The Erasmus+ program, established with EU Regulation no. 1288/2013 of the European Parliament and the Council, represents the new EU instrument dedicated to the fields of education, training, youth, and sport for the period 2014 – 2020.
Currently, the University of Gastronomic Sciences is involved with and provides activities relating to two key actions: 1) Individual Mobility Programs (Key Action 1 – KA1) and 2) Strategic Partnerships (Key Action 2 – KA2).
Individual Mobility Programs (Key Action 1 – KA1) with Program Countries – EU member countries, EFTA / EEA countries, Republic of Macedonia (KA 103)
The university encourages internationalisation through the Individual Mobility Programs provided and listed below.
In compliance with the principles of non-discrimination and inclusion and with a principle of transparency in the selection process of participants in mobility, the university provides for the following individual mobility activities (the procedures for which are listed below).
Erasmus+ Teaching Staff (outgoing and incoming) – possibility for teachers to carry out short periods of teaching at foreign universities (outgoing) and to welcome foreign teachers for short periods of teaching at UNISG (incoming).
Individual Mobility Selection Procedure – Teachers (STA)
Considering the limited number of university professors, the selection process for teacher mobility for teaching and/or training will be evaluated directly by the Rector, Pro Rector, the Director of Research and Third Mission and the Erasmus Office, according to alternation criteria (over the years) and merit criteria.
These criteria will be applied once the Erasmus Office has received all the notifications of interest from those interested in going abroad (request must be received five months before the beginning of the academic year in which the teacher intends to go abroad).
Example: If the teacher wants to go abroad in the academic year 2021/2022, the reference period in which to do this is from 01/06/2021 to 31/09/2022 and the deadline for sending notifications of interest is 31/01/2021.
The notification email of interest must be sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org
The country where the teacher wants to go must be an EU member country, EFTA / EEA country or the Republic of Macedonia.
Erasmus+ Training Staff (outgoing) – possibility for technical-administrative staff to carry out short training periods abroad.
Individual Mobility Selection Procedure – Technical-Administrative Staff (STT)
The request for participation in an individual training period abroad will be evaluated by the Administrative Director and the manager of the relevant office. A criterion of alternation between the different offices (over the years) and strategic motivation for the foreign experience will be used for the purpose of increasing specific, personal, and professional skills useful to the university.
The interested person must send an email containing the following information:
- Subject of the email: “NOTIFICATION OF INTEREST – ERASMUS TRAINING MOBILITY – surname + name”
- Extended motivation for the request for individual training abroad
- Institution/body where the training is to be carried out
- Country (must be between EU member countries, EFTA / EEA countries, Republic of Macedonia)
- Period (month and year) and duration of stay abroad (in days)
- Motivational letter
Deadline: the notification of interest must be sent within five months before the start of the reference period.
Example: If you want to go abroad in the academic year 2021/2022, the reference period in which to carry out mobility is from 01/06/2021 to 31/09/2022 and the deadline for sending notifications of interest is 31/01/2021.
Erasmus+ Traineeship (outgoing) – possibility for students to carry out internships in companies, training and research centres present in one of the countries participating in the program.
Student mobility for internship purposes will be introduced starting from the academic year 2020/2021 and will be reserved only for students of the master’s degree program (n = 5 scholarships).
The study program and the organization of teaching activities do not currently provide for the access of UNISG students to European mobility programs. This is due to the fact that the university has already placed the topic of international student mobility and, more generally, internationalisation, at the heart of its training since its foundation. In fact, all study courses include numerous experiences abroad, through “study trips”, and a continuous development of intercultural exchange, through the high degree of internationality of the students. All degree programs are strongly characterized by the maturation of international experiences and by the interaction with communities and territories outside our borders.
