Aihearkisto: kotikansainvälisyys

Vaihtokokemukset jakoon!

Yli 30 gradialaista kokoontui tiistaina 19.5. Teamsin välityksellä jakamaan ajatuksiaan ja kokemuksiaan henkilöstövaihtoihin liittyen. Tilaisuudessa oli mukana myös Aarhus TECH -oppilaitoksen koordinaattori Flemming Olesen, joka on aiemmin tänä keväänä jakanut kokemuksiaan Gradian kv-blogin koronajuttusarjassa. Tilaisuuden pääteemat olivat kansainvälinen osaaminen ja vaihtojaksolle valmentautuminen.

Suvi Hirvijärvi, Stephen Clark., Flemming Olesen ja Pirkko Lahti
keskustelemassa kansainvälisestä osaamisesta ja keinoista, joilla sitä ovat hankkineet.

Sanomattakin lienee selvää, että Kiinassa vuoden alussa puhjennut COVID-19-tartuntatautiepidemialla on ollut suuri vaikutus erityisesti kansainväliseen toimintaan ja Erasmus+ ohjelman rahoittamiin kansainvälisiin liikkuvuuksiin ja hankkeisiin. Gradian osalta pandemia siirsi yhteensä noin 50 henkilöstövaihdon ja useamman hankkeen kokousten toteutusta eteenpäin tai verkkoympäristöön.

Vaikka matkat on peruttu, kansainvälinen yhteistyö jatkuu. Samalla kansainvälisyyden perinteiset mittarit, lähtevät ja saapuvat opiskelijat ja henkilöstö, painuvat nolliin. Nyt onkin hyvä pysähtyä ja pohtia ovatko mittarit riittäviä? Mitä muuta kansanvälisyys on kuin liikkuvuutta? Miten sitä osaamista, jota perinteisesti on haettu liikkuvuuden kautta, voidaan vahvistaa ja tukea myös ilman fyysistä matkustamista maasta toiseen ja millä mittareilla vaikutusta tulisi mitata? 19.5. tilaisuuden osallistujat pohtivat myös omalta osaltaan mitä kansainvälinen osaaminen on? Perinteisen kielitadon kehittämisen lisäksi tärkeiksi nousivat vuorovaikutus- ja verkostoitumistaidot. Myös kasvun ja kehittymisen “moottorit” – rohkeus ja uteliaisuus – mainittiin useaan kertaan.

Mitä omasta mielestäsi kansainvälisellä osaamisella tarkoitetaan?

Liikkuvuus, matkustaminen toiseen maahan, pysyy jatkossakin tärkeänä osana osaamisen kehittämistä maailmassa, jossa keskinäiset riippuvuussuhteet ovat yhä selvemmin ja konkreettisemmin näkyvissä elämämme kaikilla osa-alueilla. Koulutuksen yksi tarkoitus on valmistaa elämään kulttuurisesti moninaisessa maailmanyhteisössä ja toimimaan rakentavasti ja vastuullisesti yhteisen maapallon hyväksi ja tämä kevät on osoittanut sen, että aivan kaikkia kokemuksia ei kuitenkaan voida kokonaan siirtää Teamsiin tai Zoomiin. Akuutin koronatilanteen jälkeen meidän on kuitenkin syytä jatkaa sen pohtimista mikä rooli matkustamisella on ja milloin se tuottaa juuri sitä lisäarvoa, jota tavoittelemme.

EU-komissio linjasi toukokuun lopussa, miten rahoitusohjelmien ulkomaanjaksoja voidaan toteuttaa loppuvuoden 2020 aikana, jos koronaepidemiasta johtuvat poikkeusolot jatkuvat. Linjauksen mukaan ulkomaanjaksot on mahdollista aloittaa virtuaalisesti verkkototeutuksina ja niitä voidaan jatkaa kohdemaassa sitten, kun tilanne sen sallii. Henkilöstövaihtoja voidaan toteuttaa jopa kokonaan virtuaalisesti, mikäli poikkeusolot jatkuvat. Tarkempia ohjeita virtuaalivaihtojen säännöistä ja rahoitusehdoista ei vielä ole. Seuraamme Gradiassa komission tiedotusta ja viestimme niistä heti, kun rahoitusohjelman ohjeet ja Gradian linjaukset tältä osin valmistuvat.

Huhtikuussa päättyneen henkilöstövaihtohaun valinnat ja ohjeet myös koronan alta siirtyvien vaihtojen osalta on julkaistu intrassa 29.5.2020. Kevään 2021 vaihtojen suunnittelu ja valmennus onkin syytä käynnistää pian kesälomakauden päätyttyä. Syksyn aikana pyritään useimpien kohdalla käynnistämään vaihtovalmennus mm. tutustumisella kohteeseen verkon välityksellä sekä tavoitteiden tarkemmalla määrittelyllä.

