Thessaloniki 2020

CANCELLED as a result of the COVID-19-virus

We have been informed by our host, the University of Macedonia, that for the moment the University has, as a result of the  COVID-19-virus, decided not to accept incoming mobility.

It is unpredictable how long this decision will be applicable. As the event is coming near we believe that postponement of a final decision isn’t efficient. With serious regret the Leo-Net board, together with our host, have therefor decided to cancel the seminar for now. Moving to another destination isn’t a real solution either because of the short time left and even more because more and more universities and big companies all over Europe decide to allow travel only when it is absolutely necessary.

We are happy that the University of Macedonia is open to host the Leo-Net seminar later this year or next year, so that their efforts to organize this all are rewarded at another moment. When the impact of the COVID-19-virus on international mobility and events will be less, we will reconsider the situation and inform you all.

If, in the meantime, you have any questions, don’t hesitate to contact us.

Thanks for your understanding.

LEO-NET Annual Seminar

Thessaloniki April 1-3, 2020

Seminar Program

DateApril 1th - 3th, 2020
VenueUniversity of Macedonia
156, Egnatia str. 54636 Thessaloniki, Greece
Contact@ Leo-Net secretariat - - +31402474336

April 1th (12.00 – 20.00)

12:00 – 12:45: Registration
Introduction seminar and host

12.45 – 13.15: Introduction: Welcome & introduction to the seminar

13.15 – 13.30: Presentation host: Welcome by the University of Macedonia

13.30 – 14.00:
Presentation of the Greek situation about youth employment, traineeship possibilities University of Macedonia, EL – Mrs. Anna Kiriakidou

European Administration

14.00 – 15.00:
Session and Q&A about ERASMUS+ “Mobility for all, taking the ERASMUS + programme to the next level” – Current state of play

European Commission – DG Education, Youth, Sport and Culture, BE – Mr. Johannes Gehringer

15:00 – Coffee break

15.30 – 16.30:
Session and debate about European statute for trainees “The student view on internships: Useful practical experience or underpaid labour?”

Traineeships play a very valuable role in the (study) career path of young potentials. Their traineeships, however, may be overshadowed in a number of cases as trainees find themselves in between the world of education and the world of labour, entangled by divergent country regulations and sometimes by the lack of guarantees for their safety and well-being. Clear issues of concern for the European Students’ Union (ESU), the umbrella organization of 45 national unions of students from 39 European countries.
European Students’ Union, BE – Mrs. Nina de Winter, Executive Committee member

17.30 – 18.30: Guided city walk

18.30 – 20.00: Meet & Greet your international trainees

April 2th (09.00 – 17.00)

Project presentations / partner search

09.00 – 10.30:
Sprint project – “Creation of European Criteria and Tools for Quality Internships”
SPRINT, “Standardize best PRactices about INTernships” is a three-year project that started in September 2017. Main goal is a list of quality criteria and good practices for (international) internships, including practical tools, in order to improve young people’s integration into the labour market. Learn more about the project approach, challenges and quest for good practices and project results so far.
French ministry of higher education and research, FR – Mrs. Stéphanie DEVEZE-DELAUNAY

ErasmusJobs project – “Bridging the skills gap of the Erasmus Generation”
ErasmusJobs aims to bridge the skills gap and enhance the transition from education to the labour market. Building on the core principle that a mobility experience reduces long-term unemployment
(Erasmus Impact Study, 2014), the project aims to clearly identify the skills gained during a stay abroad and make those more understandable by employers. In order to achieve that, ErasmusJobs brings together many stakeholders to ensure a future of employable Erasmus+ alumni: students, universities, employers.
University of Applied Sciences & Arts Western Switzerland Valais-Wallis HES-SO, CH –
Mrs. Line Pillet

10:30 – Coffee break


11.00 – 13.00:
Workshop: “Apply design thinking to embrace education challenges”
This workshop demonstrates a concrete example of how Design Thinking was applied to bring a vision into practice. THE vision ‘TEC for Society’ of Fontys University of Applied Sciences is that Technology should serve the needs of society. Fontys believes that they should prepare their students for a meaningful place in society. Not only to get a good job and earn a nice income but in combination with sustainability topics and challenges. For this the students need to develop a broad set of skills.
TEC for Society wasn’t concrete enough to ring a bell. SDGs on the other hand are known worldwide and people do understand what it is about. SDGs offer therefor a framework that has both an internal (e.g. a point of departure for education, a compass to bring the needs of society to the university so that education can be streamlined to what society needs and a quality check in order to not only look if things are done rightly but also if one is doing the right things) and external (one universal language) function. The seminar participants will learn about tools that are used to: * inspire students, staff and the ‘outside’ world, * discover personal affinity with some of the SDGs and the opposite for others and * how to gain visibility. The importance of bringing students on board and give them a serious role in this all will be shown as well.
HES-SO, CH – Mrs. Line Pillet
Fontys University of Applied Sciences, NL – Mrs. Elke van der Valk

