The EPICS project on mainstreaming virtual mobility has resulted in a Virtual Exchange model that is
agreed upon by 10 Open and traditional universities. Already interest in joining this model has been shown by dozens of other universities looking for new opportunities for international student and staff mobility. The participating universities will in the end of 2010 start with the Virtual Exchange scheme to mainstream virtual mobility for their students. Virtual Exchange will not only enrich the university’s curricula, but certainly offer an international experience for their students directly related to new competencies and skills needed in an international employment market.
Its innovative approach and design that is fully inline with the well established and highly valued Erasmus Programme offers a unique opportunity to extend Physical Erasmus with a Virtual Exchange scheme. This so-called Virtual Erasmus scheme could formalize and support the student mobility schemes to increase the number of students benefiting from academic mobility schemes. Not, of course, by replacing the successful physical mobility model but extending and strengthening it by virtual mobility and using the full potential of ICT in supporting higher education for the years to come.
• UNED (Spain)
• EuroPACE (Belgium)
• Linköping University (Sweden)
• Open Universiteit Nederland (The Netherlands).
• Open University (United Kingdom)
• Estonian Information Technology Foundation (Estonia)
• International Telematic University UNINETTUNO (Italy)
• Universidade Aberta (Portugal)
• Anadolu University (Turkey)
• Fernstudien Schweiz (Schweiz)