SUNBEAM is an Erasmus Mundus Action 2 – Strand 1 project with the aim to interlink European and Western Balkans universities, to establish a platform for sharing educational paths and implement joint programmes among the universities in the countries of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-region.
The project offered fully funded scholarships for students, researchers, academic and administrative staff from the Western Balkans to visit one of the EU partner universities as well as for students, researchers, academic and administrative staff from the EU partner universities to visit one of the partner universities in the Western Balkans.
The project has been developed in respect of the important, strategic events occurring in the Adriatic-Ionian area, mainly the creation of the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-region, whose strategy was formally adopted by the European Commission in June 2014 and endorsed by the European Council in October 2014. The Adriatic-Ionian Macro-region, the third macro-regional area within the EU, after the Baltic and the Danube Macro-regions, is not a geographical region with predefined boundaries; it is a functional area, composed of national, regional, and local bodies coming together to tackle a number of shared issues and it involves territories of EU member states (Italy, Slovenia, Greece and Croatia) and also potential candidate countries as Albania, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Montenegro, Serbia.
For years the partners have been working together on shared topics with the aim to establish a platform for sharing educational paths among the universities in the countries of the area. Also, the mobility of researchers enabled the exchange of expertise and the identification of research areas of common interest, with the purpose of creating an adequate scientific background for the Adriatic-Ionian Macro-region.
Project duration: 2014–2018
Funded by the European Commission through the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA), the Erasmus Mundus MA in International Performance Research (MAIPR) programme is taught by four internationally renowned European academic institutions: University of Warwick, United Kingdom (Warwick – the Head of the MAIPR Consortium); University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands (UvA); University of Arts in Belgrade, Serbia (UAB); University of Helsinki, Finland (Helsinki).
Students successfully completing the programme receives a double degree from the two institutions they attended. Project duration: 2009–2013