Individual Mobility Selection Procedure – Students
As per the decision of the CdF (29/01/2020), for the academic year 2020/2021, five Erasmus Scholarships (n = 5) will be provided for internships to be awarded to students of the second year of the master’s degree program. A special Erasmus Commission will evaluate student applications for internships. The dedicated Erasmus Commission will be composed of:
- The coordinator of the Erasmus Office,
- The convenor of the master’s degree course,
- A member of the Career Centre.
The commission will follow the following award criteria:
- General average of grades
- Grade of the subject closest to the internship (if relevant)
- Oral interview
Particular attention will be paid to students with special needs, according to the university’s policy aimed at guaranteeing all students equal opportunities of access to culture and education. In line with the provisions of the current legislation on access to the university, the University of Gastronomic Sciences has adopted specific services for students with specific learning disabilities (LSD) and has established the figure of the Head of Management of Disabilities (www.unisg.it/en/services/disabilities-dsa).
To participate in the selection, interested second year master students must send an email containing the following information:
- Subject of the email: “NOTIFICATION OF INTEREST – ERASMUS TRAINEESHIP MOBILITY – surname + name”
- Extended motivation of the Erasmus scholarship application for internship
- Institution/body where the internship is to be carried out
- Country (must be between EU member countries, EFTA / EEA countries, Republic of Macedonia)
The notification email of interest must be sent to email@example.com and in cc to the convenor of the master’s degree program (firstname.lastname@example.org) and the Career Centre of the university (email@example.com).
Deadline: In order to facilitate interested student, two deadlines have been identified for sending the notification of interest: 15/02/2021 and 15/03/2021
In the days following each deadline, the commission will meet for a session to evaluate the applications received. Since the maximum number of scholarships that can be assigned is 5, a maximum of 3 scholarships can be awarded for each of the two evaluation sessions. Those who have not been awarded a scholarship in the first of the two sessions will be able to compete for the next session, by submitting the application again by the deadline. In the event that no candidates are apply at the first session or if the scholarships are not awarded due to lack of requirements, a maximum of 5 scholarships may be awarded at the second session. The Erasmus Office reserves the right to extend the aforementioned deadline, or to establish new ones, if factors related to the COVID-19 pandemic prove to be decisive for student’s access to this opportunity.
Erasmus+ Learning (outgoing and incoming) – currently not foreseen
In order to carry out the individual mobility of teachers and students, the university must activate a bilateral agreement with the host/sending institution. Bilateral agreements are agreements with partner universities for the mobility of students and professors. A bilateral agreement is a cooperation agreement signed between two universities in possession of the Erasmus charter for Higher Education (ECHE), which makes international mobility possible within the Erasmus+ Program in force starting from 2014. The activation of a new bilateral agreement takes place at the request of a university professor. Each agreement describes the initiatives and mobilities flows to be implemented, including the number of students and/or teachers, the subject areas and the duration of the stay abroad.
For further information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org
Cooperation for innovation and good practices (Key Action 2 – KA2)
This Key Action aims to develop, transfer and / or implement innovative practices at the organizational, local, regional, national and European level. The Key Action takes the form of small and large-scale transnational cooperation projects that offer to the active organizations in the education, training and youth sectors, companies, public bodies, civil society organizations etc. t the opportunity to cooperate in order to:
- implement and transfer innovative practices at local, regional, national and European level;
- modernize and strengthen education and training systems;
- sustain positive and long-lasting effects on participating organizations, systems and individuals directly involved.
The Key Action 2 are divided into:
- Erasmus Plus – KA2 (Key Action 2) – Strategic Partnerships in the fields of education, training and youth;
- Erasmus Plus – KA2 – Capacity building in higher education (CBHE).
The University of Gastronomic Sciences is a partner of the following Erasmus Plus projects:
- SUSPLUS – Innovative Education towards Sustainable Food Systems
- TEFSI – Transformation of European Food Systems towards Sustainability by Transnational, Innovative Teaching
- GOODFOOD – Good teaching practices in experiential learning for effective education in embedded food systems
- L4E – Learn4Earth
For more information on the Erasmus Plus Program, consult the EU website >