The EM-iDEA project was selected for funding under Erasmus Mundus Action 3. The SG Network will be involved in the needs analyses, identification of external co-operation opportunities, and dissemination of project activities and outcomes.
The Project aims to create that the Erasmus Mundus (EM) community at large can jointly exploit, explain and discuss its involvement in the Erasmus Mundus programme, so as to find ways to strengthen and improve it. The project will target the following categories of persons and actors of international cooperation in higher education as direct or indirect beneficiaries:
- EM coordinators: academic and administrative staff from the EU and from third-countries (directly)
- Coordinators of international cooperation programmes, from the EU and from third-countries (directly)
- HEI representatives, from the EU and from third-countries (directly)
- Students and doctoral candidates, from around the world (indirectly)
- Policy makers, from the EU and from third-countries (indirectly)
The project's main geographical targets outside Europe are: Africa, Northern and Latin America, and Europe's neighbouring countries.
The main activities of the project are:
- To perform a needs analysis in order to identify the most useful ways to help coordinators of joint study programmes and/or international partnerships;
- To organize at least six regional conferences throughout Europe to bring together the EM community around structured exchanges (see below for dates and venues);
- To arrive at the creation of the Erasmus Mundus Concilium; an independent, non-profit association, with a sufficient number of members among EM coordinators and a business plan allowing it to pursue the activities initiated with this project and relying essentially on its own resources;
- To survey tools and services available to coordinators of international cooperation programmes, that may be fully taken over by the association, such as a fully-fledged collaborative website and online tools for the management and the quality assessment of joint programmes.
The main outcomes of the project will be:
- The conclusions of the needs analysis and of the survey of services and tools available to joint programme coordinators;
- The proceedings of the debates held at the regional conferences and the supports of the lectures delivered;
- A project for the Erasmus Mundus Concilium's policy statement, by-laws, first business plan and first programme of activities.
The conferences will take place at the following locations:
- Ghent, Belgium: 23 November 2011
- Lund, Sweden: 30 March 2012
- Vilnius, Lithuania: 13 July 2012
- Novi Sad, Serbia: 10-15 September 2012
- Valencia, Spain: April 2013
- Bordeaux, France: July 2013
The partners in the project are the following:
- Université Bordeaux 1, which is the coordinating institution.The European Universities of Bologna, Deusto, Ghent, Lund, Nice Sophia Antipolis, Padua, Valencia and Vilnius.
- The third country universities Concordia (Canada) and Novi Sad (Serbia).
- The European networks of HEIs: the Coimbra network and the Santander Group.
- The network Grupo Montevideo from Latin America
- DERA, an organization working closely with HEIs in Bordeaux and with a longstanding experience in the staging of scientific events in Europe and beyond
The dissemination of the results will be performed at the conferences and through the communication channels of the 15 partners of the project and the three supporting partners. The conference programmes, the results of the project and the progress towards the creation of the association of coordinators will be available on the website.