Background of the project

Many studies, projects and policy endeavours promote the importance of supporting academic staff and their participation in the internationalisation of Higher Education and specifically in the mobility programmes (Leuven Communique, 2009; Erasmus Impact Study 2014; ET2020 strategy and more). 

Staff members who participated in mobility are more likely to become ambassadors for student mobility (REALISE project, 2019). 

The TWE+ project was tackling the promotion of teaching mobility based on the idea that academic staff are the engine of the mobility of students. By providing comprehensive research on the quality aspects of teaching mobility, benchmarking pedagogical tools and methodologies, drafting policy recommendations and building up an online platform for teaching mobility, the project highlighted the importance of teaching mobility among policy makers, higher education institutions and the academics and henceforth contributed to the quality development of international student and staff mobility in Europe. Consequently the project made teaching mobility more accessible, since the teachingmobility.eu platform provides all academic staff with the opportunity to find mobility easily.

How the project started

The project idea was conceived in 2017, when the European University Foundation hosted an ‘Open Space’ project incubation event, where the future project coordinators of TWE+ met and brainstormed about improving the quality of mobility in higher education. They found that teaching mobility was given less focus in the past, and they also identified the main problems of the mobility of academics, such as calendar alignment, course matching,substitution, grant management, poor promotion/dissemination and issues with recognition. These obstacles are particularly pertinent for junior researchers, which often lack the personal international networks.

The team also concluded that there is no central platform for teaching mobilities, but the mobilities are rather organized based on existing bilateral contracts and often in a somewhat ad-hoc way.

The project proposal “Teach with Erasmus+” was submitted in 2018 to the Hungarian National Agency, and after a successful application, the project kicked off in November 2018.

Facts:

  • Grant awarded by: Hungarian National Agency
  • Type of project: Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships in the Field of Higher Education (KA203)
  • Project number: 2018-1-HU01-KA203-047818
  • Duration: November 2018 - August 2021 (34 months) (Originally 28 months, prolonged to 34 months due to the Covid-19 pandemic)
  • Budget: 264,182 EUR