WEDNESDAY, 13 NOVEMBER, 2019
A delegation from the Ukrainian Catholic University took part in the events within the framework of the International Erasmus+ Week in Ukraine (4-8 November 2019, Kyiv) organized by the National Erasmus+ office – Ukraine together with the Ministry of Education and Sciences of Ukraine with the support of EU Delegation to Ukraine and Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA). The Week included events aimed at building the capacity of the universities and organizations on how to write Erasmus+ project proposals and apply for Erasmus+ Call 2020 as well as for advising the current beneficiaries and winners on how to implement the projects successfully. In addition, events were extremely useful for the individuals interested in scholarships on short-term and long-term mobilities for education, teaching, trainings and traineeships.
On the second day of Erasmus+ Week (5 November 2019) that was dedicated to International Credit Mobility Projects implementation, Dr. Halyna Protsyk, Director of UCU International Academic Relations Office, gave a speech on Mobility Windows as a key element in academic mobility culture rooting. The UCU presentation was intended to share experience on the positive as well as the challenging aspects of implementing mobility windows in order to facilitate and ensure the smooth Erasmus+ mobility outcomes recognition at UCU. The presentation was a part of NEO cluster workshop “Experience on How to Implement ICM projects effectively by Ukrainian and European partners: practical guidelines and tips on ICM implementation, mobility outcomes recognition practices and mobility culture rooting”.
On November 7th, UCU Senior Vice Rector and Erasmus+ HERE team member Dr. Taras Dobko attended the VIII International Bologna Process Conference «European Integration of Ukraine’ Higher Education in the Context of Bologna Process: Student-centered Learning and Teaching, Evaluation as a part of QA in HE». The conference agenda resulted in recommendations prepared and competencies developed for implementation of new approaches to Teaching&Learning, Recognition in frame of the QA system development: Student-centered Teaching and Learning; Evaluation of learning outcomes and recognition of credit mobility outcomes; Design and approval, monitoring and periodic review of study programmes; Professional development of the academic staff.
The Erasmus+ “Youth” trophy became the highlight of UCU’s participation in the International Erasmus+ Week in Ukraine. The National Erasmus+ office – Ukraine honored UCU for its dedication and active engagement in the Youth Capacity-building Project which is aimed at fostering cooperation and exchanges between youth from different regions of the world. Ukraine has been participating in the Capacity Building of Youth Action Window for Eastern Partnership Countries since 2017. In 2019, 56 projects were selected for funding including 12 projects with involvement of Ukrainian partners. The Ukrainian Catholic University and 10 Ukrainian NGOs are among the winners, 4 out of them are project coordinators.
During 2019-2021 UCU and Institute of Leadership and Management together with partners from Armenia, Italy, Romania, Georgia and Spain will be actively involved in the Eastern Partnership Youth Window Project (Erasmus+ KA214) “ProMovEnt” (608595-EPP-1-2019-1-AM-EPPKA2-CBY-EP-PE P). “ProMovEnt” (PME) is aimed to empower youth female participation in social entrepreneurship on an equal footing with male youths by means of a customized and tested approach of Non-Formal Education to empower youth females (age 18-25) potential social entrepreneurs in rural areas as well as youth organizations and operators that work with the target on a regular basis as agents of entrepreneurial education. PME places a priority focus on exploring and adapting the entrepreneurial learning outcomes designed by the European Training Foundation (ETF) “Entrepreneurship Competence Framework” for transnational relevance across the different realities of the partnership (Eastern Partnership Countries and Europe), educational setting (non-formal learning) and target group (potential female youth social entrepreneurs in rural areas).
Participating in Erasmus+ Programme has been always an integral part of UCU strategic planning including Strategy 2020, Strategy 2025 and its Strategy of Internationalization. The University’s future is oriented towards developing international activities and academic cooperation and consequent integration into the European Higher Education Area.
The Ukrainian Catholic University is dedicated to participating in all the three Key Actions and works towards intensifying activities and mobilizing a greater number of the staff and students to take part in related projects:
KA1 – Learning Mobility
KA2 – Cooperation for Innovation and Good Practices
KA3 – Support to policy reforms in Higher Education
UCU is part of the Erasmus+ KA1, Learning mobility of individuals, including HE students, teaching and technical staff. The bilateral mobility programme with European universities aims to encourage the mobility of students, faculty and staff members providing financial support within inter-institutional agreements between institutions from Programme and Partner Countries (Erasmus+ KA107 programme). Erasmus+ is the central mobility grants programme for outgoing and incoming students of our institution.
Since 2015 UCU has signed and implemented more than 35 Interinstitutional Agreements. In 2019, UCU was ranked 4th (behind Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv, Ivan Franko National University of Lviv and Lviv Polytechnic National University) among all Ukrainian Universities applied with the highest number of exchange mobilities received by these projects. All students and employees of the Ukrainian Catholic University could try their chance in applying for the participation in Erasmus + Exchange Programs at the partner Universities in 15 EU Programme countries with the projects as part of Erasmus + International Credit Mobility.
New partners are invited, and the network of contacts is being enriched. Our strategy is to have HEIs from diverse parts of Europe in order to benefit from diverse experiences.
In the context of UCU incoming and outgoing mobility activities, the most important objectives are to prepare UCU students for the global labor market and living in the global world; improve student learning performance; enhance employability and improve student career prospects; increase the sense of student initiative and entrepreneurship; more active student participation and engaged service in society; improve competences, linked to faculty and staff professional profiles; increase capacity to trigger changes in terms of modernization and international opening; explain Ukraine and our pilgrimage to freedom and dignity to European partners; increase opportunities for professional and career development; greater engagement of prominent foreign professors and researchers, and increasing the number of foreign students at UCU.
UCU sees Erasmus+ mobility as a key component in developing quality in education and in linking education with research and innovation. Mobility not only prepares UCU students for future jobs through developing essential 21st century digital, entrepreneurial and basic skills. It also supports learning a comparative perspective on education, culture and the world, which is crucial to ensure inclusion, citizenship and democratic society in Ukraine. Erasmus+ programme provides ample opportunities for improving all aspects of international academic mobility at the University.
The Ukrainian Catholic University is participating in Erasmus+ Key Action 2 projects on a variety of topics as a Partner Institution. We have been successfully contributing to these mult