The SUNBEAM project, submitted in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus Programme - Action 2 Strand 1 - Call for Proposals EACEA/18/13, has been selected for funding by the European Commission. The projectis led by the Università Politecnica delle Marche, will have a duration of 48 months and a budget of about 3 million €. The AII Permanent Secretariat is associated partner in the project.

The activities will be implemented by a partnership of Universities mainly belonging to the Uniadrion network (Virtual network of universities of the Adriatic-ionian basin). They consist in the organization and implementation of a structured mobility of students, academic and administrative staff.

The reinforcement of the Uniadrion network is one of the objectives on the project that will focus on the fields of interest already shared by the network's members: protection, cataloguing and promotion of cultural heritage; environment and sustainable development; cultural tourism and development; communication, ports and economic relations.

The aim of the project in the short to medium term is to strengthen and consolidate academic cooperation among Higher Education Institutions of the Adriatic-Ionian area. The network of relations to be created thanks to mobility flows will represent the academic and cultural infrastructure of the future Adriatic-Ionian Macro-region.

The long-term target is to establish a platform for sharing educational paths in order to implement joint programmes for the awarding of joint titles among the universities in the countries of the area and to create an adequate scientific background for the Adriatic-ionian macro-region.