Geplaatst: 2 May 2022

LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2022




Geplaatst: 29 April 2022

Ghent November 26th, 2018

Background

For nearly 20 years LEO-NET is active in the field of traineeship mobility and traineeship consortia. This as an international network connecting experts from mobility consortia, International Relation offices, career centers, student counselling services.

All sharing the collective ambition to boost students and young graduates for sustainable careers in a globalizing, inclusive society where each talent counts.

Right from the start of LEO-NET (1999) consortia have been embraced and valued for their specific role in enhancing European traineeship mobility.

Currently the European Commission is working on the design of the successor of the present ERASMUS+ Programme. Therefore many of our Consortia members are convinced that extra attention for the role of Consortia is at stake (cf. chapter 1 in the position paper drawn up by LEO-NET in October 2017).

 

Practical information

The Programme will start at 09.30 (registration and coffee at 09.00) and closes at 17.00

  • Venue: Universiteit Antwerpen – Stadscampus | City campus Building C – room 2.03 Entrance via: Prinsstraat 13 2000 Antwerpen – Belgium
  • Leo-Net secretariat info@leo-net.org +31402474336 / +31639271950

Programme (09.00 – 17.00)

09.00 – Coffee and registration

09.30 – 09.45: Opening seminar

09.45 – 10.15:  ERASMUS+

  • Status Quo ERASMUS+ with a special focus on Consortia

Mr. Johannes Gehringer, representative of the European Commission, BE

10.15 – 11.00: Consortia

  • Workshop (part 1) present and future position of Consortia under ERASMUS+

Mr. Thomas Berger, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany

11.00 – Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30: Consortia  

  • Workshop (part 2) present and future position of Consortia under ERASMUS+

Mr. Thomas Berger, Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Germany

12.30 – Lunch

13.30 – 14.30: Quality of Traineeships  

  • European Label for quality traineeships, the implementation of the ‘Capqi project’
    Interns go pro – BE

14.30 – 15.15: Host Organisation

  • The needs of the receiving company
    Jacques SPELKENS, Head of CSR Benelux, Belgium

15.15 – Coffee break

15.45 – 16.45:  Cooperation

  • Possibilities for a community of Consortia for close cooperation
    Karol Ovesný, WorkSpace Europe, Slovakia

16.45 – 17.00: Wrap up and Closure of the Consortia Day




Geplaatst: 23 September 2020

Webinar important contribution from the SPRINT-project

LEO-NET is happy to invite you to join the webinar about the important contribution from the SPRINT-project to quality internships.

SPRINT is the acronym for STANDARDIZE BEST PRACTICES ABOUT INTERNSHIPS. A 3 year European strategic partnership with HEIs, employers, students unions and other stakeholders on board.

The aim was to build common European criteria and common tools for quality internships. The existing rules, the brakes and barriers to quality internships as well as the best practices were the first bases of the work of Sprint. Hard work, synergies and consultation rounds, all with the support of the French standardization agency (AFNOR) representing the European standardization committee, resulted in eight important criteria for quality internships: recruitment, written agreement, remuneration, skills development, tutoring, career development and employment, work environment and working conditions, and social protection and insurance.
Moreover SPRINT developed tools to implement these criteria for HEI’s as well as for organizations hosting interns: guides and a self-assessment website. Staff trainings will be offered too.

Right from its initial start, LEO-NET has always been concerned about quality internships, so we are indeed very happy to cooperate in the dissemination of the outputs of the SPRINT-project.

The webinar starts at 11 o’clock. After the introduction and presentation (45’), we include time for Q&A and a lively discussion (until 12.15 max).

LEO-NET membership is institutional. You are kindly invited to spread this invitation within your own institution. You and your colleagues are welcome join the webinar after individual registration

The link to the webinar will be shared Wednesday at the latest.




Geplaatst: 7 July 2020

First webinar on Erasmus+ topics

On July 1, 2020 Leo-Net organised its first webinar on Erasmus+ topics. It was very nice to see our members again and discuss the interesting topics they had raised.

Due to the great success Leo-Net will deliver more webinars in the future. In order to prepare the best content for the members, we would like to ask you for your help in suggesting what topics you would like to be included.

Please state your topic ideas in this online form.

Thank you very much and looking forward to see you at the next webinar after the summer!




Geplaatst: 23 September 2019

Consortia Day Antwerp November 26th, 2019

Consortia Day Antwerp November 26th, 2019

Are you interested in how we can further extend and shape a Community of Consortia?

Read more




Geplaatst:

60 days open commenting phase

60-days-open-commenting-phase for the Erasmus+ SPRINT project

The SPRINTproject aims at improving young people’s integration into the labour market by creating a European Quality framework for Internships.
SPRINT: “Standardize best PRactices about INTernships” is a three-year project that started on September 1st 2017.
It is a strategic partnership project co-funded by the Erasmus+ programme that aims to improve young people’s integration into the labour market by creating a European Quality framework for Internships.
You’ll find here all the useful information : https://www.sprint-erasmusplus.fr/

More information

You’ll find here all the useful information : https://www.sprint-erasmusplus.fr/



Geplaatst:

Antwerp November 26th, 2019

Background

For nearly 20 years LEO-NET is active in the field of traineeship mobility and traineeship consortia. This as an international network connecting experts from mobility consortia, International Relation offices, career centers, student counselling services.

