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.
Tempus I (1990): The trans-European mobility scheme for university studies (hereinafter referred to as Tempus) was adopted by the Council, ‘within a perspective of five years, for an initial pilot phase of three years.’ This first phase of the Tempus programme was launched to respond to the modernisation needs of the higher education sector in Central and Eastern European countries, following the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Countries: Poland, Hungary, and Czechoslovakia (from 1993 as Czech and Slovak Republics).
Tempus II (1993): The second phase of the Trans-European Cooperation Scheme for Higher Education, Tempus II, was adopted by the European Council for a period of 4 years as of 1 July 1994. Partner Countries included during 1993 were Russian Federation, Ukraine, and Belarus. Tempus II was extended in 1996 so that activities could continue until 2000. Bosnia and Herzegovina, the Former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Turkmenistan and Tajikistan were included in the programme.
Tempus III (1999): The Council adopted the third phase of the Trans-European cooperation scheme for higher education (Tempus III) for the period from 2000 to 2006. July 1, 2000 Tempus III was initiated.
Tempus IV (2008): Tempus IV was initiated to cover the 2007 – 2013 period and results from a positive impact study which recognised that Tempus was an important instrument for supporting higher education reforms in the Partner Countries.
POLIS University has participated in two Tempus Projects and is so far the only Albanian university leading an EU financed program. This can be considered not only an achievement, but also a responsibility for the institution.
Project Title: Developing and Adapting Professional Programs for Energy Efficiency in the Western Balkans
Period: 2013 - 2016
Project Title: Connecting Science-Society Collaborations for Sustainability Innovations
Period: 2013 - 2016