On 9 May 2018, garagErasmus took part into the European States General of the Erasmus Generation, organised together with the Italian National Agency Erasmus+ INDIRE, the Italian Ministry of Education, University and Research, Erasmus Student Network Italy and Erasmus Mundus Association in Rome, Italy.
The event was preceded by an online discussion, hosted by WeTipp Platform, where 200 students from all over Europe had the occasion to elaborate proposals on different topics on the future of the Erasmus+ Programme:
1. Enhancement of the quality of Erasmus+ mobility
Group coordinator: Mr. João Pinto, President of ESN International with the support of Mrs. Daphne Scherer, ESN Alumni.
2. Increasing the number of the Erasmus student mobility, pursuing the “Education and Training 2020” (ET 2020) European strategic framework
Group coordinator: Mr. Vittorio Gattari, President of ESN Italy.
3. Internationalization of the Erasmus Programme
Group coordinator: Ms. Francesca Valente, Head of the Erasmus unit at Alma Mater University of Bologna.
4. Physical mobility combined with virtual mobility (distance learning) in the Erasmus Programme
Group coordinator: Mr. Pavan Kumar Sriram, President of EMA Erasmus Mundus Association & Ms. Stephanie Arnold, Erasmus student at Alma Mater University of Bologna.
5. The Erasmus programme impact on employment and entrepreneurship
Group coordinator: Mr. Stefano Campanari, President of Scambieuropei.
6. Communication, dissemination and social impact of the Erasmus Programme
Group coordinator: Ms. Valentina Presa, garagErasmus Foundation.
During the event, participants had the chance to vote for the most innovative proposals; here the results:
- WG 1: Improvement of student support services: accommodation, physical and online peer-to-peer support, additional financial support to those who need it the most (40% votes)
- WG 2: Simplifying Bureaucracy also thanks to fast and efficient online systems (33% votes)
- WG 3: Harmonisation of higher education systems in Programme and Partner countries, further strengthening the Bologna Process (34% votes)
- WG 4: Creating new forms of mobility through distance learning tools: shared university pathways allowing mobile students to follow modules taught at other universities (38% votes)
- WG 5: Creating a stronger match between the traineeships offered by companies and trainees’ demand (stronger development of erasmusintern.org as the unique European portal) (43% votes)
- WG 6: More and better communication on the Programme, reaching out to the civil society and showcasing achievements, successes and the impact of Erasmus+ (41% votes)
All the proposals can be found here.