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Embracing Modernisation Agenda: EMMA. Agreement n° 2012-4178/001-001 – Project n° 526421-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-ERASMUS-EAM Project funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme– Erasmus, Accompanying Measures . Some figures I. 1 year project: 01.10.2012 to 30.09.2013

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    1. Embracing Modernisation Agenda: EMMA Agreement n° 2012-4178/001-001 – Project n° 526421-LLP-1-2012-1-ES-ERASMUS-EAM Project funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme– Erasmus, Accompanying Measures

    2. Some figures I • 1 year project: 01.10.2012 to 30.09.2013 • 4 partners (multi-stakeholder partnership): • Compostela Group of Universities (Coordinator) • Brussels Education Services • VOKA VlaamsEconomischVerbond • ICUnet.AG (Erasmus Mundus Student & Alumni Association) • Total budget: 186.733 € - EC grant: 139.969 €

    3. Some figures II • 2 events, 1 publication (recommendations), 1 website • 1 main objective: provoke an in-depth debate among universities and relevant stakeholders on main policy issues highlighted in the EC Communication ‘Suporting Growth and Jobs – An agenda for the Modernisation of Europe’s Higher Education Systems’, 20.09.2011 • 5 topics: Increasing attainment levels, Quality and relevance, Mobility & cross border cooperation, Knowledge triangle and Governance & funding

    4. Background • Major challenges Education and Training are facing in times of crisis: labour markets transformed, disappearing low-skill jobs, lack of funding, anticipation skill needs, longer working lives, etc • Europe can create right conditions for growthand needs a well-educated work force with skills to face new challenges. • Potential of European HEIs to fulfil their role in society and contribute to Europe’s prosperity has to be better exploited. COMMUNICATION: ‘Supporting Growth and Jobs – An agenda for the Modernisation of Europe’s HE Systems’

    5. Aims • MAIN AIM: To generate and facilitate an in-depth discussion among relevant university representatives as well as stakeholders on the main policy issues highlighted in the Communication by means of highly interactive seminars – hands-on approach towards the subject matter: what can we undertake, how can we react in the most appropriate and efficient manner – supporting growth and jobs as an essential cornerstone for the future of our continent • AND: • To formulate, in cooperation with the stakeholders, advice and recommendations   • Awareness raising campaign both within and outside the EU on the Communication and all related EU policy documents. • Exploitation of project results (also beyond the contract period) through specific actions foreseen by the partnership.

    6. Activities: Workshops I • February 2013 • 2 days workshop • 45 to 50 participants: • University education & research professionals • QA officers • Mobility/IROs • TOPICS: • Increasing Attainment levels • Improving Q & relevance • Mobility & cross border cooperation • May 2013 • 1 day workshop • 45 to 50 participants: • Senior university managers (strategy level) • TOPICS: • Making the knowledge triangle work in view of regional development • Improving governance and funding

    7. Activities: Workshops II • Importance of the participation and involvement of stakeholders, other university networks and coordinators of related projects • Same format: • Introduction by EC speaker • Keynote on topics • Parallel discussion groups • Wrap up and closing • 5 Chairs and rapporteurs (co-authors of publication) will be appointed. • Background material will be prepared for the events and reports will follow

    8. Activities: EMMA Recommendations • Publication ready by end June 2013 • 5 main chapters by the appointed experts (workshops’ rapporteurs) • Rapporteurs will receive guidelines and instructions • Based on the events outcomes • Meeting May/beginning June 2013

    9. Activities: Dissemination • Project logo, projectflyer,project standard presentation and mailing lists to beproducedduring first months • EMMA project web portal updated on a regular basis. A discussion forum willbeintegrated • Education Ministries Briefing available to all CGU representatives • Breakfast briefing in Brussels at the end of the project

    10. Activities: Management & Quality • Management: • 5 SteeringCommittee Meetings (somecoincidewithotherevents). Reports willbeavailable. • 6 members: 3 representatives CGU, 1 BES, 1 VOKA, 1 ICUnet • Partnershipagreementswillbesigned • Quality: • AcademicQuality control by independent expert (publication & events) • Quality control at management and implementationlevel: draftingevents feedback forms, setting up deadlines, carrying out interviews, etc

    11. Activities: Sustainability • Establishment of the CompostelaInterest Group ‘EMMA’ • Continuedused of the EMMA Recommendations • Maintenance of projectwebsite and discussion forum • Other spin off initiatives (student forum withinCompostela, new projects, etc)

    12. Role of Partners: COMPOSTELA GROUP • Project coordinator: • general management & financialtasks, contact EACEA & partners • Workshops tasks: • AcademicFollow up • Liaisewithmemberuniversities • Involve experts • Deal with registration • Call for participants (20 experts frommemberuniversities) • Draftingtemplate for workshop reporting (to beused for the publication too) • Publication tasks: • Academicfollow up • Contact withco-authors (workshops’ rapporteurs) • Drafting publication structure • Disseminationtasks: • Briefing to Ministries of Education • Co-organising Breakfast briefing in Brussels • General disseminationtasks • Sustainability: • CompostelaInterest Group • Further use of Recommendations

    13. Role of Partners:Brussels Education Services • Support to Project coordinator: • Reporting and meeting agendas • Workshops tasks: • Administrative Follow up • Briefing speakers, chairs and rapporteurs • Prepare workshops material: background documents, reader, programme, etc • Drafing the guidelines for rapporteurs (to beused for publication) • Publication tasks: • Collectingrelatedprojects and background documents for rapporteurs/co-authors • Administrative folllow up: • Contact withco-authors • Setting up deadlines • Disseminationtasks: • Production of logo & leaflet • Production and managemnet of website & discussion forum • Contact lists • Co-organising Breakfast briefing in Brussels • General disseminationtasks • Quality control: • DraftingQuality Plan • Profile for indepent expert • Responsible for qualityatprojectlevel

    14. Role of Partners:VOKA • Management: • Participation meetings and generalfollow up • Workshops tasks: • General follow up & participation workshops • Proposing speakers and inviting participants • Publication tasks: • Participation in co-authors meeting • Sendingviews on draftrecommendations & involvement in final validation • Disseminationtasks: • General disseminationamongemployers and trade organisations in Flanders and Europe • Participation breakfast briefing • General follow up taks in Quality control and sustainability (involvement of employers and trade organisations)

    15. Role of Partners:ICUnet AG (EMA) • Management: • Participation meetings and generalfollow up • Workshops tasks: • General follow up & participation workshops • Proposing speakers and inviting participants • Publication tasks: • Sendingviews on draftrecommendations & involvement in final validation • Disseminationtasks: • General disseminationamongstudent organisations in Europe • Participation breakfast briefing • General follow up taks in Quality control and sustainability (involvement of student organisations)

    16. Role of 5 CGU experts: from workshops rapporteurs to publication co-authors • 5 experts (one for each of the topics) to be proposed by CGU and approved by Steering Committee • They will be involved in project from early stage • They will act as rapporteurs in workshops (their reports will feed into publication) • They will read and follow the guidelines prepared by the partners • They will take part in the co-authors meeting • They will write their respective publication chapter and will meet the deadlines set by the EMMA partners

    17. Thanks for your attention Further information on the EMMA projectcanbefoundathttp://www.emma-project.eu Contact: Lucia Castro (lucia.castro@usc.es)