The EC’s Joint Research Council has published a policy report “Mapping of European Transnational Collaborative Partnerships in Higher Education”. It is part of a series aimed to provide evidence-based scientific support to the European policymaking process and has been based on an online survey among over 500 existing partnerships, of which 169 responded (30%).
The survey shows that most of the embedded (or structural mobility) occurs at Master’s level and also that most of the collaboration occurs below the institutional level. Deepening transnational collaboration between universities is often hampered by administrative and legal obstacles and many respondents hope that the new ‘European Universities Networks’ initiative may help to address these issues – i.a. through a ‘European Statute’.