Vaihtokokemukset jakoon! -tilaisuudessa pohdittiin miten vaihtoon kannattaa valmistua ja missä asioissa osallistujat kaipaavat oman organisaation tukea. Apua kaivattiin mm. kielivalmennuksessa ja kohteeseen perehtymisessä.

Millä vaihtoon valmentautumisen osa-aluella kaipaat eniten Gradian tukea?

Tilaisuudesta kerätyn palautteen mukaan tämän tyyppiset tilaisuudet koettiin tärkeinä (yleisarvosana 4, maksimi 5). Kokemukset ja vinkit sekä rennot haastattelut olivat vastaajien mielestä parasta antia. Osa vastaajista toivoi, että jatkossa tilaisuudet päästäisiin pitämään lähikontaktissa ja että vuorovaikutteisuutta olisi enemmän. Ensimmäistä ei voida luvata. Jälkimmäinen sen sijaan kyllä jatkossa onnistuu paremmin. Seuraava vastaava tilaisuus järjestettäneen lokakuussa 2020. Seuraa siis intraa niin tiedät milloin ja mihin tulla!

Rea Tuominen, kv-suunnittelija, p. 6159

Greetings from the Netherlands

In this series of blog posts checking how our partners are doing, we have landed in the Netherlands. Marit den Ouden is a relatively new coordinator working in the International Office of Deltion College located in Zwolle. Deltion College is a member of the Dutch Alliance and through the TDA also a member of the Network of Networks like Gradia.

Marit with the view from her home office.

“We fully switched to distance learning on the 16 March when our government announced that the schools had to be closed.” Deltion had started with the introduction of distance learning on a small scale already 5 years ago so they managed to do the switch relatively quickly. Some of the experts in distance learning had anticipated the situation already before 16 March and had captured their thoughts and vision in a memo. Immediately after the government announcement the distance learning task force started their work. “Already in the first week after 16 March they provided training for our staff and all kinds of materials for our use,” says Marit from her home office. The materials were put on the Deltion College intranet and they were used by quite many people. Two weeks ago all Deltion teachers got a paper magazine delivered at their homes with all kinds of tools and information about distance learning. At the moment of this interview, the Deltion task force is already preparing for the next school year.

There were of course some challenges as well. “Some teams did their own “thing”, a bit outside the general frames which were set by the college 😉 In such a big college as ours – around 19.000 students and 1.400 staff this is hard to prevent.” This resulted in some extra ‘follow-up’ work for the task force. “Our experience is that teachers don’t easily ask questions even though we try to facilitate direct, easy contacts with our experts.”   

Marit reflects back to the beginning of remote learning; “I think that we were relatively well prepared. We already had experts and experience on distance learning at Deltion. And we already had blended coaches in the teams. There was a lot of energy and positive spirit to act and go for it together.” She also believes that this experience will lead to permanent changes. “Distance learning will get a more permanent place in our vision on education. We expect that we might keep providing distance learning to our students in the future on a structural basis, for example one day a week. And we might do more appointments and visits – like apprenticeship visits – ‘at distance’. “

At the moment of the Corona outbreak Deltion College had more than 150 students abroad for an internship. So the first task was to get all these students home safely. Also there were many international study projects (both for students and staff) planned which had to be cancelled. And the students who were in Zwolle at that moment for their internship had to go back home.

Deltion College is expecting the crisis to have an impact on the international activities both in the mid and long term. “It will give an extra boost to activities within the spectrum of ‘internationalisation at home’ and our vision to deal more consciously with travel in the perspective of climate change.” Marit says that they expect that in the mid term the number of mobilities will drop because the impact on travel possibilities, the safety issues and because the impact of Corona on certain sectors will probably last quite long. “But it is good to put things in perspective. Also internship opportunities within our country will be affected for a while. The importance of internationalisation will increase even more, but the activities to achieve internationalisation might undergo some shifts.

“On personal-level, I think I’m basically a quite flexible person, when it comes to adapting to different circumstances. It is my passion to be open towards other cultures, national contexts and perspectives and discovering the underlying reason behind differences and similarities. And stimulating others in this ‘compassion’.”

However, Marit does confess that she misses the personal contacts a lot. She has also noticed, like so many of us, that digital meetings are more energy draining than physical meetings. “So at the end of a day full of Teams meetings I usually feel a bit in a daze. It is good to see that colleagues stay in good contact and we often use our camera which feels much more personal than only hearing each other’s voice. It is heart warming to see how much we support each other, both national and international partners.” Marit is holding regular video meetings with her international partners and is expecting this method of cooperating to stay permanently.

On a final note, Marit recommends starting your work day – if possible in your country/region – with a walk for about an hour. “This will give you a lot of positive energy for the rest of the day. ”

More information about The Dutch Alliance https://www.dutchalliance.nl/

Gradia at Swiss Conference of Directors of Vocational Schools (SCD)

Gradia’s internationalisation strategy, EMEU network and EfVET, both of which Gradia is a member, provided the topics for the key note speeches at this years Swiss VET directors conference in Olten, Switzerland on 16 January 2020.

