In the last of three posts, Elva Duggan from our Programme Support and Development Team offers advice for organisations writing an Erasmus Plan. This is based on guidance in “Go International: a practical guide on strategic internationalisation in Vocational Education and Training.”
To help organisations develop and write an Erasmus Plan, we previously brought your attention to the guide “Go International”. This guide was developed by the Finnish Erasmus+ National Agency and supported by a team of representatives from the Danish, Dutch, Hungarian and German Erasmus+ National Agencies in VET.
The first post outlined a simplified model of strategic planning as developed by the authors:
The second post looked at using this model to help map your 'strategy journey'.
This post looks at some questions and guidance developed by the authors to address each area.
Take into account that the international dimension in the vision can mean, for example:
The authors advocate taking into account what values mean when, for example:
To develop strategically-focused goals the authors advise asking the question “why”. For example:
|What is our goal?||To internationalise our institution.|
|Why do we want this?||Because the businesses in our area need a workforce with skills to work internationally.|
|Strategically-focused goal:||To provide every student with international skills, either through mobility or the regular curricula, so that we can cater to the skills needs in our area.|
The authors advise that there are no right or wrong answers, but that they must be based on the real situation, mission and vision of each VET provider. Also, every goal should be linked to an expected output, outcome or impact that is traced with a quantitative or qualitative indicator.
They propose considering:
They also state that organisations should take into account:
Typical action points may include:
Léargas would like to thank the Finnish National Agency for Education, for leading the development and co-ordination of this document.