More Erasmus+ funds for academic mobility with non-European countries

Alianza 4 Universidades (A4U) has secured 247.050,00 Euros of Erasmus+ funding in 2019. These funds will help continue student and staff exchange between 4 universities members of A4U (Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona) and 27 partner universities in 4 countries: Russia, South Africa, Iran and Indonesia, and Vietnam*.

Since 2015 A4U was awarded a total of 1.302.093,00 Euros of Erasmus+ funds, which enabled the exchange of 328 staff and students from A4U and its partner universities, with 17 more being planned for 2020-2021 academic year.

As a result of the exchange, students improve their language and inter-cultural skills, increase their confidence and gain international experience that counts towards their qualification. A research stay abroad can help doctoral students jumpstart their career.

Viktoriia Khodyreva, a Bachelor student in Applied Mathematics and Informatics at Higher School of Economics spent a semester studying at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. She says: “Erasmus definitely helped me to become more confident academically. I had an opportunity to study in a different environment, to try new courses and to experience life abroad.  What is more, I made good contacts useful in my career and while travelling: I have friends all over the world”.

Staff also benefit from exchange as they learn and share best practice and have a chance to have a first-hand experience of a different educational system.

Dr Maxim Anikeev, a Lecturer in Computer Security at Southern Federal University in Rostov-on-Don who visited Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, says: “Delivering classes abroad is a great experience. I would totally recommend it to all university teachers. This is a chance to bring your teaching materials to an audience with an unfamiliar background.  This is also a great insight into the higher education system of another country. I established contacts with several colleagues from UAB and hope we will have a chance to submit a joint grant proposal.”

Through participation in Erasmus+ programme, universities have opportunities to forge cooperation in teaching and research, attract talent and increase the number of international students and staff, which in turn contributes to their diversity and internationalisation.

Check more Erasmus+ stories of exchange participants on http://alliance4universities.eu/en/erasmus-stories/

*Universities that take part in A4U Erasmus+ programme

Russia: Lomonosov Moscow State University, Higher School of Economics, Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration (RANEPA), Moscow Power Engineering Institute, Russian State University for the Humanities, North-West Institute of Management branch of RANEPA (St. Petersburg), St. Petersburg State Polytechnic University, Southern Federal University.

South Africa: University of Pretoria, University of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch University, University of Cape Town, University of the Western Cape, and University of the Free State.

Iran: University of Tehran, Allameh Tabataba’i University, Amirkabir University of Technology.

Indonesia: Universitas Indonesia, Institute of Technology of Bandung, Universitas Gadjah Mada, Universitas Airlangga, BINUS University, Telkom University, Universitas Muhammadiyah Yogyakarta.

Vietnam: Vietnam National University Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam National University in Hanoi, and Hanoi University of Science and Technology.

1ª Feria Universitaria ASEAN

1st ASEAN University Fair
During 6-7 March 2018, ASEAN Committee in Madrid in collaboration with Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport of Spain and the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid co-organized the 1st ASEAN University Fair in Madrid at the Escuela Tecnica Superior de Ingenieros Industriales, Universidad Politecnica de Madrid, with the aims of promoting networking among representatives of universities of ASEAN and Spain in order to develop double degree programmes and exchange students as well as scholars, and of providing a unique platform for Spanish students to meet and gain information from universities in ASEAN on entry requirements and the application process.
On the 1st day of the event, there was a seminar on “Opportunities to enhance educational linkage between ASEAN & Spain” and a forum for representatives from 9 leading universities to share their experience how to promote education linkage with ASEAN’s universities.
The International Relations Coordinator for the Alliance 4 Universities, Elena Acosta, was invited to share the A4U experience with the ASEAN countries.
There were 100 participants in the seminar comprising representatives from 20 Spanish universities, representatives from public and private sector in Spain as well as Spanish students. In addition, more than 150 Spanish students also participated in the ASEAN University Fair and Exhibition on the 50th Anniversary of ASEAN.

Student and staff exchange made possible after securing Erasmus+ funding

Alianza 4 Universidades (A4U) has been successful in gaining Erasmus+ funding, securing 275.050,00€ in the latest round of funding award. A4U is a consortium of 4 Spanish public universities: Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid and Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona.

Thanks to this funding student and staff exchange will be carried out between universities members of A4U and their partner universities in Russia, South Africa, Iran, India, Indonesia and Malaysia. As a result of the exchange, students will return with improved language and inter-cultural skills, increased confidence, and gain international experience that counts towards their qualification. Staff will get to know first-hand the workings of a different educational system, learn and share new ideas and explore best practices to take back home. They will also be able to benefit from research and teaching development opportunities, and receive training.

Bachelor, Master and PhD students as well as teaching and administrative staff from all subject areas from partner universities and A4U universities can apply. Erasmus+ funding covers travel and living expenses from 3 to 5 months for students, and for 7 days for staff. The time spent abroad is recognised by the sending university, and the obtained credits count towards the student’s academic record. Staff deliver 8 hours of teaching or receive training during their stay.

148 staff and students have already taken part in the exchange between A4U and its partner universities in Russia, South Africa, Iran, India, Indonesia since 2015, and 164 more will join them in the next two years.

It is expected that as a result of this exchange programme, participating partner universities and universities members of A4U will:

  • Help students and staff boost their professional, social and intercultural skills, as well as employability;
  • Forge cooperation in teaching and research;
  • Attract talent and increase the number of international students and staff, thus contributing to their diversity and internationalisation.

Check Erasmus+ stories of students and staff who took part in the exchange on http://alliance4universities.eu/en/erasmus-stories/