The European Union - United States of America Cooperation Agreement in Higher Education and Vocational Education and Training aims primarily at promoting understanding between the peoples of the European Union and the United States of America and improving the quality of their human resource development. One of these cooperation actions in the field of higher education and vocational training are grouped under the title of “Atlantis” (Actions for Transatlantic Links and Academic Networks for Training and Integrated Studies). Atlantis is jointly funded by the European Commission and by the U.S. Department of Education Fund for the Improvement of Post Secondary Education (FIPSE). The European Commission has entrusted the implementation of Atlantis to the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency.

The main focus of Atlantis is on supporting innovative projects for cooperation in the higher education field, including vocational training, which are designed to develop and implement double or joint “transatlantic degrees” for students in the EU and U.S. It may also support projects to promote other forms of EU-U.S. cooperation in higher education and vocational training, including mobility projects and policy-oriented measures.

In this project, 5 universities form part of the Atlantis consortium EU-US. In the EU side the universities participating in this project are: the University of Jaén (EU leader), the University of Cantabria (Spain) and the University of Jönköping (Sweden). In the US, the universities that form part of this consortium are: the University of Central Florida (US leader) and Embry Riddle Aeronautical University (US).

The field chosen for this program is Engineering for a New Global Environment (ENGE). The students will enroll in undergraduate Engineering courses in the areas of Computer Science, Mechanical, Electrical, Electronic, Telecommunications, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering. The duration of the program will be 4 years. Language of instruction is English in the American partner institutions as well as in Jönköping University in Sweden. Spanish will be the default teaching language in the Spanish partner institutions.

The challenge of engineering a sustainable economy that does no irreparable damage to the environment in the 21st century is clearly a global one. This proposed consortium seeks to educate the future engineers of the world in this vein by exposing them first hand to how engineering the environment is carried out in other parts of the world. In particular, we propose a partnership among universities located in different local environments that affect the manner in which they may view the environment and how to deal with it.