Thanks to the ECHE award, according to its general objectives and priorities, MITA aims at taking full advantage from the Erasmus+ programme through two concrete actions (by identifying specific target groups and its expected results):
- Mobility for students and staff: Educational and working mobility projects for students and staff to develop soft skills, language competencies, and intercultural awareness as well as field-specific know-how, official recognition of career developments, and transnational personal and professional relations.
- Transnational cooperation for HEIs: Exchange and innovation projects with other HEIs and relevant public and private organisations in Europe and beyond to build organisational capacity and participate in / contribute to the European single market.
MITA sees the European Education Area as a key strategic opportunity for improving the quality of teaching, learning and vocational training, with the conviction that mobility activities and participation in international cooperation projects can, on the one hand, facilitate the process of modernisation and internationalisation of the Foundation and, on the other, to enable students to experience life on the move, developing soft skills, autonomy and self-determination, language learning and adaptation to cultures other than their own, and acquiring formal educational recognition and practical experience in the field of work of their own interest.
Consistently with its internationalisation and modernisation strategy, thanks to the Erasmus+ programme:
- collaborative partnerships will be developed transnationally in the European context and beyond;
- the quality of the didactic activities will benefit from the professional and personal development of its educational and administrative staff growing experience abroad;
- students and staff will be able to demonstrate and build their careers on officially recognised international professional opportunities.
Internationalization is intended as an opportunity to promote its network of relationships outside Italy and to renew its governance and teaching methods. MITA will identify its partners according to the indications of the Technical-Scientific Committee and its partnerships, and according to the objectives of the Region of Tuscany in the field of internationalization of the fashion sector.
MITA’s internationalization and modernisation strategy towards similar entities both in EU and non-EU countries sees the priority involvement of the following countries, both in terms of mobility programmes in the educational and training field, and for the development of cooperation projects: France, Spain, Portugal (identified according to production data in the fashion sector), Eastern European countries, Turkey, North Africa and Asia (based on market data on the phenomenon of production dislocation in the fashion sector), Canada and North America (according to import/export data).
The partners will be represented by higher education institutions (HEIs), holders of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021-2027, European institutions, associations, and companies in the fashion sector, with which the Foundation members have collaborations or which are part of their network of contacts.
The entire process is guaranteed by MITA through the actual full recognition of ECTS credits for study and internship activities (including the Italian “school-work alternation” system experiences) upon which the collaborations with partner institutions and organizations will be built throughout the implementation of the 2021-2027 Erasmus programme.
The MITA Foundation will establish inter-institutional agreements with Higher Education Institutions, public and private bodies and businesses, in order to implement mobility and cooperation projects:
- Development of mobility projects for study and internship as part of the two-year ITS courses, aimed at students and teaching and non-teaching staff, in collaboration with higher education institutions in other countries offering similar courses and other organisations, such as companies and other private entities, identified according to MITA’s internationalisation strategy.
According to the targets, MITA has the following priority objectives:
a. For students:
i. to develop key and transversal skills;
ii. to learn new foreign languages and increasing levels of linguistic competence;
iii. to develop empowerment, entrepreneurship and enterprise;
iv. to internationalise CVs;
v. to promote European citizenship, active participation of young people and intercultural competencies;
vi. to extend professional opportunities.
b. For the staff:
i. to increase the quality of teaching activities;
ii. to increase the professional skills of teachers and administrative staff;
iii. to increase the staff network;
iv. to develop international contacts aimed at strengthening teaching and joint projects;
v. to develop transversal skills and raising language skills;
vi. to internationalise CVs;
vii. experience European citizenship and develop intercultural attitudes.
- Development of international cooperation projects:
a. to foster international collaborative relationships in order to improve the system of higher technical and vocational training, teaching and learning;
b. to develop innovative methodologies;
c. to renew its governance and teaching methods.
