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On 6 September, the Flemish regional government approved a strategic action plan on student mobility for the period 2013-2020. The action plan Brains on the move was proposed by Flemish Minister of Education Pascal Smet and aims at achieving a 33 % student mobility rate of Flemish students by 2020.
The Flemish government estimates that currently 12.5 % of students from Flanders gain study abroad experience. The action plan follows a broad definition of study abroad stays and aims at including short time mobility programmes, summer schools, internship programmes and generally any sort of stay abroad for the purpose of studies.
The action plan foresees following aspects:
Although the action plan’s focus largely remains on outgoing mobility, incoming mobility is also mentioned as a priority objective. In comparison to the European Union’s aim of achieving a 20 % student mobility rate the Flemish action plan is, indeed, very ambitious. Raf Devos, Deputy Cabinet Minister for Education, Youth and Equality and Magalie Soenen, from the Department of Education and Training will present the action plan Brains on the move on five occasions throughout Flanders during October and November.
Flemish Ministry of Education and Traning (in Dutch)