Forecasted impact

The project will improve student experience in international EM programmes, through improved services. This will be achieved through supporting the development EM students’ intercultural competence, focusing beyond intellectualand academic development to ensure their holistic development. The intercultural development initiated through the EMIC Learning Programme would have life-long and life-wide effects on EMMC alumni, who will view EU HE Institutions as foci of personal growth and enrichment.

Secondly, the project outcomes and the EMIC Toolkit will be disseminated and available as Open Educational Resources (OER) to all other EMMCs. Allowing open access to the Toolkit will enable EMMC coordinators to implement and organise activities that support the development of intercultural competence in their own contexts. Benefits of intercultural competence in mobility programmes are detailed in Section 1a. Providing support in developing intercultural competence in the EM programme will enhance the quality and attractiveness of joint degrees.

Thirdly, the training proposed will be applicable to other EMMCs and, by extension, to any European Higher Education programme that has culturally heterogeneous cohorts (and teaching/non-academic staff). The potential use of the EMIC Toolkit for other Erasmus for All actions that are based on mobility and learning will enhance the appeal of European level education programmes for students worldwide. The flexibility and open access that the EMIC Toolkit provides will allow for a wider use of the Toolkit across other learning and mobility actions. Releasing the EMIC Toolkit as OER will ensure the learning resources are freely available across the EU adult learning domain.

Within the EM programme, the benefits of intercultural competence for students can be seen from four perspectives:

  1. Improving the student experience by developing learners’ intercultural competences so they can learn and work more effectively with peers in their country of residence and beyond.
  2.  Enhancing the academic success of EM students during their EMMCs.
  3. ¬†Developing learners’ intercultural competencies to enable them to work across national and sectorial boundaries.
  4.  Allowing the host HEI to have cohorts of students that are flexible and able to cope with diverse backgrounds, through lowering the student cultural integration curve.

Higher Education Institutions running EMMCs will:

  • be offered the EMIC Toolkit to improve intercultural competences within their student cohorts; and,
  • gain reputational benefits by incorporating intercultural training into their EMMCs. This is evidenced through the background project needs analysis, which identified that EMMC alumni consider support for intercultural competence as important and desirable.

Academics and non-academic staff working on EMMCs will:

  • benefit from cohorts that are flexible and able to cope with diverse cultural backgrounds of other colleagues. Consequently, intercultural misunderstandings between (1) students and academics and (2) students and non- academic staff are likely to decrease.

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