The cross-cutting aims of the European and international cooperation projects that MITA intends to develop are the following:
- to improve its training offer and the quality of education;
- to internationalize its training curricula and professional profiles of students and staff;
- to extend the MITA Foundation’s network of contacts;
- expand international opportunities for students.
More specifically, MITA intends to expand its international network of partners by launching new initiatives with its countries of reference, according to the following priority objectives:
- development of international cooperation activities between Higher Education Institutes and enterprises, with particular interest in the following themes: digital competences, transversal competences, empowerment and entrepreneurship, development of specific competences for the handicraft and fashion sector, exchange of didactic and training methodologies, internationalization, strengthening of technical and professional competences;
- support and increase of collaboration activities for didactics, exchange of students, teaching staff; exchange of information, documentation and scientific publications;
- organization of international conferences, study meetings, seminars, courses;
- promotion of relations with the production system in the reference sector;
- strengthening relations between educational institutions and the business system;
- cooperation between companies and ITS for training and research projects.
In addition, for the implementation of international cooperation projects (EU and non-EU) under the Erasmus+ Programme, MITA ensures the availability of its experienced technical staff and external consultants and undertakes to implement the following actions:
- the definition of priority international strategies;
- the identification of potential partners;
- the definition of a Quality Assurance Plan;
- the definition of a Dissemination and Exploitation Plan;
- the participation in international meetings in order to exchange first contacts with potential partners;
- the organization of international meetings aimed at planning, learning and training, mobility and cooperation projects;
- the organization of international activities and the management of mobility and cooperation projects (activities at administrative and operational level);
- the coordination of students, teachers, administrative staff and external consultants involved in the projects, both incoming and outgoing;
- the management of any activity aimed at the recognition of international study and traineeship activities;
- the management and improvement of project dissemination activities;
- the management of monitoring and evaluation of the results of mobility and cooperation projects and their impact.
All activities related to international projects will be coordinated by an International Relations Office, which will give advice to staff and Board members of the Foundation and will be responsible for monitoring the effectiveness and efficiency of MITA offices in the implementation of international projects, according to the indications of the Quality Assurance Plan. The methodological framework in which the International Relations Office operates is the PM² standard, acknowledged and promoted by the European Commission.
By participating in the Erasmus programme, the MITA Foundation has the following expectations in terms of impact on the modernisation and internationalisation of its organisation:
- increased quality levels in teaching, with a view to providing MITA graduates with adequate preparation reflecting European training and professional needs, and in the training of European technical specialists;
- improved quality and relevance of higher education through MITA’s contribution to the development of mobility and cooperation projects, to the implementation and adaptation of degree programmes taking into account specific skills related to the needs of the European labour market;
- strengthened quality of training in order to facilitate the matching of students’ competences at the end of the training course with the opportunities and needs of the labour market;
- increased use of digital tools in teaching and administrative management;
- increased language skills of students and staff and promoted multilingualism through mobility projects, especially in countries where English is not the main language;
- improved skills of its teaching staff in order to increase the quality of their training offer or job satisfaction and the opportunities for their professional advancement;
- integrated higher education, research and the labour market for excellence and regional development, through MITA Foundation’s network and its specific configuration which already provides this integration, and which will be further expanded through European projects;
- improved governance of MITA through the creation of specialised offices with experienced staff responsible for all aspects of the modernization and internationalization of the Foundation;
- integrated project-based approach into the teaching and administrative work of the institute.
The indicators chosen to assess the contribution of participation in the Erasmus programme to the expected impact are broken down by project type:
◦ Number of completed mobility of students and staff per year.
◦ Number of partners (receiving/sending organisations).
◦ Degree of satisfaction of participants at the end of the mobility.
◦ Annual increase in the number of mobility/agreements in the 2021-2027 programme.
◦ Number of project proposals submitted.
◦ Increased relations with EU and non-EU bodies.
◦ Degree of involvement of the local community.
◦ Degree of satisfaction of participants in training/teaching/learning activities.
◦ Number of participants involved in the project activities.
◦ Degree of development of innovative teaching and management methodologies in the reference sectors.