All the presentations are now available on the IMOTION website
With the launch of the Erasmus+ programme, the European Commission stipulated that any Higher Education Institution (HEI) wanting to apply or participate in the 2014-2020 EU programme for education, training, youth and sport needs to have a valid Erasmus Charter for Higher Education as part of its strategy for modernisation and internationalisation. This strategy acknowledges the key contribution of mobile staff and students, and of participation in European and international cooperation projects, to the quality of its higher education programmes. Consequently, there are more than 4.000 HEI in Europe that have an Erasmus Charter and therefore the possibility of participating in Erasmus staff training activities.
The above mentioned concepts set a foundation for the IMOTION project - Integration and Promotion of Staff Training Courses at Universities across Europe whose results will be the highlight of this event. The IMOTION is a one-year initiative funded by the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Programme, launched in October 2013. Its aim is to create an online platform that will centralise information about administrative staff training events organised in Europe.
The project is co-ordinated by the Network of the Universities from the Capitals of Europe (UNICA) and is composed of a consortium of European universities and networks including the Sapienza University of Rome, Ghent University, SGroup European Universities’ Network (SGoup), Compostela Group of Universties (CGU) and the European Association of ERASMUS Coordinators (EAEC).
The rationale behind the initiative is that a better promotion of Erasmus staff training will increase the number of administrative and technical staff from Higher Education Institutions participating in training activities. It will also help staff from offices different from mobility or international relations to have better access to the training activities, for example staff coming from the following offices: doctoral education, welcome and support services, press and communication, libraries, accountant and financial, ICT, etc.
Making the information easily accessible and promoting these events will also help the process of “internationalisation at home”, giving staff from hosting institution the opportunity to follow training events and to get in contact with international colleagues who are spending a mobility period in their HEI.
The event brought together 90 participants - members and non-members of the European Universities’ Networks to exchange their practices and experiences in a series of panel sessions and round-table discussions.
The workshop was the fifth in a series of initiatives organised jointly by the Santander Group, the Compostela Group and the UNICA Networks, following successful seminars on the University Collaboration in Adult Education (2010) and on Successful Management of the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctoral and Master Programmes (2011) and specialised workshops on academic collaboration in higher education with strategic regions such as China (2012) and Sub-Saharan universities (2013).