LEO-NET Annual Seminar 2021

Can we shape the new normal?

Our 2021 seminar focused on the new Erasmus+ programme period in terms of traineeship mobilities, employability of students in a post-pandemic era, virtual traineeships, digital skills development, and new trends of University – Business collaboration, and more!

Thanks to everyone who joined us and the speakers for an interesting presentations.

Seminar Program

Date:June 29-30, 2021
Venue:Online, Via Zoom Application

JUNE 29TH (10.45 – 17.10)

10:45 – 11:00 – Introduction
Welcome & introduction to the seminar

11: 00 – 11:45 – New Erasmus+ program
The Erasmus+ Programme 2021-2027 has finally been launched. The first mobilities with a grant from the new Programme can start on September 1. Mr. Johannes Gehringer from the European Commission will explain the differences between the current and the new programme. There will be time for a Q&A and discussion, in particular about “Blended Intensive Programmes”, “Blended Mobilities” and “Mobility with Partner Countries”.
•        Mr. Johannes Gehringer, European Commission (Belgium)

11:45 – 12:30 – A Seismic Shift in Internships? STEM Talent Development in the Roaring
The pandemic forced IAESTE to consider virtual internships for STEM students. Those preparing to grow skills through international internships are struggling to find ‘the right’ virtual experience and wondering how to translate that into a resume that impresses a potential future employer. Now, all young people are coping with a paradigm shift that may forever change how they attain professional development- and how they demonstrate that to others judging the value of a work-from-home experience.
•        Reza Goldansaz, IAESTE (Luxembourg)

12:30 – 13:00- Break

13:00 – 13:45 – European voice/statement against unpaid traineeships: will unpaid traineeships finally be banned in the future?
In recent years in Europe, a fundamental discussion has been brought about in the framework of equal social rights, on whether or not interns should be paid for their work. The European Youth Forum has undoubtedly contributed to this debate by taking some concrete steps that led to a positive evolution in the field. The session frames important milestones that have been achieved, explains why and how, and what should be done in the future.
•        Mr. Frederic Piccavet, European Youth Forum (Belgium)

13:45 – 16:25- Collaboration with Erasmus+ Partner countries in a New Erasmus+ Programme
In a time when the whole Western Balkans region strives towards joining the EU, our students could only benefit from a successful international experience. One of the saddest realities of youth today in Bosnia-Herzegovina is that the best, brightest, hardest working, most talented are leaving in droves, to other places, not just to the EU, but anywhere from China to the US. At IUS, we hope to achieve through our programmes, extracurricular activities, scholarships, and exchanges, to foster a sense of entrepreneurship in order to motivate our students to engage in regional entrepreneurship once graduated. By following the example of countries that recently joined the EU, we hope to kindle this flame among our students.
•        Mrs. Zuhal Guvener, International University of Sarajevo (Bosnia and Herzegovina)

16:25 – 17:10 – The role of University Consortia in a new Erasmus+ programme
The new Erasmus+ programme opens new perspectives. How can (mobility) consortia respond to the new opportunities? How do (mobility) consortia address the recent changes? Let’s learn about their challenges and best practices for the future.
•       Speaker to be confirmed

JUNE 30TH (09.30 – 15.30)

9:30  – 9:40 – Introduction and summary of the 1st day

9:45 – 10:30 – Impact of the pandemic on development of employability skills
It may still be too early to say how the pandemic will affect the economy and graduate employment, but, it is clear that there has been a certain shift in the skill set the employers will be looking for in graduates in a post-pandemic era. What are these changes and what are possible solutions in the development of employability skills in a new normal?
•        Mrs. Nannette Ripmeester, Expertise in Labour Mobility (Netherlands)

10:30 – 11:15- University – Business collaboration in a new normal
The impact of the pandemic has also had an effect on how universities collaborate with companies. What are the new trends in university-business collaboration to support the employability of graduates? Let’s see some good examples.
•        Mrs. Kirsten Williamson, Petrus Communication (France)

11:15 – 12:00 – Company views on international student traineeships and employability of graduates in a post-pandemic Era
We bring you a unique opportunity to hear the voice of the business world on the current and future challenges companies face in a post-pandemic era in regards to student traineeships and graduate employability. How does a representative of an international company see the situation and what are the recommendations for students and universities? 
•       Mr. Carlos Rios Cuevas – EMEA Talent Acquisition Manager, Johnson Controls company (Slovakia)

12:00 – 12:30 – Break

12:30 – 13:15- LEO-NET Erasmus+ Strategic partnership projects participation
•       Erasmus Jobs Annie Kolemen, ESN, (Belgium)
Why are the skills gained through a mobility experience not clear and why does this lack of recognition still exist? In response to this, the Erasmus Student Network (ESN) is launching ErasmusJobs, an Erasmus+ KA2 project, to bridge the skills gap for the Erasmus Generation. The project is a collaborative cross-European partnership of 9 partners including Leo-Net.
•       Virtual Internships AcademyMr. Karol Ovesny, WorkSpace Europe (Slovakia)
The present reality of the digital era brought the need for digital skills development in the student work experience sector as well. It has clearly pointed to the importance of Virtual Internships as an efficient alternative benefitting all parties involved. The intention of the Virtual Internships Academy project is to develop the digital learning tool for proper preparation so that Virtual Internships can be successfully executed and the benefits for all parties are maximised.

13:15 – 14:45 – Managing virtual teams
Managing distributed teams and virtual collaboration has become a part of our everyday working lives. This professional training is our gift to the seminar participants. We are sure it will improve their management or collaboration within virtual teams. The participants will have an increased level of knowledge and awareness about managing remote teams, the potential, and the challenges around them. We hope you will enjoy!
Ms. Zuzanna Przybyla, World is your office (Poland)

14.45-15.15 – Networking + Discussion: ” Can we shape the new normal?”

15:15 – 15:30 – Final wrap up

Biography Speakers Seminar 2021

Practical details

Contact:  info@leo-net.org  /  +31402474336
Venue: Online, Via Zoom Application. Access details will be sent to you after the registration.  


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