New EU-funded collaboration project focuses on virtual exchange

2020-12-02

Uppsala University has secured funding from EU under the Erasmus+ Programme to coordinate the capacity building project VAMOS (Virtual Exchange to Tackle Wicked Problems: Latin American and European Collaboration on Education for Sustainable Development).

The 2020 call for capacity building project in Latin Amerika resulted in tough competition and only 13% was granted funding by EU. Uppsala University will be the coordinator for the new Erasmus+ capacity building project VAMOS -Virtual Exchange to Tackle Wicked Problems: Latin American and European Collaboration on Education for Sustainable Development. The 2-year project will start in January 2021 and has a budget of 738,990 Euro.

VAMOS brings together six universities from Latin America (Honduras and Brazil), two universities from Europe (Uppsala, Padua) and one NGO with a focus on professional development for virtual exchange (Unicollaboration). It will facilitate an exchange of good practice in internationalization, virtual teaching and Education for Sustainable Development (ESD). The consortium will develop a virtual course in which students from all partner universities will work with the local/global sustainability issues (Wicked Problems).

VAMOS is coordinated by the Unit for Global Partnership of Uppsala University in cooperation with Swedish International Centre of Education for Sustainable Development (SWEDESD) and the master program Sustainable Destination Development at Campus Gotland.

“We developed the project with the goal to bring together questions of internationalisation and sustainability. With the global COVID19 pandemic, the relevance for virtual exchange in Higher Education has increased significantly”, says Fanny Jonsson and Philipp Baur, Project Coordinators in the Unit for Global Partnership. “We hope that the VAMOS project provides a platform to exchange experience on virtual collaboration and teaching here in Uppsala, and we are looking forward to hearing from staff and teachers who would like to find out more or get involved in the project”

If you want to find out more about VAMOS, please contact fanny.jonsson@uadm.uu.se.

Johan Ahlenius

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