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What is SIEM?

Social inclusion is a priority for the next Erasmus programme, but very little hard data is available on the accessibility of the current programme and what measures could be put in place to improve access and participation. Students from less advantaged backgrounds and from underrepresented groups that go abroad tend to get better degree results, have lower unemployment rates, are more likely to start their career in graduate-level jobs and have a higher starting salary than their non-mobile peers. However, while they stand to gain from this experience, these students are underrepresented in mobility, with only 7% of Erasmus students coming from a disadvantaged or underrepresented group.

In response to this, ESN has launched the ‘Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility’ project. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership between ESN, UUKi and the European University Foundation,YES Forum, Vrije Universiteit Brussel (BE), University of Vigo (ES), Masaryk University (CZ), University of Latvia (LV), ESN Spain (ES) and ESN France (FR).

Goals

This project is an important step toward making international mobility opportunities more inclusive, enabling students from all backgrounds to study, work or volunteer abroad. The ultimate goal of higher education in general, and studying abroad in specific, is to shape a generation of Europeans that transcend traditional cultural beliefs, who embrace cultural differences and endorse mutual intercultural understanding to shape a united society that offers space to everyone.


Widening Participation

Increase the participation of underrepresented groups in the Erasmus programme in order to make the international student mobility more inclusive.

Community Engagement

Encourage Erasmus students and student organisations to organise volunteer initiatives in order to reach out to the local community in order to increase intercultural exchange.

Peer-to-Peer Interaction

Increase the interaction between international students and local communities of underrepresented groups and visibility of international student mobility.

News

COVID-19 Impact on Inclusion in Erasmus

12 May, 2020

Student Survey

27 February, 2020

University Staff Survey

27 February, 2020

SIEM Project Launch

23 December, 2019

Project Timeline

February 2020 - October 2021

  • February - May 2020

    Research on Inclusive Student Mobility

    The project will start with a research component in Spring 2020. A student and university survey will be launched to assess the challenges students from diverse backgrounds experience before, during and after their mobility.

  • March - August 2020

    Student Voices in Mobility

    Through focus groups, study visits to 6 different universities, an inclusive workshop with students from diverse backgrounds across Europe, the project aims to bring internationalisation closer to students and young people.

  • October 2020

    Social Dimension of Erasmus - Training & Conference

    In October 2020 the project will organise training and conference for student representatives and university staff members on how to bring internationalisation closer to young people from diverse backgrounds in their local communities.

  • October - December 2020

    Pilot Phase - Impact Measurement

    Piloting of recommendations for inclusive mobility promotion and recruitment in the different Universities that are part of the project as well as dissemination and organisation of activities on the ground to improve interaction between international and local students.

  • November 2020 - February 2021

    Peer to Peer - Communication

    To support the implementation of the promotion of student mobility, the portal will be supported by student testimonials and blog posts in order to showcase that student mobility is for everyone.

  • March - July 2021

    Soft Launch of the Erasmus Impact Portal

    In the second phase of the implementation, the portal will be available for all students and youth organisations involved in Erasmus mobility projects in order to assess their impact as well as make promotion of mobility with a peer to peer approach.

  • October 2021

    Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility - Conference

    In this conference, the project will launch its official toolkit and present its overall results, while offering a chance to connect stakeholders across the education sector with students.

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