Funding institution: Erasmus+ (European Union)

SUDTE: Supporting Universities in the Digital Transformation in Erasmus+

Supporting the connection of HEIs is one of the KA2 call priorities under the ESCI, further to the European Commission announcement in March 2019 that from 2021 HEIs participating in the Erasmus programme will have to gradually adhere to the EWP standards. Another mention of digitalisation is also placed in the new Erasmus Charter for HE for which the call has been published in February, 2020. As a consequence, the next Erasmus Programme framework is foreseen to be digital in nature taking into account a gradual shift towards fully digital mobility management.

The main objective of the SUDTE project is to facilitate this change of paradigm by ensuring extensive support in achieving a smooth and well-coordinated digital transformation process. The project seeks respond the challenges of digital transformation that HEIs, students and National Agencies will face in the next Erasmus+ programme.

The EU Commission as the regulatory body needs to provide stability and future certainty for the overarching initiative to be harmonious and streamlined. The digital platforms provided to the HEIs must be able to serve to the needs of more than 5000 universities taking part in the Erasmus+ Programme. To do so, they need to be implemented and tested by HEIs of different structures as early as possible. A systematic set of supporting initiative will be offered by the SUDTE project which is expected to play an important role in contributing the roadmap of the ESCI with the following goals:

  • Determination of the needs of HEIs and NAs in the integration process through a systematic mapping
  • Assessing and comparing the available digital tools to address the challenging infrastructural transformation
  • Assisting HEIs in design and execute their implementation strategies based on evidence-based decision-making and policy formulation
  • Measuring efficiency gains and impact assessment regarding workload reduction
  • Equipping students and staff with the knowledge and skills with a view to ensures readiness for next Erasmus programme
  • Developing software modules to expand available IT services
2 years (2020-2022)
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