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Develop the potential of skills resulting from an international mobility!

door Hélène Paumier
Taal: EN
Document available also in: FR

REALISE is an Erasmus+ Strategic Partnership project funded by the European Commission involving 10 universities in Europe and a large number of associate partners. It aims to embed staff mobility in HEIs’ institutional strategies for modernisation and internationalisation, more particularly as a valuable element in the process of “internationalisation at home”, helping raise the awareness of the international dimension of higher education among both academic and administrative staff.




The REALISE project started in 2016 with a survey addressed to all Higher Education Institutions’ staff. This survey aimed at gathering figures, data and trends on staff mobility. This survey reached 6200 persons. It was completed by a series of interviews addressed to top management.

The analysis of the survey[1] revealed the main obstacles and challenges encountered in staff mobility. The REALISE consortium used the survey results as a basis to elaborate a toolbox including actions to be tested by the project partners and associate partners in order to set guidelines and procedures to enhance universities’ practices in the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme. A handbook[2] of good practices presents the results of the tested tools and actions with a view to:

  • Identify and develop innovative practices regarding the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme for staff mobility;
  • Help staff beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ programme make the best of the programme’s potential;
  • Foster the recognition of mobility in the career development of academic, administrative and technical staff in HEIs;
  • Raise institutional awareness about the added value of staff mobility and promote its contribution to HEIs’ internationalisation strategy.

The REALISE project culminated in May 2019 with a European Seminar in Brussels and a Staff Training Week in Ghent.



Crédit photo REALISE - Marine CHABBERT


The European Seminar brought together around 50 participants and was intended for HEI top management and other European stakeholders. It offered room for discussion and policy dialogue on staff mobility as a strategic tool for the internationalisation of the institutions.

The Staff Training Week was an opportunity for HEI staff aware of the importance of internationalisation of institutions to get inspiration for new practices regarding staff mobility management, promotion and strategic development. This event highlighted the strong interest of Higher Education Institutions regarding the recognition and improvement of staff mobility of staff in higher education as it gathered close to 90 participants.

The REALISE team is highly satisfied with the results of these two events that have shown that their initial concern which made the project emerge is widely shared in Europe by the HEI staff and management and by the policy makers. The main outcome of these encounters has been the gathering of a community with the common goal to be actors in taking up the challenge of developing staff mobility to broaden and reinforce internationalisation.

Globally, this project and its results allow to feed the reflections and the actions of the establishments in favor of the staff mobility and the development of the competences.

Welcoming foreign students, but also encouraging the mobility of French students, encouraging initiatives of European cooperation projects, feeding other practices to enrich their own professional practice are all dimensions allowing a rise in skills of staff of institutions of Higher Education.


The project has 3 specific objectives:


1- Identify and develop innovative practices with regard to the implementation of the Erasmus + program for staff mobility.

2- To promote the recognition of mobility in the career development of academic, administrative and technical staff of Higher Education Institutions.

3- Sensitize institutions on the added value of staff mobility and promote its contribution to the internationalization strategies of higher education institutions.

The prospect of internationalization invites institutions to revisit a number of particularly controversial issues: pricing for foreign students; institutional autonomy; the means of an investment strategy; that of the balance between objectives of contribution to development and development of a competitive offer.

The REALISE project offers possibilities for ethical and sustainable reflection, as well as changes in the professions of higher education institutions.

Contact :

This blog is published by Dr. Roseline LE SQUERE, administrator of the IRDL (Institut de Recherche Dupuy de Lôme), EPALE expert (french team).


[1] Which is available :

[2] The handbook can be found :




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