On October 15, 16 and 17, 2020, it was celebrated the 4th edition of the Erasmus Days, an initiative launched by the French National Agency on the 30th anniversary of Erasmus+. #ErasmusDays meant three days of celebration of the Erasmus+ Programme in Europe and beyond as a unique opportunity to organize an event, share an experience or spread the word about a project. This year’s edition has counted 5024 events organised around the world.
UNIMED organised and participated in four online events on October 15-16, recognising the importance and the value of taking an active part in the dialogues and exploiting the possibility of presenting the achievements of a number of projects.
We have talked about Mobility presenting the projects DIRE-MED and EduBioMed and introducing the ICM projects of the COMMO Consortium. We have celebrated the capacity building projects involving Libya, with a reflection on the impact and the synergies among these initiatives thanks to the contribution of the Coordinators of four Capacity Building projects in the country. We have discussed the integration of Refugees with the Partners of the Ci-RES project. We have discussed Innovative e-learning in Jordan and the lessons learnt in the JOVITAL project and shared hands-on training on Virtual Collaborative Learning thanks to the great contributions of the partners of the project VALEU-X.
If you have missed the events, you can find some insights about the webinars here below:
The workshop was focusing on measures of integration of refugees, presented by the project partners organisations. It also witnessed the presence of refugees who will be part of the project and who talked about their situation, their difficulties and their aspirations.
Ci-RES is a project targeting refugees, diversity and socio-economically vulnerable people. It aims at creating institutional capacity for the integration of refugees into Algerian higher education, through knowledge and skills strenghtening of academic and administrative staff to better care for refugees at university. It also aims at promoting refugee culture and intercultural dialogue through partnership with civil society and the local community organising cultural and sporting activities.
Discover more on the Ci-RES project
In the last three years, five Jordanian universities have been working in the JOVITAL project, Jordan Opportunity for Virtual Innovative Teaching And Learning, in collaboration with four European partners. The project has fostered dynamics of collaboration and knowledge.
The webinar was a moment to share the lessons learnt with other universities from Jordan and from other countries, to allow them to get to know and to possibly implement the JOVITAL approach with their students.
Registrations to the webinar count up to 42, among which 28 participants attended the online event from Jordan, Germany, Italy, UK, Slovenia, Tunisia, Lebanon, Algeria and Palestine.
You can find the webinar recording here
The idea of having such an event and group Erasmus+ funded projects in Libya, is related to the necessity of discussing common difficulties and, consequently, finding common solutions. In this context, the webinar’s speakers presented their ongoing experiences and paved the way for upscaling existing programmes by showcasing a number of Erasmus+ projects working on the modernization of the Higher Education system in Libya, and at different stages of implementation. The discussion and debate encouraged synergies between different projects working with Libyan universities and defined possible sustainability strategies among project coordinators, partners and institutional representatives.
- The project SAHA, Raise Libyan Higher Education health sector for the benefit of local society just started. It is coordinated by the University of Pavia and the other partners of the project are UNIMED – Mediterranean Universities Union, University of Granada, University of Pilsen, University of Tripoli, Misurata University, Sebha University, Sirte University, Zawia University, Libyan International Medical University.
- The project IBTIKAR, PromotIng research and innovation environment in the Libian Higher Education System just started. It is coordinated by UNIMED and the other partners of the project are Bogazici University, University of Salento, Universidade de Tras-Os-Montes e Alto Duoro, University of Tripoli, University of Benghazi, Misurata University, Sebha University, Sirte University, University of Zawia, Elmergib University, Alasmarya Islamic University, Bani Waleed University, University of Ajdabiya, Libyan International Medical University.
If you want to know more on UNIMED work on Libya, you can find here the report Libya Restart.
The webinar was focused on the importance of the Mobility in the Mediterranean Region. The projects DIRE-MED and EduBioMed showcased, among their several elements, the experiences and the integration of the mobility (South-south) in the implementation of the project life. UNIMED, presented its work (UNIMED Petition for a Mediterranean Erasmus Generation) and the other projects it coordinates focusing on Mobility, such as the ICM projects of the COMMO consortium and ForMED, an initiative funded by the Fondazione di Sardegna.
You can find the webinar recording here
During this online event we have discussed the importance of Virtual Collaborative Learning, and how its underpinning pedagogy can support the transition from emergency online teaching to sustainable forms of internationalisation at home.
This online event introduced the project aims and activities and launched the report publication “Needs assessment report on Virtual Collaborative teaching and learning in Albania”, and it offered hands-on training on Virtual Mobility, distance teaching & VCL. During this session participants will learn how to develop Virtual Collaborative Learning activities within their courses, offering a meaningful learning experience to their students.
You will find the webinar recording here
All the projects are co-funded in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme and keep being alive beyond these celebrations. Stay tuned for more activities and information to come!