The increasing interest in 'learning mobility with non-industrialized countries' (LEMONOC) has been taken up in recent European educational policies (E4A and Horizon 2020). The European Commission has launched the E4A programme (2014-2020) aiming “to ensure that education and training systems deliver the knowledge and skills needed in an increasingly globalized labour market”. The goal is to strengthen the EU as an advanced knowledge society, with sustainable economic development, provide more and better jobs and greater social cohesion by transnational mobility, by enhancing personal growth and global citizenship. To reach these goals, a thorough knowledge of societies in non-industrialised countries is vital, the development of a sustainable partnership with the Global South combined with the acquisition of crucial skills and knowledge by exchanging and engaging locally while studying or working abroad.
LEMONOC will play in this by providing the framework for such learning mobility. There is an increasing number of very diverse exchange opportunities in higher education institutions with varying goals and objectives. This involves a need to develop a more structural, qualitative and joint approach in organizing such transnational exchange programmes.This project will develop publications, online tools and training courses addressing the critical dimensions of learning mobility with non-industrialized countries. It will provide validated good practices, essential documentation and a self-assessment tool for higher education institutions.
The project identified five thematic areas of learning mobility with non-industrialised countries:
- Partnership: All the activities and initiatives deployed by your institution in order to establish relationships in which you are working together as partners with HEIs and other stakeholders in Higher Education in non-industrialised countries concerning learning mobility programmes for students.
- Motivation: The process of informing and sensitizing students in your HEI in order to get them to choose for learning mobility with non-industrialised countries during their higher education programme and the (possible) selection process to validate their candidacy within your institution.
- Preparation: The process to get students ready for learning mobility to non-industrialized countries, including preparatory coaching of students concerning intercultural and international learning outcomes and administration and organisation this type of learning mobility in your faculty or institution.
- Guidance: All the activities and initiatives taken in your HEI to help and advice students concerning their learning process as well as practical and intercultural issues during their learning mobility in non-industrialized countries
- Debriefing, reflection and post-assignment support: All the activities and initiatives organized once they have returned to their HEI in order to coach students in assimilating their learning mobility experiences, to take care of their home coming experience, to assess the learning outcomes of the learning mobility, to evaluate the learning mobility programme and setting and to disseminate the learning mobility experiences to a wider audience.
The project consortium will ensure the sustainability of the developed instruments and the wider approach by establishing a transnational network of higher education institutions and other staetholders engaged in the quality improvement of 'learning mobility to non-industrialized countries'.
LEMONOC is supported by a grant from the Lifelong Learning Programme of the European Commission.