About the project.
The EMEU project – Engineering Mobility in Europe – is a 2 year project run by the EMEU network. Horizon College is the lead of the project. The network was established prior to the project and the network will continue after. The EMEU project is a highly appreciated opportunity to develop and consolidate our aim and objectives. The advantage of a 2 year project is that we have the available funds to get a lot of experience in a short space of time.
The main aim of the project is to create a minimum of 40 modules of 2 to 3 weeks in which both theory and practice is offered to a mixed group of both national and EMEU students.
Besides following a programme at the partner college, the students will visit local and regional companies to experience the theory applied in practical situations. Local and/or regional industry also contributes to the project by helping to develop the contents of the modules and by offering work experience opportunities to the transnational students during and/or after completion of the modules.
Please see a presentation of the project here.
The submenus in this are mainly a platform for the partners to share information and results. You are more than welcome to look at them.
The EMEU Network meets frequently to discuss and develop mobility opportunities for students. You will find the agenda, presentations and minutes from the meetings here.
The European Credit System for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a technical framework for the transfer, recognition and accumulation of individual learning outcomes with a view to achieving a qualification.
ECVET aims to support the mobility of European citizens, facilitating lifelong learning (formal, informal and non-formal learning) and providing greater transparency in terms of individual learning experiences and making it more attractive to participate in mobility or to move between different countries and different learning environments.
An essential element of the use of ECVET during formal education is the principle of ‘avoiding duplication’ and ensuring that the time spent abroad is not considered a delay to achieving current training goals or qualifications.
Although ECVET can be used in a much wider context, the EMEU network is going to create a manual intended to support its members in applying some of the elements of the ECVET approach to the EMEU modules. Therefore, the sole focus of this manual will be on the implementation of ECVET when used in the context of mobility during formal education. This manual should facilitate cooperation of EMEU partner institutions organising transnational mobility actions. These guidelines are based, on the one hand, on the terms defined in the ECVET recommendation and the joint European principles which have been described as "technical specifications" as well as on practical experiences gained during the EMEU pilot mobilities.
The conclusion from many ECVET pilot projects is that ECVET is experienced too much as a policy instrument, and too theoretical in spite of its practical purpose. Stakeholders in VET have difficulties in understanding ECVET and, as they may not receive adequate support from their national authorities responsible for ECVET, show reluctance to implementing it. Therefore, the advice for the EMEU network is to connect the development of the quality of the already existing mobility processes and the use of the ECVET instruments when and where relevant. For those partners inexperienced in transnational mobility, the use of the ECVET tools can be seen as a shortcut to creating a high-quality mobility process.
The EMEU ECVET manual is developed in three stages: focus on learning outcomes, focus on assessment and focus on recognition and validation. It is collected into one complete manual which supports the the implementation of ECVET. The manual also includes examples of assessment.
The European Knowledge Center has created a film explaining the concept of ECVET.
At the kick off meeting of EMEU4ALL ECVET as it is implemented in the EMEU network was presented.
Joining the EMEU(4ALL) network.
The EMEU(4ALL) network is gaining much interest from colleges across Europe. The steering group of the EMEU project has described specific criteria for new partners in a Roadmap . New partners can be VET teams from existing partners or new partners.