EMERGE (Erasmus Mundus European Mobility with Neighbouring ReGion in the East: Ukraine, Moldova, Belarus) is an Erasmus Mundus mobility program, co-financed by the European Commission in the framework of the Erasmus Mundus programme, Action 2 – Partnerships with Third Country higher education institutions and scholarships for mobility. EMERGE is designed to help students (Bachelor, Master and Doctoral level), post-doctoral fellows and academic staff to gain valuable experience, knowledge and contacts within the EMERGE network. All the 17 partner universities provide valuable education and training opportunities not only for applicants inside the EMERGE project (Target Group 1), but also for nationals of Lot 8 countries either registered in a higher education institution which is not an EMERGE partner (Target Group 2) or being in a particularly vulnerable situation, for social and political reasons (Target Group 3).
All the activities of the project will be designed, implemented and monitored in a quality assurance based manner.
Specific quality assurance elements will be implemented by the project: documents (student mobility agreement, learning agreement, report forms, feed back questionnaires to be filled in by each mobile student and staff, mobility reports), specific evaluation indicators (number of mobilities, average number mobility ECTS credits obtained / recognised, number of candidates per institution / country / field of study / cycle for the selection process, etc.). The monitoring process will be carried out by the Management Team through reports provided every three months by the Executive Committee and semestrial reports from each partner university.
The visibility strategy will have two main directions:
- • visibility of the project
- • visibility of each partner involved in the project
Dissemination means will include the project website, brochures, leaflets, media reports.
Sustainability of the project will be supported by the high-level human resources provided by each partner, by the impact of each Lot 8 partner in the corresponding country and by the involvement of the associate partners.
Regarding academic cooperation with Lot 8 countries, a particular concern could be the possibility of brain drain effects; this project will take steps to avoid such side effects. Each visiting student will be temporarily registered and, on an LLP-Erasmus-like basis, will have to return to her/his home institution in order to graduate (academic recognition included) and obtain the respective diploma.
Besides the project’s own content, future joint educational and research projects will be taken into consideration during this project’s lifetime, in order to contribute to achieving an excellence level in each Lot 8 participating institution, so that academic staff and graduates from those institutions will find it professionally rewarding to continue their activity locally.
The project and all participating institutions are committed to highest standards in providing equal opportunities and avoid any discrimination, be it gender, disability, religion, ethnic, or social. In order to achieve that, the only selection criteria for all mobilities will be those reflecting the academic merit of the candidate. Each participating institution provides access for disabled persons and support for persons with visual or auditive impairments.
The level of financial support through individual grants will avoid discrimination related to the financial status of (the family of) the student. The associate partners (Ministries of Education from Lot 8 countries) will be asked to solve any potential problem related to equal opportunities.