The possibilities of the European educational program "Erasmus +" - at Lutsk NTU

The possibilities of the European educational program "Erasmus +" -  at Lutsk  NTU

Presentation of the possibilities of the European educational program "Erasmus +" took place in the walls of  Lutsk National Technical University. The organizer of the presentation was the Department of International Relations (Lutsk NTU).

In particular, the specialist of the Department of International  Relations - Andrii Zhovniruk described what "Erasmus +" is. According to him, this is the  program of the European Union for the period 2014-2020 supporting projects of cooperation, partnerships, measures and mobility in the field of education, training, youth and sports. Together with more than 150 countries of the world, Ukraine is one of the Erasmus + Programme partner countries. Member Countries (Program Member Countries) are 28 Countries of the Economic Union) and some more. In addition, the program budget for 2014-2020 is 14.7 billion euros.

According to Andrii Zhovniruk, students, graduates, teachers, youth, institutions of higher education, research institutions, institutions of vocational and secondary education, academic, professional, student and youth associations, associations, public organizations, enterprises  can participate in the program. The main criteria for the key areas of the program are: the relevance of the project application; team quality and organization of cooperation; quality design and implementation; impact and stability.

The key directions of the program are 5: KA1 - Academic Mobility; KA2 - Cooperation projects; KA3 - Support for reforms; Jean Monet; Sport.

Direction КА1 - mobility.

Mobility of students and workers: opportunities for students, interns, young people and volunteers, as well as for teachers,  trainers, youth workers, higher education institutions and non-governmental organizations to study and / or gain experience in another country;

Joint Master's Program Erasmus Mundus: Integrated International High-Level Educational Programs Presented by Consortia of Higher Education Institutions, providing Scholarships to the Best Masters of the World;

Student loans for Erasmus Masters programs +: Students from higher education institutions from participating countries can borrow under the Erasmus + program, go abroad for a full master's degree. Students should apply to national banks or student lending institutions.

          The direction of KA2 is cooperation for the development or innovation and the exchange of best practices.

International Strategic Partnerships are aimed at introducing initiatives for the development of one or more areas of vocational training and youth and encouraging innovation, exchange of experience and know-how among different types of organizations in the field of education, training and youth or in other relevant fields;

Knowledge Alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises aiming at improving innovation, entrepreneurship, creativity, increased employability, knowledge sharing and / or interdisciplinary teaching and learning;

Alliances of sectoral competencies that support the development and popularization of educational programs for joint vocational training, curricula, teaching methods and teaching methods;

Capacity Building Projects in Support of Cooperation with Partner Countries in Higher Education and Youth. Projects of Capacity Development are aimed at supporting the organization / institution and the system of their modernization and the process of internationalization;

Platforms of information technology support such as eTwinning, the European Platform for Adult Learning (EPALE) and the 19 European Youth Portal that offer virtual co-operation spaces, the use of database capabilities, community practices and other online services for teachers,  practitioners in the field of school and adult education, as well as for young people, volunteers and youth workers throughout Europe and abroad.

           KA3 - support for reforms.

Knowledge in education, training and youth for evidence-based policy analysis and monitoring, in particular: country-specific and thematic analysis, as well as in cooperation with scientific networks; exchange of experience and partner assessments through open methods of coordination in education, training and youth;

Initiatives in innovation (educational) policy to stimulate innovation policy among stakeholders;

Supporting European (educational) policy instruments to facilitate transparency and recognition of competencies and qualifications, as well as loan transfers, to provide a guarantee of quality, support for the confirmation of non-governmental non-profit organizations and non-formal learning, managerial competencies and leadership;

Collaboration with international organizations with a high reputation and analytical potential;

Promoting the Program, supporting reforms and stakeholder dialogue with government agencies, educational services providers, and stakeholders in the field of education.

          Jean Monet

Modules, Departments, Centers of Excellence for the purpose of disseminating and deepening European studies both within the framework of official educational programs of institutions of higher education, and through conducting research on European integration subjects, monitoring or scientific management of research, as well as the inclusion in European studies of other educational levels;

Debates with the academic world at the expense of: a) networks for expanding cooperation between different universities throughout Europe and worldwide, enhancing cooperation and creating a powerful platform for the exchange of knowledge between different "actors" and Commission services on the most pressing issues in the field of European studies; b) Projects for the introduction of innovation, mutual enrichment and dissemination of Eurointegration content, with the purpose of activating the discourse, promoting reflection, deepening knowledge about the EU and European integration processes;

The support of associations for the purpose of organizing and carrying out statutory activities of associations engaged in European studios or studying European integration issues, as well as disseminating information about the EU among the general public, which promotes active European citizenship. Direction Jean Monnet also provides grants to specifically designated institutions that promote European ideas and conduct Research and Conferences in order to provide policy makers with new ideas and concrete suggestions.

Sport

Joint partnerships aiming at promoting the integrity of sport (anti-doping, combating unlawful influence on the results of sports events, protecting minors), supporting innovative approaches to the implementation of the EU principles of good governance in sport, EU strategies in the field of social inclusion and equal opportunities, encouraging participation in sports and physical activity, etc. These partnerships also include small collaborative partnerships aimed at promoting social inclusion and equal opportunities in sport, promotion of European traditional sports and games;

Non-commercial European sporting events, grants to individual organizations responsible for the preparation, organization and follow-up of this event;

 

Strengthening the evidence base for policy making through research; data collection, reviews; networks; conferences and workshops that disseminate best practices from Program Member States and sports organizations and strengthen networks at EU level so that national members of these networks can take advantage of the opportunity to interact and share with their partners;

Dialogue with relevant European stakeholders, which is the main annual sports forum and support of the EU Sport Administration measures organized by the EU member states, which holds the EU presidency.

In order to submit a project application, first of all, you should familiarize  with the conditions and priorities of participation in the program, register on the Portal of participants, check the eligibility of the program criteria and check the financial conditions, fill out the form and send the project application.

What happens after submission of the project application? At the same time, the evaluation procedure, the final decision, the announcement of the award is continued. After the recommendation for funding, the grant agreement will begin, the amount of the grant, procedures and payment methods will be determined.

Mykola Melnychuk, Head of the Department of Materials Science, shared the practical experience of participating in the Program and the results of submitting the project application. He dwelled further on the directions of КA1 and KA2 and noted that this year Ukraine has an additional budget for these two areas.

"KA1 is the easiest way to get mobility. We only need, having a partnership, to ask about the possibility of signing an interinstitutional agreement, and then the technical aspect of the question begins ... Accordingly, students, teachers will be able to go for this training. Mobility involves a scholarship and reimbursement of travel costs, "adds Mykola Melnychuk.

In addition, Mykola Melnychuk gave some advice to colleagues on how to better analyze application priorities, select partner Universities and implement projects. Continuing the exchange of practical advice the Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering Department  Vasyl Melnyk, who shared the rough documents that had previously been prepared for participation in the project.

Finally, the Speaker of the event called on all those who would like to participate in the Erasmus + program, not to be afraid of difficulties, but  confidently try to implement the planned projects, as well as to seek assistance from the International Relations Department of Lutsk NTU

 

Ilona Karpiuk, Information Department of Lutsk National Technical University