University, Erasmus seminar on internationalization in Venice

The European seminar “Strategies for internationalization in higher education” is underway, organized in Venice by Ca ‘Foscari University and the Erasmus + Indire National Agency, in collaboration with the Ministry of Universities and the National Agencies. Erasmus + from France and Germany. The event is part of the Transnational Cooperation activities planned by the Erasmus + Program. The aim of the initiative is to analyze and improve the international dimension of higher education in order to eliminate obstacles to the full development of student and teacher mobility and to foster inter-agency cooperation. More than 130 representatives of higher education institutions active in the Program and 16 different European countries are present at the event: delegates of the rectors, representatives of Unimed (Union of Mediterranean Universities), professors and administrators directly involved in the management of Erasmus + projects. international mobility and cooperation.

Educational vocation

“The international vocation of higher education is a key dimension of the Erasmus Program and is strongly recommended by the European Commission because it is synonymous with an open academic community, which welcomes teachers, students and staff from around the world – says Flaminio Galli Director General of the Erasmus + Indire Agency – In the seminar we pursue this priority mission also analyzing the results of a research on Erasmus flows, carried out by Ca ‘Foscari University together with our Agency, which connects the academic dimension with the commercial and tourist dimension of the different territories ”.
“I am delighted to be able to host this important seminar at our university,” said Tiziana Lippiello, Rector of Ca ‘Foscari University in Venice, who took stock of the Erasmus student mobility program. at Ca ‘Foscari we have always believed in internationalization as an essential component of university education; exchange programs are an important part of this process. Recently, our Erasmus international mobility activities have been evaluated by the Indire Agency with a score of 99 out of 100, a result that makes us proud and pushes us to do even more to offer the maximum of such opportunities. We are also pleased to be able to contribute to the research and study of these aspects in order to delve deeper into a topic that should be among the priorities of education and academic experience. “

I study

The works foresee the interventions of Italian and European university professors and address some aspects considered more urgent among those directly related to internationalization, namely: the synergy of funds and actions of the program; the processes of adaptation of territories and the study of the impact of internationalization in various areas (such as the labor market); the elimination of obstacles to mobility The seminar also presents the main results of European research carried out by Ca ‘Foscari University in Venice and Indire entitled “The internationalization of higher education: factors of attractiveness”. The study, based on data on the entry and exit of Erasmus students from 2014 to 2018, shows the strong growth of the period, in particular the number of departures of Italian students, which increased during the period by 32%. , while European students arrived in Italy. increased by 20%. Research has shown that the choices made by Erasmus students regarding mobility destinations do not follow the network of European cooperation developed at the academic level. Research shows that the leading regions in terms of trade, tourism and academia also tend to attract a large number of Erasmus students. In addition, higher education institutions that offer longer stays and a diversified offer on the ground and attract more students geographically. However, the number of credits awarded in the performance of the exams is not a determining factor in the choice of destination. This could suggest that Erasmus students are looking for a fuller and broader educational experience, which may not be part of the mere academic experience at a European university. Finally, higher education institutions located in an urban, metropolitan, or border region attract more students, as well as the quality of institutions and factors related to innovation (e.g., the proportion of knowledge workers or patents in border sectors). ), are positive determinants of Erasmus mobility. flows.

Erasmus data in Italy

From the beginning of the program (1987) to the present, the total number of Italian university students involved in mobility for studies or internships has exceeded 600 thousand. Following the 2018 call (the last one not committed by Covid), Italy has risen to 3rd place for students on the move to study in European destinations (after Spain and France). If we look at the reception, 185,189 students have chosen Italy for the Erasmus experience (between study and internship) during the 7 years (2014-2020); The proportion of students arriving in Italy with Erasmus mobility and the number of Italians leaving with Erasmus abroad is equal to 72 students admitted to 100 parties.

Departures 2022

The second call of the 2021-2027 Program provides 105,745,514.00 euros (+ 42%) to finance mobility scholarships for 40,164 students, 39% more than the previous year, and 5,017 between teachers and staff. 56% of the overall budget went to Lombardy, Lazio, Emilia-Romagna, Veneto and Campania.

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