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Open Space sparks new project ideas.

From the 20th to the 22nd of June, the EUF Open Space, our annual flagship event, took place at the Aristotle University of Thessaloniki and gathered over 70 participants from all around Europe. The Open Space was designed to enable participants to acquire Erasmus+ project management skills during high-level workshops as well as develop their project ideas. Moreover, the event's dynamics contributed to bringing together different perspectives, cultures and passions and put forward interesting Erasmus+ project ideas. This year, the EUF pool of experts was supported by Rasmus Benke-Åberg, Director of the Erasmus Student Network. In parallel, the event was also a dedicated place for excellent cooperation and networking among participants. The project idea corner allowed participants to showcase their creative and innovative ideas on posters, giving them the chance to seek for relevant contacts and partners to turn their project into reality. See you next year! 


University-Business Cooperation.



The Microsoft Innovation Center in Brussels hosted the #empl-oi closing conference on the 27th of June. Through its several activities focused on Higher Education and mobility, the three-year project has developed key tools to foster business-university cooperation and establish a long-lasting beneficial framework for all the stakeholders via the local hubs. In the framework of the project, partners have created and released two substantive e-books aiming at supporting educators in developing entrepreneurship at home and addressing decision-makers about reinforcing the ties between Higher Education and the labour market.


European PhD Hub makes strides.

 
The European PhD Hub is an Erasmus+ funded Knowledge Alliance bringing about a European network of university and industry partners for the purpose of supporting enhanced cooperation in doctoral education. Last May, the consortium met at Birmingham City University to define the project activities for this summer. During this period, crucial developments for the PhD Hub will be confirmed. Firstly, the consortium will release two guidelines: The international cooperation in doctoral studies guide and the university-business cooperation guide for doctoral studies. These two reports aim to strengthen the collaboration among the consortium partners, and at the same time, lay the foundations for the creation of additional local hubs. Secondly, the consortium will approve the report on semantic annotation of scientific research fields. This report is complemented with an online application that will power the PhD Hub online platform to enable optimal matchmaking among the stakeholders using the European PhD Hub.


Bergen said OLA to Erasmus+!

 
The second "Erasmus Going Digital" conference took place at the University of Bergen on the 7th June 2018. The conference gathered more than 120 participants and aimed at giving a broad overview of the newest developments on the digitisation process of the Erasmus+ administration to the Northern European region colleagues. In addition to the practical workshops, the OLA+ consortium partners shared their good practices with the Online Learning Agreement and the Erasmus Dashboard. The EUF also presented the Erasmus+ App, the Erasmus without Paper and the European Student Card initiatives. Furthermore, the participants got an overview of the latest technical developments and engaged in a lively debate about the future of Erasmus+ administration. Efforts are underway to ensure that all key steps of the administration of Erasmus+ mobilities can be handled through digital tools, and the last step for which solutions are being developed is the application and nomination for mobility. Next stop: Barcelona.


5th Erasmus Salon & lively discussions.

On the 29th of May, the EUF organised the 5th Erasmus Salon, named "Is Bologna alive for all study programmes?", where we discussed regulated studies (such as Medicine, Pharmacy, or Law) and access to mobility. Around 25 participants attended the debate, and we had to pleasure to host two speakers: Dorothea Dalig, Vice-President of European Affairs from the European Pharmaceutical Student's Association, and Debby Mangelings, exchange coordinator in the field of pharmacy at Vrije Universities Brussel, who shared their points of view on access to mobility for students from regulated studies, both agreeing on the fact that the process of mobility still remains unequal in Europe. Although students are eager to engage in an international mobility during their studies, they face too many challenges due to field-specific obstacles. The audience actively participated in the debate, firstly by sharing the issues that students face (such as language barriers, matching courses or courses recognition, financial compensation, etc.) and secondly by proposing solutions (common curricula or more courses in English). After a short break during summer, the Erasmus Salons will return in autumn!


TAW plugin now available.

 

Equip your university career centre with a technology that enables students or recent graduates to access peer ratings and rate their own internships. Erasmus+ project CAPQI developed a plug-in to connect web-platforms to the rating database hosted on Transparency at Work. Find out how to use the TAW widget here and read more about the project.


Survey on university cooperation. 

 

The eQuATIC project is researching how institutions evaluate their existing university partnerships and what decision-making processes exist to create, maintain or discontinue those partnerships. In parallel, an assessment tool that helps universities to measure and monitor the quality of existing partnerships is being developed. The EUF has launched a survey, open to all Higher Education Institutions, to map the situation of inter-institutional agreements in Europe. Join your colleagues and fill in the short 5-minute survey here. If you want to find out more about the eQuATIC project and try the pilot tool, check the project's website.


ESC edges closer to reality.

 

The first development phase of the European Student Card (ESC) was showcased during the closing conference organised in Paris on the 6th of June 2018. The conference gathered close to 120 participants and allowed partners to present their experimentation activities with the ESC project. The students were also invited to take part in the discussions, with the European Student Union presenting their advice on how to best develop the card further. In addition, high-level public authorities at European and national levels attended the conference to discuss remaining challenges and the plans ahead. The project has become of high political importance for member states and a roadmap for its adoption has been presented by the European Commission.


Erasmus Going Digital Barcelona.

The third conference of the Erasmus Going Digital series of events is going to take place in Barcelona on the 18th of October, hosted by the University of Barcelona. This conference will provide practical workshops on how to use the Erasmus Dashboard, the Online Learning Agreement platform and the Erasmus+ App and will be the perfect opportunity to share experiences and best practices on how to practically implement the digital mobility infrastructure. Registrations are open until the 21st of September. See you in Spain!


Save the date: EWP launch.

Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) will officially be launched at a conference at Ghent University, Belgium, on the 12th and 13th of December 2018. Higher Education staff interested in the implementation of EWP are encouraged to save the date in their calendars. Practical information about the conference will be available in the early fall. At the launch conference the data exchange connections among the partners will be shown, as well as the results of the testing by HEIs outside the project. In addition, the first results of and further plans for the integration of external projects (OLA, Erasmus+ App, EGRACONS, UPorto Interinstitutional Agreement Manager) will be presented. The future of EWP in relation to the new Erasmus Programme (from 2021) will also be discussed.


Erasmus programme 2021-2027.

On the 30th of May, the Commission adopted its proposal for the next Erasmus programme, with a doubling of the budget to 30 billion euros for the period 2021-2027. Read more.


Youth, education and culture initiatives.

The European Commission is advancing work to build a European Education Area by 2025, reinforce the cultural dimension of the European Union and bolster youth participation with a new set of measures. The initiatives aim to enhance learning mobility and educational opportunities in the EU, empower young people, and harness the potential of culture for social progress and economic growth in Europe, which includes plans for a European Student Card. Read the press release.


Bologna process implementation report.

How has the European Higher Education Area been moving forward since the Yerevan Conference in 2015? The European Higher Education Area in 2018: Bologna Process Implementation Report' answers this question, presenting a detailed picture of this ongoing process from various stakeholders' perspectives. Read the report.


Career opportunities at the EUF.

The European University Foundation offers a unique opportunity to join a dynamic and forward-looking team. We are looking for several profiles for traineeships and one Junior Web Developer to join the team in Brussels. We invite you to share this information with students and recent graduates!




 
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