Enriching Communities through Engaged Mobilities
Developing connections between civic engagement and internationalisation for an inclusive society

What is ECEM?

Ensuring active citizenship and participation in society is acknowledged as a key element to making mobilities more inclusive and societies more integrated. Nevertheless, students volunteering in the local community during their exchange are still a minority. The Enriching Communities through Engaged Mobilities (ECEM) project strives to design measures to increase students’ participation in civic engagement initiatives by building connections with Higher Education Institutions and Civil Society Organisations.

The ECEM consortium that took up this challenge is a collaborative cross-European partnership between Erasmus Student Network (ESN),
Academic Cooperation Association (ACA), SGroup - Universities in Europe, Institute for Development in Education (IDE), CitizensLab (CLab).

Goals

The objectives of the ECEM project are.

Civic engagement

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Increasing the civic engagement component of mobilities in the field of internationalisation of Higher Education, contributing to making interaction with local communities the norm in mobilities.

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Recognition

Ensuring recognition of learning outcomes for participants that take part in civic engagement initiatives.

Cross-sectoral cooperation

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Improving the collaboration frameworks between Higher Education Institutions and other societal actors to make mobilities contribute to societal change and common European values.

News

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ECEM Staff Training in Porto

From the 15th to the 17th of May 2024, the ECEM Staff Training 2024 took place in Porto,...

June 2024

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ECEM Peer Community of Practice

The Enriching Communities through Engaged Mobilities project launched the Peer Community of Practice to exchange practices,...

June 2024

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The ECEM Survey “Service Learning During Student Mobilities”

The ECEM project consortium launched the survey “Service Learning During Student Mobilities”...

June 2024

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Launch of the ECEM survey “Service Learning During Student Mobilities”

The ECEM project consortium launched the survey “Service Learning...

August 2023

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Learning through Engagement Lab

The ECEM project consortium organises the "Learning through Engagement Lab", which will take place from the 5th to the 7th of October 2023 ...

July 2023

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The ECEM project launch

Although active citizenship and participation in society are acknowledged as key elements to making mobilities more inclusive and...

May 2023

Project timeline

Take a look and learn more about the timeline of the ECEM project. This project started in January 2023 and will be finalized in November 2025.

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    February 2023 - January 2024

    Handbook for Service-learning

    The Handbook for Service-learning will provide an educational framework that gives theoretical and practical instructions to encourage Higher Education Institutions to shift their educational methodologies and include community-engaged learning in their Erasmus+ mobility opportunities.

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    December 2023 - September 2025

    Good Practice Compendium

    As a second step we will engage in mobility promotion activities EU-wide via a selection of the best tested engagement activities ranging from international dinners and flag parades to conferences, sports events, exhibitions and much more.

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    June 2023 - September 2025

    Connecting Community Engagement and Internationalisation: Challenges and Opportunities

    This report will offer an overview of the challenges and opportunities of the “Community Engagement-Internationalisation” pair taking into account the experiences of the volunteering activities organised during mobility and the outcome of a workshop with Civil Society Organisations, Universities and students.

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    March 2024 - October 2024

    Volunteer on Exchange - Activities Toolkit

    The Volunteer on Exchange Activities Toolkit will help local student associations organise and implement community engagement activities.

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    April 2023 - May 2024

    Inclusion and Engagement in Mobility through Volunteering

    Based on desk research on active citizenship, an institutional survey, and a focus group with students, this report will bridge the theoretical concepts related to active citizenship and the need for students’ access and support to contribute to their local community actively.

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    September 2024 - February 2025

    Awareness campaign

    Social Media campaign on access rights on student exchange

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    February 2023 - September 2025

    Policy framework

    Policy Recommendations to foster inclusion and integration on Mobility.

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    October 2025

    Policy Report

    Policy Report on the integration of Service Learning.

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