13:00 – Lunch

14.30 – 17.00
Session: “Company views on international student traineeships and examples of Business-University collaboration to support the employability of graduates”
Higher education is now more than ever influenced by employers. In the quickly progressing world of business, the required skills of graduates change adequately, Higher education should collaborate with business to adapt to current trends and prepare the graduates to be employable now and in the future. Employers realize that traineeship programs are a win-win collaboration and necessary to keep up with the current fast changing nature of jobs. The global company IBM offers in this session an overview of different ways to connect the educational world and the world of work in order to offer young graduates the best possibilities to acquire necessary competences for sustainable careers.
IBM International Services Centre, SK – Mr. Martin Martinkovic

Session: “Erasmus programs and KA107 traineeships from the perspective of an Erasmus partner country University”
In a time when the whole Western Balkans region strives towards joining the EU, our students could only benefit from the 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 shores, not just to the EU, but anywhere from China to the US. What we at IUS hope to achieve, through our programs, extracurricular activities, scholarships and exchanges, is 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.
International University of Sarajevo, BA – Ms. Zuhal Guvener

19.00: – Social programme – Cooking workshop on the Greek Kitchen and dinner

April 3th (09.00 – 13.00)

09.00 – 10.00: Leo-Net member meeting

Future education, employment, society

10.00 – 10.30:
Session: “All we need is give inclusion a chance!”

One of the main focus of the new program 2021/2027 is inclusion. All the main HEI are preparing roadmaps for inclusion while most of our partner companies where our students do their training period are not prepared to leave the common bias. They should be “educated” to settle to new challenges about differentiation.
Focus on the experience outside their comfort zone and in a company the concept of externalization within the internationalization is important to better understand the differences that trainees will undoubtedly find on their path.

We’ll work on an “ideal” working place, using all the tools that we can think about that will help the company to accept the difference both psychological and physical so that the companies engage on these changes- shared activities knowing the existing differences help to achieve better results.

“More diverse companies, we believe, are better able to win top talent and improve their customer orientation, employee satisfaction, and decision making, and all that leads to a virtuous cycle of increasing returns.” McKinsey & Company.
Polytechnic Institute of Leiria, PT – Mrs. Ana Boa-Ventura

11:00 – Coffee break

11.00 – 12.30:
“E- traineeships – current and future potential of online work experience”
In the current world of fast progressing digitalization and virtual collaboration touching every sector, work experience is not an exception. As an alternative to traineeships as we know them and thanks to modern technologies, E- traineeships open wider opportunities to students, graduates or unemployed people to gain practical skills. The best prove is the UKs leading online work experience programme. Is it the future of gaining work experience?
Amnick – Social Enterprise, UK – Mr. John David, and Ms. Julia Chiperi

12.30 – 13.00: Wrap up and closing

Practical details

Contact: @ Leo-Net secretariat  – +31402474336
Venue:University of Macedonia 156, Egnatia str. 54636 Thessaloniki, Greece

Seminar fees

 Seminar 1-3 April
Leo-Net member Early Bird (deadline 08.03.2020)€ 395
Leo-Net member € 475
Non Leo-Net member € 590

Seminar fees include:

Refreshments during seminarXXX
Social programme / dinnerX
  • Fees do not include accommodation and travel.
  • For participants who decide to become a LEO-NET member at time of their registration the seminar fee for LEO-NET members will be applicable!
  • Participants will receive a 20% reduction on their seminar fee if they bring along another colleague from their institution!

No VAT applicable.

How to get to Thessaloniki

Airport Macedonia: Thessaloniki’s international airport “Macedonia” is located 15km from the centre of the city and has a very good connection with other airports. Please visite:

How to get to the University of Macedonia or the centre from the airport:
Transit bus service is provided between the Airport and the city of Thessaloniki, with connections to the Central Railway Station and the “Makedonia” Regional Bus Terminal (KTEL)

Bus no X1 to “Panepistimio Makedonias” bus stop.
Bus service runs every 30 minutes and the journey to the city center takes about 40 minutes.
Bus Route Nr. X1 “KTEL – Airport”
Bus Route Nr. N1 “KTEL – Airport” (Night Service)

Thessaloniki Eastbound Service (via “IKEA” terminal  city bus station)
Bus Route Nr. 79  “IKEA – Airport”
From “IKEA” bus no.2K to “Panepistimio Makedonias” bus stop.

24/7 metered taxi service is available outside the “Makedonia” Airport Terminal Building. The journey from (to) the Airport to (from) the centre of Thessaloniki is about 30 minutes, depending on the traffic. The fare to and from the airport is normally between 20-30 euro.

How to get to Thessaloniki FROM ATHENS

From El Venizelos Airport (Athens)

By Intercity Bus
From “Kiffisoss bus station”. For further information please visit the following site:

By train
From “LARISIS RAILWAY STATION” (Athens).  Trip last from 4.15 to 6 hours. For further information please visite the following site:

Hotel Suggestions

Single room 59 EUR
Double room 76  EUR

Single room 60
Double room 70

Electra Palace
Classic room 110
Premium room 130

Mediterranean Palace
Single room  100
Double room  115

Colors Urban Hotel
Single room  110
Double room 115

Colors Thessaloniki Living
Single room 71
Double room  75

Colors Central Ladadika
Single room  78
Double room  82

In any case if anyone is interested to reserve a room from the above it would be useful to mention that its the prices for the UNIVERSITY OF MACEDONIA