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Publication on Evaluation of the Impact of Erasmus Mobility on Students' and Teaching Staff Access to Employment and Career Development

The VALERA project (VALERA = Value of ERASMUS Mobility) aims to establish the impact of mobility within the ERASMUS sub-programme of SOCRATES on the mobile students’ and teachers’ careers. For this purpose, representative surveys were undertaken of formerly mobile ERASMUS students and formerly mobile ERASMUS teachers. In addition, university leaders were asked to assess the role of student and teacher mobility at their institution, and employers were requested to report about the experience with formerly mobile students. Moreover, a broad range of actors and experts stated their perceptions of the impact of ERASMUS mobility in an expert survey and in discussions during general and field specific seminars. Each survey addressed several dimensions of professional value. With respect to student mobility, professional “success” was measured primarily in terms of:

- General and international competences,

- Transition to work,

- First and subsequent employment and work, and

- International aspects of employment and work.

Similarly, the professional impact of teacher mobility was assessed in five domains:

- General academic and teaching competences,

- International and inter-cultural competences,

- ERAMUS-related activities at the home higher education institution,

- Vertical and horizontal professional mobility, and

- International professional mobility.

The aim of the evaluation was to establish the extent of professional value of student and teacher mobility in various respects, to identify circumstances conducive to increase  desirable results, and to assess the overall results with respect of the relevance, effectiveness, impact and durability of the SOCRATES scheme in the area of higher education.

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