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Erasmus went digital in Barcelona.

Photo credits: Josep María Rué, Universitat de Barcelona

The 3rd conference from the cycle Erasmus Going Digital gathered more than 130 participants in Barcelona on the 18th of October to illustrate the latest developments in the digitisation of student mobility. This Erasmus Going Digital event presented the key developments and impact of initiatives such as the Erasmus Without Paper, the European Student Card, the Erasmus+ App and the Online Learning Agreement. Universities from all over Europe also received an exclusive preview of the new Erasmus Virtual Assistant, Inter-Institutional Agreement Manager and the Online Learning Agreement for Traineeships; the latter will be made available for the users in the upcoming weeks. Sessions also included in-depth introductions to the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) by Rehana Schwinninger-Ladak (DG Connect) and the European Student Card by Jean-Paul Roumegas (CNOUS). Read more. 

EWP network launch: registration open.

From the 12th to the 13th of December the launch of the Erasmus without Paper (EWP) network will take place at the Ghent University. EWP is a flagship project that attracted enormous interest and in which EUF universities have played a pivotal role. The launch of the network will amount to a big step forward for student mobility in Europe, creating the kind of digital public infrastructure that is meant to pave the way for more efficient administrative processes. During the launch we will deal with the EWP network, its use, its relationship to the Digital Revolution in Higher Education and its future role in Europe and beyond. The target groups of the event are International Relations Officers, university policy makers, IT management, National Agencies and Ministries, commercial and national consortium SIS providers and other direct and indirect stakeholders in student data exchange. Registration and more information.

Support the Open Source Alliance.

In line with the event above, the Open Source University Alliance Initiative is an initiative of the Erasmus Without Paper project that aims to help all Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in Europe face the challenges of the information society in an efficient and qualitative way. By creating an open repository of source code and software, the higher education community will have full access to the necessary tools to meet today's demands. The core of the Open Source University Alliance will be composed of HEIs willing to lead by example with regards to sharing open source solutions developed by their respective teams. Sign up today and contribute to the creation of an open source of tools that will aid all the thousands of HEIs in Europe, including your own!

Assessing quality partnerships training.

In the context of the eQuATIC project, the EUF, together with Ghent University, hosted a staff training on the quality of university partnerships, from the 29th to the 31st of October. The training focused on the need to measure the quality of partnerships in light of the upcoming renewal of partnership agreements for the new Erasmus+ programme. The use of the eQuATIC tool can give detailed insights in the current strengths and weaknesses in university partnerships, based on simple data that is available at each institution. The participants also had the chance to visit the fantastic city of Ghent and get to know more about the general context of digitalisation in Higher Education administration. We would like to thank the Ghent University for welcoming us so warmly. If you want to measure the quality of your partnerships, simply register for the eQuATIC tool.

#BolognaDigital: digital future of EHEA. 

What is the impact of digitisation on European Higher Education? This is the question that the Bologna goes Digital conference was trying to answer on the 26th of September 2018 in Berlin. By invitation of the German Erasmus+ National Agency (DAAD), EUF's Executive Manager João Bacelar was showcasing how Erasmus+, the world's biggest student exchange programme, is being digitised. Initiatives like Erasmus Without Paper and the Erasmus+ mobile App for students were centrepieces of the discussion. With over 200 participants, the international conference co-organised by the DAAD and the Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, looked at the impact of digitisation on Higher Education in Europe and beyond. Together with the German Federal Ministry for Education and Research and Members of the German federal Parliament, European Higher Education stakeholders further discussed issues such as digital learning and teaching, future skills and expertise and virtual exchanges.

BEST+ conference on blended learning.

The EUF, in cooperation with the European Economic and Social Committee, hosted the final conference of the BEST+ project on the 24th of October 2018. Together with practitioners from around Europe, we discussed how a blended approach to staff training can create more flexibility and increase the learning outcomes of traditional staff mobility. With experts from KU Leuven, EATDU and the European Commission, we also looked at the future of virtual and blended learning at large and how it will reflect in the new Erasmus+ programme. More information about blended mobility can be found on the project's website.

National Erasmus+ Agencies meetings.

Our efforts to inform universities about the digitalisation of Erasmus administration continue! We have already visited more than ten National Erasmus+ Agencies this year to inform Higher Education Institutions in the respective countries about the latest updates around Erasmus Without Paper, the Erasmus+ App and the upcoming developments for the Erasmus Dashboard, the free management tool for all institutions. In the picture above, our colleague Stefan Jahnke is presenting the digital tools at the National Agency meeting of Estonian Higher Education Institutions (organised by Archimedes Foundation) in Tallinn, on September 2018. In the upcoming weeks we will visit National Agencies in Sweden (20/11) and Austria (21/11). We hope to see you there!

6th Erasmus Salon.

On October 11th, the EUF organised, together with the Lifelong Learning Platform, its sixth Erasmus Salon on the topic of lifelong learning and the role universities can play to guarantee it. The discussion was very lively among guest speakers, the moderator and the audience, who discussed what lifelong learning is and how it is practiced by European universities, whether lifelong learning is a reality, and lastly, what is the role of Erasmus+ in ensuring lifelong learning. The salon finished with a look towards the future, on how Erasmus can be improved, for instance through the European Universities initiative or by investing more on providing learning opportunities for students of all ages. Visit the Erasmus Salons website and join us next time!

Quality internships recommendations.

The policy recommendations “Quality internships: Paving the way for young people” booklet is available online for key actors and the broader public interested in topics that touch upon the quality aspect of internships in the frame of academic studies, employability of students and business-university cooperation.

The EUF was at the EAIE Geneva.

During the second week of September, the European University Foundation participated in the EAIE conference in Geneva and we held sessions on quality of university partnerships (Session 02.08), the Erasmus+ App (Session 05.03), Erasmus Without Paper (Session 06.08), volunteering during exchange (Session 09.09) and housing for international students (Campfire session). Our colleagues Joachim Wyssling, Valère Meus, Stefan Jahnke and Marie Montaldo informed visitors at the Erasmus Without Paper stand about the Erasmus digital (r)evolution and exchanged ideas with Higher Education professionals from different backgrounds. Read the EUF's digest.

Erasmus+ work programme 2019.

The Erasmus+ programme for 2019 was published and is available online. The main novelty is the activity on European Universities. The selected projects will increase the performance, attractiveness and competitiveness of higher education institutions on a European scale. 

European Education systems 2018/19.

The Eurydice report provides information on the structure of mainstream education in European countries from pre-primary to tertiary level for the 2018/19 school and academic year.

This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission. The newsletter reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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