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Flanders: project on inclusive mobility

The EPFIME (Establishing a thought-out Policy and Framework for Inclusive Mobility across Europe) project is a 2-year EU-funded project is led by the Ministry of Education and Training of Belgium/Flemish Community in collaboration with the Support Centre for Inclusive Higher Education in Flanders (SIHO), the Association for Higher Education Access and Disability (AHEAD) in Ireland, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN), and the Irish Universities Association (IUA). Three experts from Universities UK International (UUKI), Confia International and Ghent University are also providing expertise on the topic of inclusive mobility.

During this project, consortium partners and experts will examine in-depth the needs and expectations on inclusive mobility of national authorities, students with disabilities and higher education institutions across Europe, while focusing on how national authorities and higher education institutions can collaborate better to ensure the quality and the transferability of support services for both incoming and outgoing students with disabilities in exchange programmes.

Throughout the project, the different partners will:

  • Publish a policy report on existing national regulations on inclusive mobility
  • Publish policy recommendations to practitioners in higher education across Europe (European Commission, national authorities, national agencies, policy officers, international relations officers, disability and inclusion officers) on how to implement a sustainable framework on inclusive mobility at European/national/regional/institutional level
  • Create a guideline on inclusive mobility to stimulate higher education institutions to implement a sustainable inclusive mobility strategy at institutional level
  • Create a self-assessment tool for national authorities and higher education institutions to monitor policies on inclusive mobility around Europe and compare their own policies, knowing easily where they stand
  • Create an online platform called for national authorities, practitioners, and students with disabilities. Connected to existing MappED! platform, national authorities will be able to register their information on regulations, policies, and support services

The outcomes of this project will stimulate a better and in-depth collaboration of the different stakeholders and ensure/increase the quality and transferability of support services among European countries. In the long-term, the project will hopefully allow for an increase of students with disabilities participating in international exchange programmes. The project will run until May 2021.