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Towards International Professional Profiles
Start date: Jun 1, 2015, End date: May 31, 2017 PROJECT  FINISHED 

This project aims to develop the strategic agenda of ROCMN by offering students of vocational education of all qualifications of ROC Midden Nederland an international experience and by offering staff capacity building programmes with international partners and international companies. An international experience for studentsis part of the career planning that is central to ROCMNs philososphy. Students are at the start of their career and while studying for a vocation need to plan ahead as a worker and citizen of the future. For a number of students an international experience is part of this equasion as it offers them new opportunities to acquire skills such as: - personal skills (independence, flexibility, problem-solving) - intercultural skills - language skills. ROCMN promotes these international activities and supports students who would like to participate. Promotion is organised in several different manners of which the most important are: presentations to students by the coordinators, special page per college on e-learning system, Facebook and special attention to international opportunities at open days. Furthermore it is a regular topic during mentoring as part of career development. Most students go on a long-term placement (12 weeks or more) on an individual bases in the period that is set by the vocational department. Therefore the system is very flexible and individual. Each student receives personal attention by the coordinator who will discuss the students needs and requirements extensively with the partner institution. These are complementary to the standard requirements of the qualification that have to be met as with any other placement in the Netherlands such as accreditation of the host company and an agreement (POK). The student uses an online step by step approach to prepare for the placement and to fulfil all the requirements of the ERASMUS+ programme. There is also a preparatory programme on Blackboard with helps the students to be better prepared for the circumstances in a different country and in a different company. During the placement the student is supported by the placement coordinator (through telephone, e-mail and Skype) and by the partner institution. This network of experienced support around students is working very well and much is due to the long standing relations ROC Midden Nederland has with the partners of this project. Of course ROC Midden Nederland also provides these services to students of partner institutions. After their return students have to provide documentation to proof that they have met requirements of the qualification as well as the requirements of European funding. For teachers the system is also very flexible in time and place. However great emphases is put on the learning objectives of each member of staff. These have to be in line with the strategic agenda of the college and have an impact not just on the individual level but also on departmental level. The system is developed in such a way that the matching of learning objectives and the qualities and opportunties of the partner institution are carefully matched. Upon return teachers have to prove that they are making a difference to their department. Monitoring and evaluation of this process is done in cooperation with the human resources department. Teachers have provide a report which is published centrally on the intranet and also asked to share their experiences with outside companies and potential students. Through both these activities for students and staff ROCMN will become a more attractive provider of vocational education incorperating EU innovations and experiences in the further development of its education.
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