Facts like these show the benefit of focusing on a few countries; and importantly, it helps us to better understand our audience. For a summary of EUR-wide enrolment findings, contact us. In the coming months, we’ll hold interviews with students and alumni from our four target countries. Know someone we should talk to? Let us know.
If you’re travelling abroad for work, help us by introducing the EUR to the people you meet. Ask us for a ‘ready-to-go’ PowerPoint and speaking notes to help. Finding new partners and refreshing our existing relations is especially important if you’re visiting our target countries: England, Spain, Mexico, and India. For example, a delegation from Spain is visiting the EU on April 18.
We were extremely successful in gaining funding for education development projects in the 2016 round of calls for Erasmus+, the EU funded programme for innovation in learning. We’ve been working on many exciting new projects which we’ve submitted for the new round of funding, with its deadline in March 2017. For those of you who are interested in developing innovative education in an international context, please send an email to Mijke.email@example.com and we’ll drop by to discuss opportunities for developing your project in time for next year’s call!
In addition, as part of the international master portfolio project ‘kick off’, we’re visiting all our faculties and institutes to find lecturers who have great ideas for international education. This could be an international research training or thesis programme, a new Master track offered by two or more partners, or even a completely new Master. If you have any ideas about improving your current education programme, if you’ve found an educational niche market, or if you simply would like to establish a partnership with that one excellent university in your field, then drop us a mail at Gwen.firstname.lastname@example.org or Mijke.email@example.com. We’d love to discuss all your great ideas for international education and find ways of helping you achieve your dreams.
The answer of course is YES! In the upcoming year, we will organise a number of programmes and pilot projects to help international students optimise career orientation during their studies here at EUR. Examples are the Career Skills Week that took place in March 2017 and the MyFuture International programme for international Master students at ESL.
We are currently in the process of identifying a number of additional faculty-based pilot projects. We are specifically interested in projects that focus on students in the first year of their programme. If you have an idea for an activity, event or training course that would help internationals in BA1 or BA2 to prepare more effectively for their futures, and you would like to discuss opportunities for implementing it, then please contact Judith Hoogmoed for more information.
In December 2016, the Boosting Exchange policy advice was presented to the university’s Education Directors; it was well-received. It’s important that all our programmes have at least 15% of bachelor graduates on exchange programmes. While many of our programmes are well on their way to achieving this target, others still quite some work to do!
The new policy was used to create a checklist for each faculty and programme, to identify the most relevant actions to be taken. Each faculty will be visited in the next month to discuss these actions. If you have any suggestions on what your programme could do to get more students to go on exchange, or if your programme has a best practice that you’d like to share, then please do!
The Rotterdam Summer School is looking for lecturers who would like to give a summer course in 2017 or 2018. The staff @ RSS will be pleased to help you get your course on the RSS website. Please contact Ad Hofstede, 82090 or firstname.lastname@example.org
The ILOs have long been an item on the agenda. To take your programme to the next level, we have formulated a short and easy to implement list of concrete ILOs in the field of skills and attitude. We have also made some suggestions for ILOs with regards to content, but this is something that is more directly related to the programmes themselves. The ILO-overview has been shared with the Education Directors, so check with them to see what you can do! We look forward to seeing many more ILOs added to course programmes as part of preparations for the next accreditation round.
Now that we’ve run an extremely successful first training programme ‘teaching in the international classroom’ we’re preparing the next round, planned for autumn 2017. We weren’t able to directly repeat the course this spring as our trainer is enjoying her maternity leave, but we’ll get going again as soon as she’s back! In the meantime, we’ve met with the EUR Diversity Team chaired by Hanneke Takkenberg to find out if we can partner with them on this training course.
Once again, we’re looking for participants from all the EUR schools. If you’re interested in joining this training course on teaching in an international classroom, then let us know!
In order to improve support to both the international students and the faculties, the central international office has optimised the online information for (prospective) international students. There is A LOT of information the EUR has to offer, spread over many web pages and departments, and there are still some duplicates and errors. There will always be faculty-specific information that students will be directed to, however the provision and management of common information by the central information office will save faculties a great deal of time.
Working together with the faculties, we started off by updating the information on subjects that matter most to the international students: finance, immigration, housing, career, and working while studying. We went live with the updated finance pages last month; the rest will follow shortly. We’ve redesigned the webpages so that there’s greater focus on achieving a single task per page. The content is now organised in such a way that it supports the accomplishment of this task AND makes sure the student keeps moving through the flow by making the relevant next steps easy to access.
The Erasmus University has an emergency phone number (24/7) for EUR students who are abroad, and for international students (and their parents) studying at the EUR: 0031640847882
Founded by two students in 2015, Erasmus Language Sharing (ELS) is a multicultural platform where students can exchange, learn and share different languages and cultures with each other. ELS is part of the Language & Training Centre and works closely with Erasmus University and the associations EUCSA and ESN. At ELS, EUR students are given the opportunity to share their native language skills and cultural knowledge with other students. Each class has a maximum of 15 students, helping to make sessions both informal and interactive. For one trimester (ten weeks, two hours per week), participating students pay a small fee of 45 euro.
This ‘for students by students’ approach has proven successful! Ever since its launch, ELS has continued to grow. For the upcoming trimester, you can join classes in 11 different languages at 3 different ‘bases’ (levels). In the current trimester, we set an all-time record of more than 320 students actively taking part! The third and last trimester of the 2016/2017 academic year starts in April, but the Board (Florine Groenen, Lisa Schulze Egberding and Marloes Blankert), is already looking ahead to the new academic year. What’s the big plan for next year? To continue facilitating informal, affordable and interactive sharing of language and culture among EUR students, hopefully with an even broader choice of languages, and even more students involved!