Higher education student and staff mobility projec..
Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
As this was our first year of experiencing Erasmus+ mobilities we focused on strongly developing and reinforcing our existing partnerships:
- in China: Suzhou Academy of Art and Design
- in Poland: Liceum n. V im Augusta Witkowskiego, Polytechnic School of Krakow (Architecture) and the Academy of Fine Arts of Krakow (university of interior design)
This double partnership has made it possible for us to organise binational or trinational workshops to make our students eager to study or carry out their internship abroad. Such projects are meant as an investment for the future and therefore we intend to develop such mobilities.
Trinational workshop: China-France-Poland for M1 in global design --> While exchanging with Suzhou Academy (where three French DSAA students were working in an internship mobility) via Skype and specific Tumblr writings, students and teachers from France and Poland have been working together, exchanging their design process, on an in situ implementation of Gap games in both Strasbourg an Krakow.
Binational workshops: France Poland for L2 students in Space design and Building Degree with the Academy of Fine Arts and the Polytehnic School of Krakow --> students and teachers from France and Poland have been working together, exchanging their design process and technical knowledge on an on-going architecture project.
These teaching mobilities have allowed teachers to better the partnering institutions (education, pedagogy, contents) so as to be able to propose study mobilities in the near future.
Thus 3 language teachers have been granted teaching mobilities to better understand the language requirements and our partners' expectations, but also to exchange on their pedagogical pratices.
On the whole 6 French teachers have benefited from Erasmus teaching mobilities grants while 6 teachers have received teachers from our partnering institutions at Le Corbusier High School.
The binational workshops, for which teachers received teaching mobilities grants, are an excellent tool to exchange on pedagogical practices, to develop the language skills of non-language teachers and the technical competences of language teachers, to open the students' and teachers' minds on another culture, and to provide both students and teachers with a work environment where English is the common work language.
We are still in the process of creating a database of foreign professional structures which could accept our students as trainees. The official texts for our BTS and DSAA educations require that the students find their internship by themselves, which makes it quite difficult to know beforehand the number of mobilities to cover. Nevertheless we think we will be able to get a reliable database so as to be able to provide our students with a specific number of addresses abroad where they could apply to.
In our BTS educations (L2) carrying out a placement abroad is not compulsory, and this is a mandatory 8-week placement, therefore not as long as the 2-month period requested by the Erasmus chart. This can be quite a problem. Thus, this year, only two BTS students could be granted an Erasmus grant, either because the placement they had found took place in a country outside Europe, or because their period didn't span the required 2 months (sometimes only for 3 days). We intend to better accompany the students in their aplications and when establishing the contract so as to be able to help more students with Erasmus grants.
Last, we offer the possibility to M2 students to carry on their education with a placement abroad which would be taken into account in their degree with an international mention. This opportunity is no doubt an asset on the job market and increases their employability. 3 M2 students have been granted Erasmus grants to cover these mobilities.
To sum up, the demand from students is growing, especially after the international workshops we take them to, which validates our initial hypothesis. Yet they sometimes find placements outside Europe, which is not covered by our chart. We intend to apply for a chart covering other non-member partnering countries.
Not relevant this year.
We are presently trying to develop our network of partnering institutions and have decided to make the most of our present partnerships to develop and broaden from them. Thus the Academy of Fine Arts of Krakow has a strong partnership with Milan but also contacts in Chili. We will have the opportunity, during our next workshops in March to work with teachers from both these institutions thus potentially enlarging our network of partners. We have also met the Dean of the AGH University of science and technology of Krakow who could become a partner of one of the school in our "Campus des Métiers", namely the INSA of Strasbourg.
Last we would like to develop a partnership with the School of Design of EIndhoven and the Glasgow School of Arts.
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