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#Europe. Home Project
#Europe. Home - Local Hubs What is a Local Hub? Ø The #EH project proposes the creation of a local group in each university of the project, named “Local Hub”, in order to foster an intense cooperation between the university and a group of collaborating private companies. Ø Each Local Hub is composed typically by 3 coordinators: one Local Hub Leader, and one academic coordinator in each Faculty involved in the project (Economics&Business and also Engineering). In addition there is the group of local private companies and the contact persons in the IRO (International Relations Office) and in the Placement Office of the university.
#Europe. Home – Local Hub Activities Main activities of the Local Hubs: Ø Organization of placements in private companies for incoming Erasmus students in the Faculty of Engineering and the Faculty of Economics&Business. Ø Organization of placements also for local students that will work in tandems with the international students (when possible). Ø Organization of several events every year with companies, students and teachers, such as presentation of companies and others. Ø Collection of proposals from the companies for development of specific tasks (typically via final Thesis). Ø Creation of an increasing database of collaborating companies.
#Europe. Home – Local Hub Activities Local Hub activities – some examples in UAH Ø Erasmus meetings in mid November: Information meetings in each Faculty for Erasmus+ outgoing students where the #europehome project was presented to a numerous group of students. Ø Open days in some Companies during the year, inviting students to visit the company and take part in several activities. Ø Presentation of big-size, mid-size and small-size companies in the Faculty of Economics and Faculty of Engineering several times per year.
#Europe. Home – Local Hub Activities
#Europe. Home – Local Hub Activities Local Hub activities – some examples in TUL (Lodz) Ø Meetings with students organized once a month informing about the work placements. The students are also informed about the companies offering real tasks that can be solved in first and second cycle thesis. Ø Academic Job Fair organized jointly with Career Office. 120 exhibitors and 3500 students visiting the fair. All #europehome collaborating companies were present. Ø Party ”Chance of Success”: Meeting with alumni who have achieved success in their work. About 500 students were present, lots of questions from them.
#Europe. Home - Placements in companies Organization of #EH placements in Alcalá: 1. Appointment of the Local Hub Leader and his team of academic coordinators. 2. Creation of the hub of companies that are able to offer internships to international students speaking in English. 3. Information through the IRO to all partner universities about placement possibility in Economics&Business area and Engineering area for incoming Erasmus students, so that they can promote it to their outgoing students. 4. Placements can be done part-time while studying, or full-time after the final exams.
#Europe. Home - Placements in companies Organization of #EH placements in UAH: 5. When the IRO produces the lists of accepted incoming Erasmus+ students in both Faculties, they are communicated to the Local Hub Leader, and this informes to all the students by email about the placement possibilities. 6. The interested students present CV, current grades and motivation letter, and this information is delivered to the companies. 7. Companies decide which students are acceptable and inform the Local Hub Leader. Then this will inform the students immediatelly for them to start the contacts with the companies. 8. The students selected for placement are allowed to adapt and modify their Learning Agreement if necessary.
#Europe. Home - Placements in companies Organization of #EH placements in UAH: 9. When a company accepts an international student, the Local Hub Leader will propose also to receive a second local tandem student, and if accepted, will find one with the help of the Placement Office. 10. For every placement organised, the Local Hub Leader informs the Placement Office of the university, in order to sign the required Internship Agreement with the company. 11. If the company offers a salary to the international student (optional), then the student is informed about the extra official documents that must be obtained and the detailed procedure how to obtain them. 12. The final evaluation and recognition of the internship for the international student can be made by the host university or by the home university, or not made at all if the student does not need it.
#Europe. Home - Placements in companies Another solution of placements in Lodz: Ø TUL (Technical University of Lodz) has several study programmes in Engineering area where a part-time placement is compulsory in the last year of studies, and TUL organizes the internships in teams of 45 students working together in the company. Ø When the profile of the incoming international student is adequate, it is easy to include him/her in one of those teams, this way gaining an excellent experience in team work with international colleagues. Ø In this case the tandem idea of #EH project is converted into a team idea.
#Europe. Home - Placements in companies Another solution of placements in Nice (#empl-oi project): Ø UNICE will try the idea of «switch of students» : One by one, Erasmus and local students will carry out a mission in a specific company for a period of time (about 2 months) and then will go to another company to carry out another mission (for 2 months as well). Ø In this way, several trainees would have worked on the same missions but not at the same time. They will meet and help each other exchanging information about the mission they worked on. Ø From the company side, they still have a student for the mission for a 4 month period in total, and from the student side, it is an added value since he discovers different companies and activities.
#Europe. Home - Results Final results of the Local Hub activities: Ø During 2015/16 a first group of 27 Erasmus students were exchanged between the 5 universities of the project, from which 7 realized their placement in a company (rate: 26%) Ø During 2016/17 a second group of 36 Erasmus students were exchanged between #EH partners, from which 3 realized their placement (, rate: 8%) Ø TOTAL RATE in both years: around 16% of #EH exchanged Erasmus students accepted to join the #EH placement programme.
#Europe. Home - Results Final results of the Local Hub activities (II): Ø Several of these students have done their internships together with a local tandem student or in teams with local students. Ø Currently there are 63 collaborating companies in the partner universities of the project, prepared to receive foreign students. Ø The organization of special events with companies and students promoted from the #EH project has been successful in UAH and TUL.
#Europe. Home – Sustainability Plan How we can maintain the project activities: Ø We have appointed new Local Hub leaders (if necessary) and continue the placement programme, not only with the 5 #europehome partners, but also with the 4 extra partners in #empl-oi project. Ø We intend to continue the placement programme also with all the rest of EUF partner universities that have studies in Business&Economics or Engineering&Computing, as well as with any Erasmus+ partner university. Ø We must maintain our valuable contacts in the IRO and in the Placement Office of the university, so that our placement programme can continue running smoothly.
#Europe. Home – Sustainability Plan How we can maintain the project activities (II): Ø We will maintain the contacts with the #europehome partner companies and offer them yearly collaboration proposals, such as presentations towards the final year students and our academics. Ø We intend to continue our efforts in the collection of proposals from the companies for development of practical tasks by our local students. Ø We can make use of the e-modules developed by the project, in several of our regular courses.
Thank you very much for your attention Antonio Guerrero (antonio. [email protected] es)