Minia.
The main objectives of the project were to update sport science curricula in structure, contents and teaching methodology, bringing the Egyptian Faculties of Physical Education closer to their European counterparts and strengthening the background of graduates, giving them better chances to meet job-market requirements as well as contribute to scientific research and the education of younger generations. Study programs have been redesigned and updated, in the light of scientific advances and the analysis of: 1) Egyptian undergraduate and postgraduate curricula; 2) European partners experience and related curricula; 3) social and public health needs, and job-market requirements and trends.. A new organisation of study programs has been adopted based on two main cycles, Bachelor and Master, and in prospect a PhD program, promoting the development of a postgraduate department, particularly in the biomedical area, the strongest in terms of scientific developments and prospects, and the most relevant one in terms of research interests and the perceived social needs and job-market requirements.
- Harmonising Sport Science Curricula in the Balkans in the EU Perspective (BALKANSPORT, 2009-2012)
The main objectives of this three-year multi-country project were to update the sport science curricula in three Balkan HE Institutions: the University of Prishtina (Kosovo), the State University of Tetovo (Fyrom) and the Sports University of Tirana (Albania); to harmonize the structure, contents and teaching methodology, leading to the mutual recognition of degrees between countries; to bring the Faculties closer to their EU counterparts, and to strengthen the background of graduates and postgraduates to give them better chances to meet job-market requirements as well as to contribute to scientific research and the education of younger generations. The project succeeded in improving teaching abilities and outcomes, through teachers training and the introduction of modern contents and methodologies, and in bridging the gap between graduate and postgraduate skills and market needs, thereby promoting employability. It also fostered scientific mentality and research, established research-oriented postgraduate programs and prepared for the future implementation of PhD programs; it promoted mobility and scientific cooperation, and more generally helped increase understanding and cooperation with the EU scientific community, culture and society, thus preparing the PC countries participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme.
Projects website: www.tempus-sport.eu