With Tempus, the Commission wants to create an area of cooperation in the field of higher education between the European Union and partner countries surrounding the EU.
Tempus promotes the voluntary convergence with EU developments in higher education deriving from the Lisbon Strategy to create more jobs and growth, and the Bologna Process to establish a European Area of Higher Education.
In a recent impact study, practically everyone interviewed considered the programme as one of the most, if not the most, important instruments for supporting the reform of higher education in their country. With such overwhelming positive responses, the Commission considers the continuation of the programme important and has therefore launched the fourth phase spanning the period 2007-2013.
The European Commission also considers Tempus as an important element in its neighbourhood policy.