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Unite! launches mobility framework to streamline student exchange
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Facilitating student mobility between European universities is one of the key aims of the Unite! alliance. However, there are still a number of administrative hurdles facing students moving between universities. A recent report from Unite! outlines how to simplify administrative procedures, provide infrastructure support and ensure automatic recognition of credits for a better international student experience.

The report outlines a mobility framework that facilitates virtual, physical, and blended course formats. The framework aims to significantly enhance the educational experience for students across the Unite! alliance by providing them with more opportunities for mobility and access to a diverse range of courses, leading to graduates with a broader, more international perspective and skillset. 

At the heart of the framework is the "Framework Agreement for Flexible Education Offerings," which has been signed by all partner universities. The document sets out rules for the development and implementation of exchange studies delivered through various formats of short mobilities and addresses credit recognition, student status and simplified administrative procedures. Short mobilities are a complement to long-term physical mobility, offering a more inclusive option for student exchange.  

The agreement demonstrates the willingness among the Unite! universities to create new forms of educational offerings, integrate them into local procedures and reduce administrative barriers. By addressing administrative challenges and fostering cooperation among European universities, the framework supports the creation of a vibrant, inclusive, and dynamic educational environment that benefits students, faculty, and the broader academic  

The Framework Agreement is designed to be adaptable and open to revision, ensuring it remains relevant and effective in meeting the evolving needs of the Unite! alliance and its objectives. Its successful implementation depends on the support of the top level management of the Unite! partner universities, whose commitment is already demonstrated by their signing of the document. The agreement is the result of collaborative work undertaken to embed its implications internally to secure the administrative processes required for student mobility in relation to virtual and hybrid courses.