MOBI-US project will set up a pilot network among four ESEE universities

MOBI-US is an EIT RawMaterials funded project that is setting up a pilot network among four universities from the East & South-East Europe (ESEE) region running different raw materials-related master programmes. Using structured mobility pathways, students may be specialised in fields less focused on their home programme. The project gives added value to the existing home programmes and strengthens cooperation among ESEE universities. University partners will mentor the whole process from institutions with long experience in structured mobility schemes, as well as by industrial and research partners and experts.

Through online communication and e-meetings, the consortium has been able to carry on with the work, to meet the project’s milestones within the envisaged timeline successfully. The project team is currently working on developing guidelines for mentoring partners and portfolio compilation for universities.

Mentoring partners La Palma Research Centre, Aalto University and TU Wien are preparing a guideline material for the networking universities to help the efficient partner finding and the preparation of documentation background for linked programmes. This document will contain policy and business environment analysis, highlighting the important and relevant possible tracks for mobility networking, as well as management measures necessary to establish structured mobilities, also showing best practice examples. The guideline will give an analysis of the latest developments of the European qualification framework related to the raw materials sector, so the networking institutions can properly develop the joint curricula for the MOBI-US’ student mobilities.

Meanwhile, the networking institutions Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, AGH University of Science and Technology, University of Miskolc and University of Zagreb are currently working on the detailed education portfolio of their raw materials-related Master programmes that will be offered in the MOBI-US network. These portfolios include the structural scheme, curriculum, course descriptions, a legal framework of the programme and learning outcomes, admission and alumni statistics for the last five years and more.

The MOBI-US next steps will be the organisation of the first matchmaking workshop to work out the details of the mobility window options among the institutions, mentored by a panel of experts.