TEMPUS (Trans-European Mobility Programme for University Studies) 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 Tempus programme is implemented in close coordination with
the Erasmus Mundus programme which provides scholarships to third
country students allowing them to participate in top-level Master
courses and Doctorate programmes outside the EU.