The aim of eMUNDUS is to strengthen cooperation and awareness among European Higher Education Institutions and their strategic counterparts in strategic partner countries such as Brazil, Mexico, Russia, Indonesia, Canada and New Zealand, by exploring the potential of Massive Online Open Courses (MOOCs) and Virtual Mobility (VM) to support long term, balanced, inter-cultural academic partnership.
To reach this aim, the project will work towards four specific objectives:
1) To map the global state of the art of MOOCs and Virtual Mobility developments (considered as two key dimensions of the Open Education revolution in higher education) both in Europe and in the involved countries, facilitating the identification of successful patterns of ICT-enhanced international collaboration.
2) To foster global sharing of knowledge, tools and practices around MOOCs and VM, stressing their impact on HE internationalisation and on fundamental issues such as employability, quality assurance, credit recognition and joint degrees.
3) To promote and mainstream working practices of MOOCs and VMs as a way towards XXI century academic cooperation, making sure that the best practices of the world leaders in the field (some of which are part of the eMUNDUS consortium) are transferred to universities which are starting to adopt MOOCs and Virtual Mobility as strategies for their internationalisation.
4) To provide an input to HE institutions, HE networks and HE policy makers on the strategies that can be put in place to face the internationalisation challenge with the potential of ICT, therefore increasing the European HE area attractiveness and long term collaboration strategies.
Being an Erasmus Mundus project, eMUNDUS has also the underlying objective of promoting the attractiveness and the awareness of the excellence of European Higher Education area. The project will do so not by promoting European solutions as “the best way to do things”, but by putting Europe in a central position in the MOOC and Virtual Mobility debate, acting as a facilitator for the most promising ideas and practices to be discussed, adapted, and possibly adopted.