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EN3S ACHIEVEMENTS, VISION AND MISSION(S)

HISTORY OF THE NETWORK

The EN3S network of universities started in 1988 between the University of Göttingen and Cheltenham and Gloucester College of Higher Education, as part of the town-twinning arrangements. It developed in subsequent years, with the assistance of Erasmus funding by the European Commission, to include exchanges of students and academic staff and now involves twenty partner Universities from the United Kingdom, Germany, France, Spain, Italy, Portugal, Norway and Romania. During this time, well over 1000 students and over 200 academic staff have taken part in exchanges between the partner universities. Among the important benefits of these exchanges has been an increased awareness of the sporting and cultural diversities among the member states and a growing desire for greater knowledge and understanding of these sporting and cultural differences.

There was a very strong and close-knit group from the start to about 2005, but by then there were signs that things were changing. The group grew too large to manage effectively. Individual staff members and universities left the group. Some academic staff were replaced by administrative staff, who brought new qualities to the group, but were less interested in the academic content and more occupied with staff and student mobility. In the following years up until today, it was and is important for the cohesion of EN3S to find topics for the meetings and communication in between with academic relevance and common interest.

ACHIEVEMENTS

The first step aimed to develop curriculum for a European module on Sport in Europe: International Comparisons. After the “curriculum development era“, the main activity during the group meetings and their preparation until 2014 was the discussion and finally the decision of a European Certificate as a double qualification in addition to the home diploma  with the following objectives: to promote European integration, to recognize European countries as a favourable learning environment for our students, to emphasize Europe as an employment market for our students, to improve the employment chances for our graduates, to reduce the problems of unemployment for our graduates in Europe.

After the joint research project from 2009 on Health-Related Physical Activity - or how to enhance health through physical activity (a project undertaken by some of the partner universities, i.e. Gloucestershire (UK), Gottingen (Germany), Vitoria (Spain), and Las Palmas (Spain), plus Brasov (Romania) and Dublin (Ireland)) - EN3S started a new joint research project on the employability of Sport Sciences graduates which was successful in its application for funding from Brussels from September 2012. The latter was mainly carried out by the universities of Gottingen (Germany), Gloucestershire (UK) and Strasbourg (France), with all the other partners as an advisory committee, essentially aimed at spreading the questionnaires to Employability of Graduates in Sport (EGS), giving feedback and diffusing the tool kit which was obtained when the project came to an end.

VISION AND MISSION(S)

From 2016 onwards (after being proposed in Constanta, Romania, in 2015), the new focus of research has been dealing with “Erasmus mobility and the inter-cultural experience: a research proposal set in the context of higher education, sport and physical education”, and is mainly undertaken by the University of Gloucestershire and USN (University College of Southeast Norway, formerly Telemark University College), although other partners have joined in.

As far as the relations with partner universities are concerned, EN3S intends to strengthen them by developing communication and activities between annual meetings, notably by creating a taskforce on EN3S communication (website promotion and journal, as mentioned in May 2016 in Urbino, Italy). Of course, the organisation of student and teacher mobility is one of the focuses, so as to improve how each partner deals with incoming and outgoing exchange students and to enrich one another’s practices through the exchange of educational experiences and views.

As far as the relations with partner universities are concerned, EN3S intends to strengthen them by developing communication and activities between annual meetings, notably by creating a taskforce on EN3S communication (website promotion and journal, as mentioned in May 2016 in Urbino, Italy). Of course, the organisation of student and teacher mobility is one of the focuses, so as to improve how each partner deals with incoming and outgoing exchange students and to enrich one another’s practices through the exchange of educational experiences and views. Besides, another target is the ongoing Erasmus+ mid-term evaluation and the opportunity for individuals and organisations to respond to the European Commission consultation by May 31st 2017. In fact, the European Commission has published an online questionnaire to gather views on the purpose and impact of the Erasmus+ programme. This consultation is part of a wide-reaching mid-term evaluation that will pull together information and opinions on Erasmus+ (and its predecessor programmes such as Lifelong Learning Programme and Youth in Action) to help shape how it will look after 2020. There is a focus on how Erasmus+ is implemented, and its added-value as a European programme. EN3S network members thought it might be worth considering a joint response from the network, and to review how important Erasmus+ is to our work as we look ahead.