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Mission statement

The main goal of the e-LERU was to build a showcase of the partner universities' strengths and specificities in the field of education and research.

e-LERU intended to bring a European dimension to research based teaching in European universities by encouraging academics to collaborate, notably through the construction of trans-national combined course structures (e-learning modules) and through physical and virtual mobility of students, in order to further develop internationalization of curricula.

e-LERU acted as a go-between and was a facilitator of such process in the framework of a European dimension.

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A new proposal

Dec152011

Create a space for reflection and a collaborative way to address in the best conditions and effectively the challenges that we are committed to achieve by the European Commission through its papers especially “Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union”.

Moreover many projects and initiatives have been implemented and partly funded by the European Commission. Most of these projects do not survive at the time of the termination of funding although they are very relevant to European issues. We are fortunate to be strongly supported by the LERU secretariat in local initiatives but as the forces are in universities and as we want to build a digital space across Europe, we think that the links between the various actors within a community should be strengthened.

According to a communication from the commission to the European parliament “Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union”, innovation has been placed at the heart of the Europe 2020 strategy. We must build on our strengths and decisively tackle our weaknesses. Some tracks are to “spend our resources more efficiently and achieve critical mass” and "adapt much more strategic approach to innovation”. Therefore an innovative community in which all LERU members could contribute and share a strong community to better communicate and collaborate on specific issues concerning a strategically important aspect concerning the digital domain (or world) is for us the best way to meet the great Commission expectations.

Most of the universities have no detailed, official strategy regarding to e-learning. Even where a general strategy is in place, e-learning is not necessarily implemented in this strategy. However, keeping in mind that there is a tendency towards an increasing demand of e-learning, it is possible that the formulation of a strategy is pending at most universities and should be finalized in the near future. On a more practical level, several universities have invested in their own digital services during the last years and they are being expanded more widely every year. Faculties play a large part in the decision making process at all universities, but the degree of centralization depends largely on each university’s own organization.

As mentioned in the “Europe 2020 Flagship Initiative Innovation Union “, universities have to be”promoting excellence in education and skills development who should be offered attractive careers and easy mobility across sectors and countries”. Our workshops could assist each stakeholder to engage some of the most strategic objectives to consolidate the strengths of the LERU members.

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