Newsletter- July

Forthcoming Events

IEREST Focus Groups
In September 2013, the Consortium is organizing three online focus groups: • 06/09/2013 – Focus group with 8 teachers of intercultural/multicultural/cross-cultural/global education or communication in higher education • 13/09/2013 – Focus group with 8 officers at higher education institutes who are responsible for Erasmus programs • 20/09/2013 – Focus group with 8 students who have returned from their study abroad in Spring/Summer 2013
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Third IEREST Consortium
meeting in Leuven

On 30th and 31st October 2013 the IEREST team will meet in Leuven for a two-day meeting, hosted by Lut Baten, Roger Janssens, Jan Van Maele, and Basil Vassilicos (University of Leuven).

First IEREST national seminar +
Fourth IEREST Consortium meeting in Koper

On the 27th March 2014 the first IEREST national seminar will take place in Koper, hosted by the University of Primorska. During this one-day event IEREST objectives, methods, and (obtained and foreseen) results will be presented to heterogeneous, but primarily national audiences (local HEIs, teachers, students, national/local stakeholders). On the days after the seminar (28th and 29th March 2014) the IEREST team will remain in Koper for a two-day meeting, hosted by Neva Čebron, Nives Zudič Antonič, and Jasna Zorko (University of Primorska).

Past Events

Alma Mater for the intercultural
On the 19th June, IEREST was presented at Alma Mater for the intercultural: A dialogue among members of three European projects, an internal UNIBO event organized by the International Relations Department at the Palazzina della Viola, via Filippo Re, 4, Bologna.
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IEREST presented
at AEDE Bureau meeting in Strasbourg

On the 18th April, Irina Golubeva, President of AEDE Hungarian section, presented IEREST at AEDE Bureau meeting in Strasbourg and forwarded info material on the project to the national sections to be spread. As AEDE is often invited to consult on educational matters in European bodies and initiatives, it is seen as a key partner for IEREST dissemination activities.
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Second IEREST Consortium
meeting at Chambéry

On the 11th and 12th of April 2013 the IEREST partners met in Chambéry for the first Consortium meeting. Hosted by John Osborne and Monica Paniccia, the consortium discussed on...
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IEREST presented at the
11th IALIC International Conference

On 1st December 2012, Ana Beaven (project coordinator) and Claudia Borghetti (project manager) presented IEREST at the 11th IALIC (International Association for Languages and Intercultural Communication) Conference.
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Newsletter 2 – Special issue on the Questionnaire logo unibo

Work-package 2, the review of the target groups’ needs, is still in full swing. While the project partners busily prepare for the upcoming focus groups in September, the results of the questionnaire are steadily emerging.

Preliminary results of the questionnaire on student needs ara now avaible
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Although the analysis is ongoing, we would like to share in this newsletter some of the preliminary results concerning the needs that mobility students have reported with regard to their abroad experience. In April 2013 the IEREST partners distributed the questionnaire in four languages (English, Italian, French, and Slovenian) to over 10.000 outgoing and incoming students.


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The Typical respondent is a "she"
The typical respondent

The typical respondent is a female (69%) pursuing a degree in the humanities (67%), currently (52%) on a study stay (78%) with Erasmus (79%) for 4 to 6 months’ (49%). Chances are that she is satisfied with her experience both on a personal (81%) and an academic (73%) level.

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Students study abroad in order to become more indipendent
5 top criteria

We asked students to select the five most important and the five least important criteria for considering an abroad experience a success. These are the top five criteria for students while they are studying abroad (with all English and Italian versions of the questionnaire analyzed, n=880)...

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"I guess when you live in antoher country you should try to get to kwon it like home"
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The IEREST questionnaire includes a fair number of open questions, which provide us with a rich collection of student reflections and accounts of experiences. A thematic analysis of these open responses will help us interpret the quantitative findings. Take the question where students are asked if their own experience confirms earlier research that found a reported lack of contact with the local students.

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Let’s meet the leader of workpackage 2: KU Leuven
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KU Leuven is a full university conducting research and teaching in practically all scientific disciplines. With over 40,000 students, of which around 7,000 from other countries, it is the largest university in Belgium. Founded in 1425, KU Leuven is one of the oldest universities in Europe. It is a founding member of the League of European Research Universities and the Coimbra group.
In addition to the degree programmes offered in Dutch, KU Leuven currently organizes over 75 degree programmes in English, two in French, and one in Spanish. From the very start KU Leuven has participated in the Erasmus programme and today it is also involved in eight Erasmus Mundus programmes.

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