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Universities across Europe and Southern Mediterranean speak up in favor of Virtual Exchange

 

30 June 2020

Virtual Exchange (VE) is an innovative form of online learning, that brings people together and promotes intercultural dialogue through online structured and facilitated collaborative learning sessions. This pedagogy, that enables participants to develop soft skills and transversal competencies that are essential in today’s job markets and multicultural societies, has increased its relevance even more during the COVID-19 emergency, and will remain very important as a complement to physical mobility in the future.

UNIMED has witnessed the benefits of VE through the European Commission’s Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange initiative, an innovative action that has engaged, since 2018, more than 24000 young people and over 250 universities and youth organisations from Europe and the South Mediterranean region.

Universities and youth organizations across Europe and Southern Mediterranean speak up in favour of Virtual Exchange and call on the EU to continue its support beyond 2020 by signing a common statement.

This statement, which has been signed by more than 20 Rectors from major universities and by some of the most relevant networks on the field, demonstrates the strong interest of many higher education institutions, youth organisations, and other partners, which have experienced first-hand the benefits of taking part in Virtual Exchange activities, to continue engaging in virtual exchange and to call for a continued support by the European Union to virtual exchange through the next Erasmus+ Programme (2021-2027).

The full statement is available here