Social Inclusion is a priority in the next Erasmus + programme, but very little hard data is available. It is important to gather more evidence across Europe, and link this evidence to recommendations for universities to increase their outward mobility.
During two years (November 2019-October 2021), the YES Forum will work with the Erasmus Student Network and partner universities for the Social Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility (SIEM) project.
The general objective of this project is to increase the opportunities and chances in life for young students from disadvantaged backgrounds by increasing their participation in the Erasmus+ Mobility programme.
This is achieved upscaling the research on participation in student mobility, student-lead and participatory processes to create a toolkit with guidelines and a workshop manual to increase social engagement between international students and students and young people with fewer opportunities in order to increase the social impact of the Erasmus+ programme.
The project would start with a two research components, one focussing on quantitative data analysis, and the other on Case studies through site visits and focus group interview with students from underrepresented groups.
This will be followed up with recommendations and test phases in the Partner Universities, after which a short term mobility for students from underrepresented groups will be organised to create modules around Mobility, Internationalisation, Intercultural learning and diversity to bring back to the local communities.
Then a wider spread implementation round will take place, involving Partner Universities, local ESN sections and other local youth organisations to work around previously mentioned topics to instigate interaction between local youth of underrepresented groups and international students with mobility experience.
In order to measure the impact of these activities, a Social Impact Measurement tool would be developed in order to draw conclusions and recommendations that can be disseminated with further Higher Education and Youth sectors.