Sicily opens its doors to students from the countries of the southern shore of the Mediterranean. These are Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. There are 12 transnational cooperation projects or research projects presented under the “Higher Education” call.
Who the initiative was aimed at
The call for proposals addressed to the tertiary training institutes of the Sicilian Region and promoted by the ministerial agency Indire as part of the agreement signed by the latter with the Sicilian Region.
Universities and Afam can participate: Institutions of high artistic, musical and dance training and ITS, Higher Technical Institutes. € 1 million from the European social fund is at stake to finance the winning projects.
The initiative: objective
The initiative aims to encourage and support the collaboration of Sicilian students and researchers with those of the southern shore of the Mediterranean. It is financed by Axis III “Education and training” of the 2014-2020 programming of the ESF Sicily OP. Objective: to encourage the exchange of good practices, the definition of joint projects, the development of networking between the Institutes and to enhance the promotion of the island’s training offer.
The projects presented had educational or cultural purposes. To enrich human capital and increase employability. But also to raise the quality of teaching and professional skills through the enhancement of the use of new technologies. In addition to increasing the development of linguistic and intercultural skills.
The projects presented
Twelve projects presented by the tertiary training institutes of the Sicilian Region which have made proposals for cooperation with Algeria, Jordan, Morocco and Tunisia. In particular: a project was presented byAcademy of Fine Arts of Palermo, one from the Conservatory of Music of Palermo and one from that of Trapani. Two by ITS (Steve Jobs from Palermo and Emporium del Golfo di Alcamo). Three projects presented by the University of Palermo, two by the University of Catania and as many by the University of Messina. The resources made available to the call, amounting to 1 million euros, will finance the winning projects.
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The statements of the Councilor Lagalla
“Thanks to this announcement, Universities, Conservatories, Academies of Fine Arts and Higher Technical Institutes – underlined Roberto Lagalla, Regional Councilor for Education and Vocational Training – will have the opportunity to build and propose collaborative projects with similar institutions on the southern shore of the Mediterranean. . To foster research activities, didactic collaboration, integration between young people and international comparison. We are very satisfied with this step – concludes Lagalla – which marks an important change of pace. And it contributes to the international dissemination of the training proposal of our higher education system. Furthermore, thanks to this initiative, ITS will have the opportunity for the first time to participate in an international project ”.
The statements of Galli di Indire
“The evaluation phase of the projects has already begun – explained Flaminio Galli, Director General of the Indire Erasmus + National Agency – which had to be remodeled, also providing for their remote implementation, through multimedia and online activities, due to current restrictions. Covid. At the end of the evaluation phase, the agreements will be signed so that the projects can start between May and June and end at the end of 2022 “. Already in the planning phase, the AFAMs and the Sicilian ITS have initiated relations with the Italian Embassies and the Italian Cultural Institutes in the reference countries to identify qualified partnership subjects, strengthening their internationalization process. The integration between the ESF funds and the Erasmus ones has allowed the launch of these actions to improve the Sicilian higher education system, proving in fact a good practice recognized by the European Commission.