Joint curricula and integrated mobility

The Joint Master’s Programme in Comparative Social Policy and Welfare

The purpose of this programme is to enhance students’ career prospects as highly qualified experts in national, European or international organizations. The students will be able to continue their studies in PhD level.

The programme offers basic academic training in the field of welfare management/ social policy development. Students have an opportunity to increase competence and understanding of methodological issues and sociological research methods.

The curriculum for the Master’s Programme “Comparative Social Policy and Welfare” has been designed jointly by three partner-universities: Mykolas Romeris University (Lithuania), University of Tampere (Finland) and the Johannes Kepler Universität Linz (Austria).

Teaching and learning methods are intensive programmes (2 weeks IP’s) in all partner universities alternately and distance learning (the online learning environment “Moodle”).

Students complete their studies with a Joint Master degree.

  • joint master programme

  • online supported by face to face intensive programmes

The Efese project

Capitalizing on the experience with the Master in Social Security (KU Leuven) a broader European project has been implemented. The rationale behind the EFESE project is that Social Security in Europe is more important than ever. Its relevance was clear during the recent economic crisis in Europe where social protection systems helped to limit the effects of the crisis, especially for the hardest-hit. Social security itself is above all a truly European field of expertise, traditionally labeled as the European social model and therefore this more innovative exchange of education on this topic is timely and necessary. 

The objectives of the project are: 

Developing a joint course format for virtual exchange

The coordination of social security system is a founding pillar of the EU internal market while the European social model is closely linked to European integration. Despite its importance, social security remains a highly national and discipline-specific area (law, economics and social policy) whose study is therefore fragmented. This project created a format that the partners use to virtually exchange their courses. This represents a new approach to education and opens many new possibilities for students currently not benefiting from exchange. The format consists of a set of technical standards which allows the integration of courses in the existing learning platforms at the different participating organizations (e.g. Blackboard or Moodle) and pedagogic/didactic standards that ensure a student-centered approach for virtual learning. In seven blended courses on European Social Security were developed.

Creation of joint curriculum

The idea is to join forces between top European universities who provide education in the field of social security and to synthesize fragmented approaches, paving the way for a common European curriculum. To attain the objective of a truly European comprehensive curriculum on social security, both teachers and students will be virtually mobile. The project carries out a feasibility study on a fully recognized and accredited Master in European social security by the partners. The selection of the courses covers in a complementary manner the various disciplines and expertise within social security. The project also brings innovation in teaching across the partner institutions as the format will have a strong pedagogic and didactic component. Moreover, the virtual exchange is combined with two residential learning moments. The “Young Researcher School” (summer school) brings together interested participants around their own research proposals and research methodology, thereby also exploring the potential of “blended” education (i.e. the link between on-line and residential learning).

Partners are: KU Leuven, Universiteit Kopenhagen, Universiteit Ljubljana en CECL Athene and furthermore Masaryck University Brno, Mykolas Romeris University Vilnius, Wirtschaftsuniversität Wien, Université de Luxembourg, University of the Peloponnese, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen, University of Zagreb, University of Gothenburg, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Observatoire Social Européen en the European Institute of Social Security.

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Joint European Master’s programme in Chamber Music (ECMA)

This project aims at educating a new generation of chamber musicians within an innovative international learning environment based on a student-centred and research-led curriculum, which includes direct feedback from professional

This is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership European Chamber Music Academy (ECMA, a network of European music universities, conservatoires and festivals in the field of chamber music). ECMA is dedicated to promoting young aspiring chamber music ensembles of the highest

Higher music education institutions have been slow in adapting their curricula to new pedagogies and technologies. The project sees chamber music as a tool to modernise higher education in classical music through blended mobility, g.:

  • Innovative teaching and learning methodologies and new approaches to assessment for both online and classroom teaching and learning in terms of curriculum, mobility and recognition.

  • Two intensive study programmes a year where students and teachers meet around specific themes.

  • A joint European Master’s programme in chamber music. The expertise available in the partner institutions is pooled into a programme of the highest educational and artistic quality, and provide future sustainability to its activities through the recognition by national and European quality assurance frameworks and a more structured future use of ERASMUS+ funding for joint Master’s programmes.

  • Through this cross-border cooperation, ECMA can ensure that various national musical and pedagogical traditions can positively influence each other in their development.

These activities will lead to improved curricula in the partner institutions that are informed by the latest teaching and learning approaches and the expertise from professional partners and are therefore better tailored to the current reality of the music profession. Teaching staff will be updated or re-trained with information on innovative teaching and learning methods, leading to higher quality teaching.

The primary partner is The Norwegian Academy of Music. The consortium consists of a total of eight partners throughout Europe. 

  • blended and online joint master and virtual mobility

  • long term mobility

  • asynchronous and synchronous learning

  •  master level

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