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Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: Sep 30, 2016 PROJECT  FINISHED 

Novancia has been involved in international academic exchanges for 30 years. When applying for the Erasmus+ charter 2015-2020, the School had 3 goals: - to promote and encourage studies abroad for our students, combined with opportunities for professional training. - to involve 50 % of our teaching staff in courses incorporating international and intercultural content, with class visits and participation in the teaching of intercultural studies. Forty percent of the teaching staff are currently involved, and we are confident that we will reach 50 % by 2020. - to outline a clear policy designed to increase the awareness and sensitivity of administrative staff to issues relating to the hosting of international students. This program encourages staff to become involved in mobility training, to interact with partner-university representatives visiting Novancia, in addition to the creation of programs tailored to visiting international students. Participation in mobility programs For the academic year 2015-2016: Outbound mobility - 76 students studying abroad, among them 42% in Europe. - Of the 461 student internships abroad, 62 % have been carried out in Europe. - 5 teaching mobility participants, including 2 under the Erasmus program. In addition, our teaching researchers took part in international conferences, resulting in approximately 20 communications in 2016. - a dozen staff international mobility, including 1 Erasmus training mobility, mainly from our International Department. They attended international conferences and visited universities in order to bolster existing partnerships and to develop new ones. Inbound mobility - 141 students from various exchange programs were welcomed to Novancia, including 56 from our Erasmus partner universities. It should also be noted that we welcomed 90 foreign students for short-term programs, and 70 students came to earn a diploma (our MSc diploma in International Business Development and Consulting, and our master degree open to students holding a non-French Bachelor degree via the Pass-world competitive exam). These 320 foreign students have contributed to an expanded international presence for our institution. - 7 visiting teachers taught classes, 6 of them from Erasmus partner universities. - We also hosted delegations from partner and non-partner universities in order to develop and create new partnerships, as well as to exchange information on good practices related to our relationship to companies and opportunities for continuing education and training. Academic support for outbound mobility All of our outbound mobility participants are given language preparation and intercultural training before departure. A dedicated academic staff member handles international internships, both in and outside Europe, assisting and advising students in their choice of internship and destination. For study abroad, and in support of the academic mobility program, the International Department provides Bachelor and Master students with general orientations and specific information about their destinations. Once students have been selected, they take part in a specific information meeting prior to their departure. Second-year bachelor students participate in an International Week, during which they work in teams along with the exchange students to create projects relating to a chosen theme. These teams are overseen by both a teacher from Novancia and a visiting instructor. Academic support for inbound mobility Incoming exchange students receive an orientation over several days, involving all interested parties (the International Department, various department and program heads, including those representing Student Services, associations and the sports Department). Students enrolled in the Master program receive a week of orientation, with lectures on French economics and culture. They can also participate in additional events (conferences, visits, etc.) as part of the "Paris luxury tours" track, conceived especially for international students. Impact According to participants feedback (see question 8.2): Overall, participants in inbound and outbound mobility programs have been either "satisfied" or "very satisfied".

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