The European University Foundation – EUF is a network of 19 universities established in 15 countries. It stands for diversity and social fairness in Higher Education (HE) and aims to accelerate the modernisation of the European Higher Education Area. The network deploys intensive cooperation and policy experimentation under five key pillars: (1) Digital Higher Education both for governance and provision of education, (2) entrepreneurship and employability skills of graduates, (3) policy innovation at national and European level, (4) active citizenship of students and (5) quality mobility for all.
The network’s key activities are designed to build capacity and expertise among administrative and academic staff members, to raise awareness of EU policy goals and actions and to enable policy dialogs between practitioners, policy-makers and stakeholders. The activities are underpinned by the organisation of high quality student mobility, since this is considered to be an excellent driver to implement reforms within HE. The network activities aim at reflecting the needs and challenges of its members in a comprehensive way and have successfully contributed in the past two years to establish two strategic partnerships in the field of entrepreneurship and employability, created one strategic partnership and contributed to a forward-looking initiative aimed at tackling the governance and management of learning mobility activities through novel IT solutions.
To maximise the impact of outcomes the EUF is affiliated with the European University Association, the European Student Union, the Erasmus Student Network, and the Lifelong Learning Platform. The network is supported by the Erasmus+ grant in Civil Society Cooperation in the field of Education and Training.
Activities and experience of the partner organisation in the areas relevant for this project:
The EUF has been advocating the introduction of placements abroad within the Erasmus programme from 2005 onwards. Subsequently its introduction to the Lifelong Learning Programme the EUF has launched a pilot phase of study-relevant part-time placements combined with studies abroad. This pilot phase project, funded by the EUF, has been transformed into two Erasmus+ strategic partnerships led by member universities of the network, aiming at instilling entrepreneurial skills among mobile students,
while providing for in-depth mobility experiences combining study and work over a duration of 8-10 months.
The EUF is a firm advocate for quality placements abroad, and has in this regard already implemented and monitored innovative approaches. The network is also a strong supporter for introducing an increased social dimension in the tools available in order to increase social inclusion and equal access to this kind of opportunities.