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International Working Experience for Staff and Students, 2017-2017
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The four Social and Health Care Colleges in Region Southern Denmark have for several years cooperated about student mobility within Leonardo and Erasmus+ programmes. In this project for 2015-2017 we also work together about staff mobility (Annex 1). Firstly student and staff mobility is an important part of the colleges' initiatives to strengthen the international perspective in our educations and an important contribution to make our educations attractive to future students. Secondly student and staff mobility is vital in order to profile our colleges as competent partners concerning international projects both in Denmark and Europe. The main objectives of the project with regard to the students are to provide a basis for the students to obtain knowledge about international relations especially within the social and health care area and the child care area. Furthermore to strengthen the students' intercultural competences through practice placements abroad in order to strengthen their skills in foreign languages, personal and professional competences in order to improve their possibilities to become a part of the European labor market. With regard to the staff the main objectives are to strengthen the development of quality and innovation in both teaching and administration and to enhance internationalization at our colleges by sending out members of our staff for supplementary education abroad. The project encompasses 102 social and health care students and child care students, 9 teachers and 1 administrative employee. The stays abroad will take place at relevant institutions. For the students the stays will last 1 month for members of staff the stays will last 1 week. The stays will be arranged in cooperation with our partners abroad, mostly vocational colleges that offer similar educations. These partners many of which we have cooperated fruitfully with for several years have committed themselves by Letter of Intent to fulfill the demands of the project. The sending organization is responsible for preparing the participants pedagogicaly, linguistically and culturally, making sure that the insurances and health insurances comply with the demands of the Erasmus+ programme. Furthermore the sending institution is responsible for transferring the grant from the Erasmus+ programme to the participants' accounts. The receiving organization is responsible for finding suitable practice placements to the students, organizing a programme to the members of staff that will fulfill their objectives, finding suitable accommodation, making sure that there will be a mentor at the practice placement to guide the students, providing a tutor from college that will support the students in obtaining their objectives and be available if the students need help in unexpected situations. For the individual student it is expected that the learning outcome for the practice placement will be achieved and that the student will graduate in due course. It is furthermore expected that the students will improve their skills in foreign languages, develop their personal, vocational and intercultural competences and as result improve their possibilities to become part of the European labor market. With regard to the members of staff it is expected that they fulfill the objectives for their educational course and develop their intercultural competences in order to ensure a continuous positive development of the international perspective at our colleges contributing to fulfill the international strategies at our colleges. As a result it is expected that the obtained knowledge and experiences will be reflected in a development of the teaching methods and administrative practices at our colleges. The participants (students and members of staff) are expected to share their knowledge and experiences with their colleagues and fellow students in order to contribute to the development of the international perspective of our colleges. If the management of our colleges consider it to be of relevance it is expected that the participants in meetings with our local and regional employers inform about their experiences in order to enhance the understanding of internationalization at our colleges and for the educations as such. In a broader perspective it is expected that our participation in activities within the Erasmus+ programme will improve the participating colleges development of the international dimension in our educations. We also expect that the project will contribute to improve the relations between us and our European partners, so the four Social and Health Care Colleges appear as reliable and desirable partners for future projects with international scope.

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