International Projects. Erasmus+ Key Action 2
The International Relation Office (IRO) together with the Projects Office participates in European Union (EU) Projects under the Erasmus+ Program Action 2, which contributes to the development of Kozminski University, strengthening its potential, and building its position on the international market.
The University implements Erasmus+ Projects Action 2 in the form of partnerships, bringing together institutions from the EU and institutions from outside the EU. The University also implements a mobility program for academic, administrative staff and students with many partners from around the world - Action 1. The basis for these activities is financial support under the Erasmus + Program, the Higher Education sector.
The aim of these projects is development, knowledge transfer, implementation of innovative practices, implementation of joint initiatives promoting cooperation, peer-learning and exchange of experiences.
The effect of this type of projects is, first of all, the modernization of educational offers of universities, better adaptation to the needs of society and the economy, improvement of the quality of education. The obtained project results are accessible, have a strong interdisciplinary dimension and, importantly, can be reused.
Various types of organizations (universities, organizations, NGOs, enterprises, etc.) from program countries (EU countries) as well as partner countries (countries outside the EU) can participate in the projects.
This Key Action is expected to result in the development, transfer and/or implementation of innovative practices at organizational, local, regional, national or European levels.
Partnership projects in the scope described above may last from 1 to 3 years.
IRO deals with the comprehensive implementation of Action 2 projects in cooperation with other University units, Academic staff. It supports in coordination, reporting and monitoring. IRO oversees the entire life cycle of the project.
Poland, The Netherlands, Croatia, Denmark, Austria - What joins these countries?
The students of Kozminski University were asked this question in December 2014. Amid witty answers appeared: "a..", very meaningful "I don't know" and European Union. This is the well-known fact that European Union joins 28 countries, but the mentioned countries are also connected by the special project called "Market Basket 2.0", realized within the framework of Erasmus + programme by five Higher Education Institutions: Kozminski University, Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, Business Academy Aarhus, University of Zagreb, University of Applied Sciences BFI Vienna and Technology Park in Varazdin. The main objective of this project is to enable students and lecturers to work in international, virtual teams. Thanks to the project students who could not take advantage of Erasmus exchange programme will now have an opportunity to develop skills on intercultural communication and teamwork, and also digital and research skills, etc. Lecturers on the other hand will benefit from this project by sharing experience and knowledge, preparing materials for students together with lecturers from other European Countries. I invite all interested parties to visit the official project website www.beezr.eu where more information about the project can be found.
- Marta Wojtyra
- Teaching assistant in Department of Entrepreneurship
The five Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) in this project, namely: Hogeschool van Amsterdam, Akademia Leona Koźmińskiego, Sveuciliste u Zagrebu, Fakultet Organizacije i Informatike, Fachhochschule des BFI Wien Gesellschaft M.B.H, Erhvervsakademi Aarhus, Technoloski Park Varazdin Doo Za Inkubaciju Inovativnih Technologijskihpoduceza, have large part-time students population. These part-time students, and many full-time students as well, have no or limited opportunity to travel for their study programme or to apply for an Erasmus exchange programme. They still need to develop skills like intercultural communication, digital competences, teamwork and research skills in an international setting to enhance their employability in todays globalised working environment. Professionals who can work effectively in international, virtual, multi-disciplinary teams are increasingly demanded by employers.
The first phase of the project will be the development of an implementation pack with training materials and necessary resources and an Online Platform (www.beezr.eu) as an Open Educational Resource. The second phase will be the testing, evaluation and adjusting of the implementation pack and platform through concrete pilots. During the testing phase the MAB 2.0 will be open to students from various Bachelor programmes of the participating HEIs, e.g. Marketing, Project Management, IT, Multi-media , Communication Management and many other programmes. Partners outside the consortium can join the pilots which will stimulate further dissemination.
Other dissemination activities during the project will be training sessions for teaching staff, multiplier events for non participants, presentations at international conferences and publications in educational magazines.
The final result of the MAB 2.0 project will be a well-documented and tested educational model whereby students collaborate in virtual, international, multi-disciplinary teams on research projects commissioned by actual SMEs.
Responsible for comprehensive coordination as well as financial and administrative management of partner projects, implemented as part of Erasmus+ Programme, mainly KA2 Action. He also supports project participants, makes arrangements with both current and potential foreign partners who are willing to implement innovative practices and carry out common initiatives to promote cooperation, peer learning and exchange of experience at the European level. The Project Manager provides advice and guidance on formal issues related to the establishment of new multilateral projects. Supports the initiation of projects and contacts with international institutions in the field of higher education.
Director of International Relations Office
Responsible for the IRO activities, initiation and cooperation with international institutions, international projects run at IRO (International School, International Staff Week, Erasmus+ Actions). She is a first contact for the visiting professor program.