Mobility, defined as a core priority at European level, has been explored in various dimensions over the past decade. While mobility and internationalisation have been given high importance at European level, many European countries are still interested to develop and enhance national policies/strategies. As a follow-up to the MAUNIMO project (Mapping University Mobility of Students and Staff), the MPPC project (Mobility Policy-Practice Connect) aims to build capacity at system and institutional level to create and implement comprehensive mobility strategies.
Project description and objectives:
The objective is to develop capacity at national and institutional level to define and implement strategies for student and staff mobility. More specifically, and to this effect, the project will:
a) Support, in conjunction with national rectors’ conferences that are associated partners, the development and enhancement of national mobility strategies, which is one of the milestones of the Mobility Strategy for the EHEA (agreed by ministers in April 2012).
b) Concentrate on three national case studies, where the capacity development activities will take place (France, Lithuania, Hungary), and use these countries as examples for how policy makers and institutions can work together to define/improve national and institutional strategies for mobility across Europe.
c) Conduct an ex-post analysis of the experience of three pilot universities of the MAUNIMO project (2010-2012), after completing the Mobility Mapping Tool (a mobility self-assessment tool). The ex-post analysis will be linked to the workshops and focus groups.
The project will centre around three capacity building workshops in France, Hungary and Lithuania, that will target vice-rectors/heads of international offices, relevant stakeholder organisations, government representatives, as well as international experts. Each workshop will tackle the specific national context regarding some of the issues that have been explored in the MAUNIMO project, such as enhancing quality of mobility through institutional partnerships, incentivising outward mobility, attracting inward mobility, embedding mobility into quality assurance practices, enhancing staff mobility and generating better data on mobility at institutional and national level to improve decision-making. Each workshop will have an outcome report, translated into the national language, with specific suggestions for in-country institutions and policy makers.
As a means to connect policy and practice, a focus group will be held with the government (various ministries) and other relevant stakeholders (national students union, QA agency). The goal will be to further define and assess a national mobility strategy, in line with the commitments of the Bologna Process.
The project outcomes will be published in a policy brief in September 2014.
MPPC is a joint project of EUA and the Academic Cooperation Association (ACA). A coordination team has been set up with the three national rectors’ conferences of France (CPU), Hungary (MRK), and Lithuania (LURK) which will be hosting the various project events.
For more information, visit the project website at: www.maunimo.eu/mppc
The project is funded under the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme and will last from October 2013 until September 2014.