VMCOLAB

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The project aims to contribute to innovation and internationalisation of European HEIs by exploiting the full potential of ICT and Virtual Mobility (VM) and broadening the access to international learning experience to all European students.
Project title: VMCOLAB – European Co-Laboratory for the Integration of Virtual Mobility in Higher Education Innovation and  Modernisation Strategies
Project No. 527770-LLP-1-2012-1-BE-ERASMUS-ESMO
Project web page:  http://vmcolab.eu
Project coordinator: Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (http://www.kuleuven.be)
Contact person at VDU: A.Volungevičienė, airina.volungeviciene@vdu.lt
Project run: 28 months (01/10/2012 ­ – 31/01/2015)
Project partners:
  • SCIENTER Ricerca e Innovazione per la Formazione (Italy)
  • University of Granada (Spain)
  • United Nations University (Germany)
  • Università degli Studi di Padova (Italy)
  • Universidade do Porto (Portugal)
  • Vytautas Magnus University (Lithuania)
  • Coimbra Group (Belgium)
  • European Federation for Quality in E-Learning (Belgium)
  • University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania)
Its objectives are to:
  • Develop a Quality Assurance approach for VM
  • Develop institutional awareness of VM potential
  • Develop students’ awareness on opportunities and concerns offered by ICT to develop intercultural study
  • Develop mutual support service for HEIs willing to pilot VM programmes
  • Test a set of mutual support services for HEIs
  • Integrate VM in institutional academic contexts
  • Enlarge the initial partnership to involve a significant number of HEIs and relevant HE associations/networks
The project organises and supports the convergence of the existing body of knowledge and expertise on VM towards a common initiative to help HEIs to identify and utilise the full potential of VM: the VM co-laboratory intends to support inter-cultural development of European curriculum components and to generalise the practice of cooperation, based on mutual trust and specialisation, aimed at excellence in European HE and, at the same time, broader equity and accessibility of study programmes worldwide.
The VMCOLAB project is primarily directed to HEI staff in charge of curriculum development, international relations and use of ICT to support teaching and learning; however the main final beneficiaries of the project are students, particularly those who could not access international study experiences.