All sharing the collective ambition to boost students and young graduates for sustainable careers in a globalizing, inclusive society where each talent counts.

Right from the start of LEO-NET (1999) consortia have been embraced and valued for their specific role in enhancing European traineeship mobility.

Currently the European Commission is working on the design of the successor of the present ERASMUS+ Programme. Therefore many of our Consortia members are convinced that extra attention for the role of Consortia is at stake (cf. chapter 1 in the position paper drawn up by LEO-NET in October 2017).

 

Practical information

The Programme will start at 09.30 (registration and coffee at 09.00) and closes at 17.00

  • Venue: Ghent University  –  Het Pand  –  Onderbergen 1  –   9000 Gent  –  Belgium
  • Leo-Net secretariat info@leo-net.org      +31402474336 / +31639271950

Programme (09.00 – 17.00)

09.00 – Coffee and registration

09.30 – 09.45: Opening seminar

  • Marjo van der Valk, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL –Executive board member Leo-Net

09.45 – 10.15:  ERASMUS+

  • State of the art ERASMUS+ with a special focus on Consortia

Mr. Johannes Gehringer, representative of the European Commission, BE

10.15 – 11.00: Consortia

  • Outcomes of Consortia Day November 26, 2018 & Consortia Session Leiria March 22, 2019

Mrs. Marjo van der Valk, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL –Executive board member Leo-Net

11.00 – Coffee break

11.30 – 12.30: Consortia  

  • Workshop about the benefits of Erasmus+ Consortia on different levels for (HE) institutions and companies
    Karol Ovesný, WorkSpace Europe, SK –Resource person Leo-Net

12.30 – Lunch

13.45 – 14.15: Consortia

  • Consortia in the field of education – widening the scope, beyond traineeships

European Universities – YUFE – Young Universities for the Future of Europe

Mr. Tim Engels, Antwerp University, BE

14.15 – 15.15: Consortia

  • Workshop about possible new roles for Erasmus+ Consortia in a changing society

Mrs. Patricia Burssens, Ghent University, BE  – Board member Leo-Net

15.15 – Coffee break

15.45 – 16.45:  Consortia

  • Translation of the outcomes of the workshop into TOP 10 recommendations for existing and future Consortia
    Marjo van der Valk, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL –Executive board member Leo-Net

16.45 – 17.00: Wrap up and Closure of the Consortia Day




Geplaatst: 23 April 2018

Barcelona Seminar 2018 Pictures




Geplaatst: 12 March 2018

Bio Speakers Barcelona Seminar 2018

LEO-NET Barcelona Seminar: Biography Speakers

Barcelona, April 12-13, 2018

Johannes Gehringer is Policy Officer for Erasmus+ Higher Education at European Commission in Brussels. He is mainly dealing with the management of intra-European Erasmus+ student and staff mobility as well as higher education strategic partnership projects.

Johannes has more than ten years of work experience in EU education and training policies and programmes. Previously, he worked in EU external relations and cooperation (audiovisual, culture). His academic background ranges from computer science, languages, international politics to business administration. He studied in Vienna, Paris, Zaragoza, Chicago and Brussels.

Ana Cecilia Boa- Ventura has over 20 years’ experience in European Programs. She is International Officer at the Polytechnic of Leiria, in the coastal center part  of Portugal  where she works in the framework of international traineeships, faculty members mobility,  a Consortium of  8 Polytechnics and 122 companies- unique in Europe given the special characteristics it holds-  and she has experience in organizing international events and working with Joint Master Degrees.

The Polytechnic of Leiria is one of the 3 biggest Polytechnics in Portugal and has over than 1200 international students- she has the background and the know- how of working directly with the students during all the changes of the Erasmus program from a pilot program in Business administration as the first Polytechnic in Portugal applying to Erasmus until to Erasmus + . She is from Lisbon and  holds a grade in Law (University of Lisbon) and a grade in Para Legal Studies (Polytechnic of Leiria) and a Master in International Relations- European Studies namely in the area of International Higher Education Studies (University of Coimbra) and she is preparing her doctoral degree in the frame of EU relations with Eastern Countries in what concerns Higher Education (University of Coimbra). She was also a Fulbright grantee of market driven Higher Education  and has several papers published namely  on financial aspect of the European Commission funding, Multilingualism, Relationship between University-Industry. Attended numerous workshops and seminars both as speaker or attendee mostly in issues connected with European Higher Education programs and she speaks four languages.

Regarding LeoNet she has been attending to the Barcelona meeting for the last 12 years and she has a special interest in activities connected with Higher Education with the intervention of the European Commission.