The forum of the Swiss directors focused on the promotion of exchange and mobility and the role that vocational schools can play. Statistics showed the actual situation regarding activities around exchange and mobility at vocational schools to be less than desired. This allowed for a provisional appraisal of implementation of the vision of the federal government and cantons: that vision is for all young people to have a mobility experience during their initial and continuing education and training. From 2014-2019, vocational schools belonging to the SCD submitted between 30 and 50 % of all applications per call. Movetia, the Swiss NA, constructed an outlook for the future with regard to national, European and international mobility and cooperation. The Swiss perspectives were broadened, additionally, by the inputs regarding mobility and cooperation activities of the international guests from Finland, the Netherlands and Italy.

Gradia’s intervention dealt mainly with indicators for successful internationalisation strategies such as linking all activities to the general strategy and building strong, sustainable networks locally, regionally as well as on European and international level. In addition, a simple three-step process was suggested for all participating colleges for creating their own strategies for their own needs.

In addition to lively discussions and group work, Daniel Kehl, Director of GBS St. Gallen, one of the oldest partners of the predecessor to Gradia Jyväskylä, presented the ABC of internationalisation now available on the Movetia website:

https://www.sdk-csd.ch/de/abc-der-internationalisierung_0-244.html

Afrodite and Mate at SkyCafe

With my fellow-student, Máté Varga we had a chance to spend a 32-day work placement as cook trainees at Sky Cafe at Jyvaskyla, Finland. Here we had the opportunity to take an insight into the everyday working of a Finnish catering outlet, where we could learn something new each and every day.

We learnt how to make different types of salads, cakes and bread, how to fill up the buffet table and serve the guests in the bistro. All of our colleagues -students, teachers, mentors and the staff at the airport alike – were extremely helpful and kind with us. This was a huge possibility for us to improve our professional and language skills and we are very grateful for being able a part of the Erasmus+ experience.

Thank you all, kiitos!

Afrodité Vigh, Szeged,  Hungary

Stop and go with Dutch visitors

Correction to the heading: The programme the Dutch visitors presented is called Start and Go.

Gradia Guidance and Career Services hosted a 5-day visit (5-9 Nov) of a group of guidance and SEN staff from Arnhem region in the Eastern part of the Netherlands.

This visit was a continuation of a series of benchmarking activities between Gradia and Rijn Ijssel colleges since signing the Memorandum of Understanding in 2016. Thsi time Rijn Ijssel staff brought with them representatives also from their local cooperation partners from Astrum College and Mariendal secondary school.

The theme of the visit was the role of guidance especially at transition stages and preparing immigrants for further education. The visitors also gave two workshops: spotlight on VET in the Netherlands  and International Transition Classes (ITC) – educating students with immigration background.

On the last day of a very intensive visit it was the perfect time to reflect on the themes,  outcomes and possible impact of the benchmarking visit:

PERSONALISATION/ INDIVIDUAL LEARNING PATHS

  • Discipline of students (seems good)
  • Everything is clean
  • Thinking of possibilities
  • Not talking about problems but about challenges and individual goals
  • We (NL) have 4 levels in VET > Fnnish VET in one level but (learners) can end at different levels
  • Levels in the tasks ( not level of education)
  • Not time based but skills based

FLEXIBILITY

  • One stop guiding- very good idea
  • Guidance and career support in schools are doing it with same way ( even forms / paperwork)
  • The way counselling is organized between schools, together
  • Counselor system just for the education = separate tasks, integrated structured in all schools
  • Flexible system, outreach (over)  various (stages of) education
  • Lifelong learning
  • The relaxed attitude towards temporary drop-out “ it is ok, come back to education when you are ready”

DIFFERENT WAYS OF PROVIDING SUPPORT: lunch, selection, SEN

  • Surprising was the healthy food for everyone
  • Food in school, warm lunch sometimes also breakfast for free
  • The immigrants have 3-5 years time to integrate, learn the language and prepare themselves for further education
  • Selection system
  • Remarkable that the grades is the reason to get place in VET education
  • You (FI) have VET with special needs- we (NL) don’t!

The visitors were also asked to think about the impact of the visit on their own work – what might they do differently in the short or long-term?

TO DO SHORT-TERM

  • Stress less about students ( they’ll be okay) and trying to put less stress on students.
  • I want to coach more in nature, go for a walks with students.
  • Next Monday meeting : (disseminating ideas for)  inclusive education, stay in contact with Freek (Seuntiens)
  • Tell students they are needed in the labour market more.

The cooperation with continue in the spring of 2019 when three Gradia guidance counselors will visit Arnhem.

More information: Minna Ahokas (at)gradia.fi