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 https://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.