What you need to know about BlendEd mobility
BlendEd Mobility is an international collaboration between 11 universities and university colleges. Each year 2 students of each university are selected to develop an innovative, interdisciplinary project. The students are challenged by a company with a real-life problem. The students meet 2 times physically for a week. In between these 2 meetings they work together in a virtual way from their home university. The students are from different fields of study, such as: Business Development, Management, Electronics, IT & Design.
This kind of project offers the students an equivalent to an ERASMUS placement, except for not being away from home for several months. The professional context in which students work offers them technical know-how but also gives them a bunch of practical experience. Working in an international team implies intensive interaction between the students. As such, students acquire valuable communication skills for their own professional career.
The history of BlendEd mobility
BlendEd Mobility is the sequel of former collaborations between several European universities. One of the most valuable predecessors is the MUTW project (Multinational Undergraduate Team Work - funded by ERASMUS KA2 - 2009). This Erasmus project’s main goal was to strengthen the students’ communication skills by organizing them in an international, multicultural team. In the very first phase we simply had an international team of IT students working together on a common project, collaborating mainly online. As a second step, we extended the student team with members from other study areas. Next to IT-students, designers got involved, as well as students from Business Development and Management. The technical outcome was enriched with design and the resulting product was accompanied by a real business plan. Students learned to communicate throughout the borders of their own discipline. In between the former MUTW project (2009-2011) and the new BlendEd Mobility project (2016-2018) we ran several editions on our own. During this period we extended our goals by involving companies as provider for real project proposals. With this professional involvement the students get a context which is international, multicultural, multidisciplinary and professional!
Today some of the partner universities integrated BlendEd mobility as a course unit in their curricula.
- ISEP Porto(Portugal)
- LUCA School of Arts(Belgium)
- FH Joanneum(Austria)
- University of Paderborn(Germany)
- TEI Crete(Greece)
- University of Siegen(Germany)
- Caledonian University of Glasgow(United Kingdom)
- European Association of Coordinators(Cyprus)
- Geographical Information Systems International Group(Italy)
- University of Maribor(Slovenia)
- University of Human Development(Iraq)
- University Institute of Maia(Portugal)
- Imec.istart accelerator(Belgium)
Read more about this topic
The results and experiences of the MUTW project are described in a book. It consists of 10 chapters, covering areas such as motivation, state-of-the-art approaches, communication and negotiation, report writing and oral presentation, open source software, team communication, pilot experience and outcomes and challenges. Providing a comprehensive view of the MUTW paradigm and its surroundings, this book will be of great value to any institution wishing to set up a similar course unit, as well as being of interest to all those involved in multinational collaboration within the education field.