Karol Ovesny is an experienced project manager in business and education area with main focus on EU programs and Higher Education and business cooperation.

He is Managing Director and Founder of the first Slovak Consortium of Universities called WorkSpace Europe, focused on university – business cooperation and international mobilities supported by EU program Erasmus+. WorkSpace Europe represents 12 prestigious Slovak Universities with a branch in Czech Republic with another 3 Universities.

Karol also operates as a business consultant for Slovak and international companies and Universities and is a member of several international associations related to Business-Academic cooperation.

Jaana Mutanen works currently as a programme manager at EDUFI Finnish National Agency for Education (former CIMO and National Board of Education) in the Unit of International Traineeships and Postgraduate Studies. Her tasks include various types of projects designed to improve traineeships, practical traineeship exchanges to Latin America, Asia and Russia. JM also manages the national network TraiNet, experts on Traineeships in Finnish HEIs.

During 20years JM have been promoting Finland as study destination in Educational Fairs and writing 80 professional articles. JM has been doing abroad more or less 10 traineeship periods for professionals. She is in the Board of Foundation of Finnish cultural institutes in Madrid and Berlin.

In the first half of the 90’s JM worked in the international matters –unit of the Ministry of Education, after which she moved onto the corresponding unit in Helsinki University dealing with Finnish HEIs and exchanges. Before coming to CIMO, JM had one more taste of internationalism by working abroad in the Finnish Institute in Berlin in promoting Finland as a prospective studying and training destination.

Visit her LinkedIn.

Bert Verdonck is a global LinkedIn expert, an international master trainer and passionate lifehacker. Bert is the author of 8 books, including the Little LinkedIn for Dummies (in Dutch). He also co-authored the best seller How To REALLY Use LinkedIn and The Power of LinkedIn. His most recent book is the Little WhatsApp for Dummies (in Dutch). LinkedIn Learning also published several of his courses on social recruiting.

Bert is the General Manager for the Professional Development & Training (PDT) department of Scredible, a
UK startup. Scredible helps organisations and professionals to become socially credible, thought leaders and more successful by embracing the power of LinkedIn, social selling & social recruiting. Scredible has next to PDT also a brilliant platform, supported by AI to get faster results with social media.

Together with his international team of 27 certified LinkedIn trainers, which is the #1 LinkedIn training group in  the world, Bert is giving presentations and training sessions about LinkedIn, social media, social selling and social recruiting for SMEs, freelancers and global organisations like Deloitte, IBM, ING, Oracle, PwC, BNPParibas and Siemens.

Visit his LinkedIn.

Fascinated by the leaders who make impact in the world with a capacity to live and develop positively in spite of challenges, Line has discovered interesting patterns in how they think, act and communicate. Faithful to their values and aspirations, they learn from every situation and circumstance in life as a great and valuable experience and are not afraid of re-inventing themselves and their way of doing things. They develop agility and resiliency which allow to respond and adapt positively to change without falling into the trap of rancor, hostility or bitterness.

With a background in philosophy and system thinking and an experience of 20 years as manager and project manager in different industries, Line is running now her own company providing training, guidance and coaching to organizations, teams & individuals facing major transformations impacting employment, skills and education.

Pierre-Julien Bosser-Lamy is a social entrepreneur and youth activist. He co-founded InternsGoPro because he believes in real democracy and in the power of communities to organize to pursue their interests. His background in philosophy and European studies led him to investigate the enormous potential of people for social transformation. He is convinced that if every young person could access quality education and quality trainings, youth could bring the most to society. He is passionate about helping people take a stand and make a difference in the world.




Geplaatst: 2 November 2017

LEO-NET Position Paper Published

LEO-NET Position Paper Publised

The aim of the position paper is to share the LEO-NET members’ vision on the Erasmus+ programme, to share their concerns and to contribute to future traineeship mobility programmes.

The paper focuses on the following topics intertwined with (graduate) traineeship mobility in the framework of the Erasmus+ programme:

Consistent development of the added value of consortia will positively affect the quality of traineeships. Rethinking the efficient use of resources and the adaptation of the financial flows and grant administration will allow to spend more time and attention to quality enhancement too. The latter can also be enforced by structural cooperation initiatives among consortia and between consortia and HEIs, as it will encourage peer learning and the sharing of good practices and expertise.

The impact of the current financial support for trainees can be enhanced by a levelling of the grants in certain situations; at all times bearing in mind that the financially more vulnerable groups should not be affected. The protection of the trainee while carrying out their tasks during the traineeship, is another concern. Last but not least the extension of the target group is considered an asset in the struggle against youth unemployment. A number of opportunities for quality improvement and a more efficient and effective use of resources are proposed to future programmes with a view to sustainable careers of young graduates. The suggestions aim at better responding to the goals of the Erasmus+ programme and the future successor programme in particular, and at better meeting the broader challenges that the European Commission is facing, such as Youth Unemployment, Youth Guarantee and Inclusion.

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