International Internship AGORA
Start date: Jan 1, 2011,
Universities of the 21st Century are expected to reconsider their relationship with both the regional and global economy. Practical placement may act as an important pillar of it, as well as a multifunctional tool for improving the employability of graduates. While flexibility of course delivery and physical/virtual mobility have received quite a lot of attention, leading to widely available good practice cases/guidelines, in contrast much less focus has been directed towar the improvement of flexibility and internationalization of practical placements. The prime objective of the I2AGORA project is to open up synergic potential between EU projects, focused on this challenging area. Survey, systematization and synthetisation of previously implemented and running relevant projects will follow a 3*3 dimensional approach - a "Magic Cube" of Virtual Internship Programs - involving:- vertical dimensions - periods of internship in chronological order, (pre-, implementation and post-internship activities),- horizontal dimensions - pedagogical patterns, technological tools and methodological models, as elements of the "educational" approach,- layers of actors/stakeholders: students, universities, enterprises and intermediaries/multipliers Special pilot "Internship2.0" programs will be announced and managed by the partners - students from all over EU will be involved in different development activities.I2AGORA will deliver: (1) multilingual Intern-Gateway as a one-stop access point to virtual internship projects, guidelines, etc. (2) IdeAgora - a web-based meeting point for sharing ideas and solutions within the Community of Practice (3) versatile support in using ICT-based, modern working environment by all stakeholders, (4) a multiplication of the impact by "Employability Cliniques" events with proven showcases; (5) a confrontation of conventional placement assumptions with flexible models, leading to recommendations for European policy.
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