I’ll be blogging this week (23-27 April) from Masaryk University in Brno, Czech Republic where I’ll be attending an Erasmus International Office and Library Training week.
For those who do not know about Erasmus, it is the European Union’s educational exchange programme for higher education students and staff. Programmes vary enormously from days to years, yet all encourage student and staff mobility for work and study and for trans-national co-operation projects. The scheme currently involves nine out of every ten European higher education establishments promoting cooperation among 32 countries. For more about what Erasmus can offer, go to http://www.britishcouncil.org/erasmus-about-erasmus.htm or check out the IOE pages at http://www.ioe.ac.uk/study/masters/104.html.
If you are naturally nosy like me, an Erasmus visit can metaphorically open doors to better understanding, new networks and new practices in education. My week this year will be spent with many other delegates from EU countries which should give me a glimpse of not just Czech university education, but of education in a variety of EU countries.
Last year, I spent a concentrated Erasmus week in Helsinki, Finland, where I satisfied my nosiness and a door-fetish — both of which are displayed in a mini-movie summary which can be found at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SPcWIyT5Qcw.