Employees at the University of Agder who have received the Erasmus+ stipend can now apply for extra travel grant.
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Erasmus+ is the EU’s program for education, youth and sports, and includes, among other, student and employee exchange, which comprise of both the stay abroad and practice in Europe. Now the board at UiA have accepted a new project arrangement enabling employees to travel abroad with a larger budget.
“Many experience that Erasmus+ stipends don’t cover all expenses for travel and stay. We hope that the arrangement will stimulate more stays abroad and networking. We have the capacity to grant 35-40 Erasmus+ stipends each year from UiA, and our goal is to double the number within 2019,” says Dmytro Yakovenko.
He is the assistant director at the division of Research Management at the University of Agder and work with international relations. The new supplementary stipend can be given to employees at UiA, in a scholarly or administrative position, who have been given the Erasmus+ stipend for teaching or training. The extra travel grant will amount to EUR 40-50 daily for up to two weeks.
Both the EU and the Ministry of Education and Research in Norway have emphasised the need for an increased use of the Erasmus+ to stimulate further development of strategic partnership and knowledge alliances. The EU recommend that institutions prioritise first-time applicants, together with young teachers to give them an opportunity to learn more about teaching methods and pedagogy in other European countries. In line with the EU’s strategy, UiA will prioritise applicants who are young teachers, together with employees wanting a language course abroad.
“But we encourage everyone to apply,” Yakovenko emphasises.
The first announcement will be out in August/September.
Strategy priority in practice
The new arrangement is included as a part of UiA’s strategy priority, more specifically the priority area Global Mindset which emphasises global problems in education and research.
“International work is a prioritised area for UiA, and the supplementary stipend, together with the new travel grand arrangement to Ph.D. students (LINK), make up two concrete initiatives in the Global Mindset commitment,” says Dmytro Yakovenko.
International teaching experience can mean a lot for the future career of scholarly employees.
“In addition, it is useful to gain insight in teaching institutions in other countries. Exchange provides additional knowledge at an individual level, but it is also benefits UiA,” says Yakovenko.
In Erasmus+, all programme activities are organized under three main initiatives: Mobility, Cooperation, Policy.
Source: Norwegian Centre for International Cooperation in Education