The event “Erasmus + Information day Centralized Actions in the Netherlands” has recently taken place in Utrecht with the attendance of over 50 professionals from a number of higher education institutions, and public and private organisations across the country. The program has focused on three centralised funding opportunities, as KA2 Knowledge Alliances, Erasmus Mundus Joint Masters, and Capacity Building, to present examples of successful projects and offer a forum for questions.
Arno Meerman (UIIN) and Ingrid van der Meer (University of Groningen) and Anna Silvius (University of Groningen) attended the Knowledge Alliances session as representatives of the WEXHE project consortium. This session was opened by Gilles Gervais of the European Committee who explained the application process of a Knowledge Alliance, its key features, funding and selection conditions, reflection about the results until know and the expected impact of Knowledge Alliances. Mr. Gervais session was followed by a presentation of Paul Beenen of the Hanze University of Applied Sciences about the recently selected project: ‘Communities of Practice for Healthy Lifestyle’. Mr. Beenen explained about the success factors of setting up a project application and explained that although an application may not be approved the first time, you can always learn from the feedback and try again.
The session about Knowledge Alliances was concluded with a presentation of Ingrid van der Meer and Arno Meerman about the WEXHE Project. Mrs. Van der Meer elaborated on the implementation of project WEXHE: its objectives, project activities and the project consortium, as well as elaborating about the obstacles in the first year and the learned lessons. Mr. Meerman spoke about the sustainability of the WEXHE Project and the possibilities of exploitation. He pointed out that a project consortium has to think ahead and have thoughts on sustainability and exploitation in an early phase of the project. Otherwise the outcomes of the project may disappear in a draw somewhere and that would be a shame. Anna Silvius attended this session to answer questions about the research outcomes of Project WEXHE research regarding work-based learning in the Netherlands.
Overall, the event was successful in providing participants a platform to exchange information on the mentioned actions, and develop a better understanding of the available opportunities.