There has been further growth in the SEA-EU spectrum since the beginning of October. The participating universities are offering beginner courses of between two and eight weeks in their respective national languages. "This isn't just an offer for students, but also expressly for employees of the partner universities," said Johanna O’Brien. At the beginning of the semester there are virtual taster courses to allow interested parties to gain an understanding of the various languages. The project also offers support with the placement of tandem language partners.
The long-term goal of the university network is to create unbureaucratic and equivalent offers for Europe-wide courses, research work and further education. "SEA-EU plays a leading role in our internationalisation strategy because we expect it to give us a boost in various areas, especially in teaching," explained Professor Nele Matz-Lück, CAU Vice-President for international affairs, young researchers, equality and diversity. She emphasised how forward-looking initiatives such as this one are. "University partnerships in the EU are tremendously important, because what is wanted is nothing less than a transformation of the national universities towards a 'European University' that is as uniform as possible. The EU's objective is to increase the number of universities participating in higher education alliances in the Member States."
In 2017, the EU called for the establishment of transnational partnerships. Two years later, the European Commission's ERASMUS+ programme selected 17 of them, including SEA-EU. "We are now entering the final year of this first round of funding," said Johanna O’Brien. The team is currently working on the concept for the next round of applications, when the decision will be made as to how to proceed with the university alliances from September 2022.
Author: Anna-Kristina Pries
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