DIT hosts inaugural Dublin Erasmus Joint Staff Mobility Week

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Pictured left to right: Michael Stubbs (Assistant City Manager),
Barbara Nolan (Head of Unit, Higher Education: Erasmus, EU Commission),
and Prof. Brian Norton, DIT President at the inaugural
Dublin Erasmus Joint Staff Mobility event in DIT.

The inaugural Dublin Erasmus Joint Staff Mobility Week took place from March 8th to 12th.  The event, which was a DIT initiative, was jointly organised by the Erasmus Officers in DCU, DIT, NUIM and UCD.  The four Dublin-based higher education institutions are members of the DRHEA (Dublin Regional Higher Education Alliance), the aim of which is to promote Dublin as an international centre of excellence in the area of internatinoalization and higher education. Between them, the four Dublin institutions welcomed 36 Erasmus partners to Dublin for a week of presentations, seminars and round-table discussions on the overall theme of ?Destination Dublin: Collaboration for Internationalization?.

The programme saw participants visit a different Dublin HEI each day and the seminar format allowed for in-depth discussion of the themes, which included the future direction of the LLP: Erasmus programme, best practice in the management and promotion of study visits and work placements, university-industry-government collaboration, integration of international students, and streamlining the administrative processes of the Erasmus programme.  The programme organisers were delighted to welcome a number of external guest speakers, including Michael Stubbs (Assistant City Manager), Barbara Nolan (Head of Unit, Higher Education: Erasmus, EU Commission), Gerry O?Sullivan (Head of European Programmes, HEA), Sheila Power (ICOS) and Linda Kelly (USI).

This initiative is the latest highlight in the DIT Erasmus programme, which has seen outgoing student numbers rise from 130 in 2007/08 to 197 in 2009/10.  Other recent DIT initiatives include  the creation of the DIT Buddy Programme, which saw over 80 DIT students volunteer as ?buddies? for the 370 incoming Erasmus students. 

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