Mobility Policy-Practice Connect – MPPC

Term / Duration

October 2013 – September 2014

Recipient

European Commission, EACEA (funded under the Lifelong Learning Programme, ERASMUS Accompanying measures)

Partner(s)

European University Association (EUA)

Description

Mobility, defined as a core priority at the European level, has been explored in various dimensions over the past decade. While mobility and internationalisation have been given high importance at European level, many European countries are still interested to develop and enhance national policies/strategies. As a follow-up to several ACA initiatives (including ENPMOB, IMPI and MOWIN) and to the EUA’s MAUNIMO project, the MPPC project aimed to build capacity at system and institutional level to create and implement comprehensive mobility strategies.

Project objectives

The objective of the project was to develop capacity at national and institutional level to define and implement strategies for student and staff mobility. More specifically, and to this effect, the project:

Supported, in conjunction with national rectors' conferences that were associated partners, the development and enhancement of national mobility strategies, which is one of the milestones of the Mobility Strategy for the EHEA (agreed by ministers in April 2012).

Concentrated on three national case studies, where the capacity development activities took place (France, Lithuania, Hungary), and used these countries as examples for how policy makers and institutions can work together to define/improve national and institutional strategies for mobility across Europe. 

Conducted an ex-post analysis of the experience of three pilot universities of the MAUNIMO project (2010-2012), after completing the Mobility Mapping Tool (a mobility self-assessment tool). The ex-post analysis was then linked to the workshops and focus groups.

Project methodology

The project centred around three capacity building workshops in France, Hungary and Lithuania, that targeted vice-rectors/heads of international offices, relevant stakeholder organisations, government representatives, as well as international experts. Each workshop tackled the specific national context regarding some of the issues that have been explored in the MAUNIMO project, such as enhancing quality of mobility through institutional partnerships, incentivising outward mobility, attracting inward mobility, embedding mobility into quality assurance practices, enhancing staff mobility and generating better data on mobility at institutional and national level to improve decision-making. Each workshop has an outcome report, with specific suggestions for in-country institutions and policy-makers. The 3 country workshop reports can be downloaded by clicking on the country names: France, Lithuania and Hungary.

As a means to connect policy and practice, a focus group was also held in each of the 3 countries with the government (various ministries) and other relevant stakeholders (national students’ union, QA agency). The goal was to further define and improve a national mobility strategy, in line with the commitments of the Bologna Process. 

Further information about the project can be found on the MPPC project website.

The project outcomes are published in a final paper.

Partners

MPPC was a joint project of EUA and ACA. A coordination team has been set up with the three national rectors' conference of France (CPU), Hungary (MRK) and Lithuania (LURK), which have hosted the various project events.

The project was funded under the European Union Lifelong Learning Programme