SUDTE Report On Desk Research
The Project has 6 intellectual outputs (IOs). The first IO will provide the first systematic mapping of the status of digitization in the HEIs of the countries involved in the project. The primary purpose of the output is to develop a shared understanding of the existing situation in HEIs associated with digitalization, under the framework of Erasmus+ Programme. To develop the first systematic mapping within this context, a comprehensive survey will be conducted to all relevant stakeholders involved in the Erasmus Mobility Programme in HEIs. Through this survey, it will be possible to gather fresh data on the state of play, find out the strategic development areas and highlight the challenges in digital transformation. The current report concerns the first deliverable of this first intellectual output of the SUDTE project.
The first step in the project is this desk research which is prepared to set the framework and guide the consortium partners. It aims to assist the understanding of the current approaches in methods of handling the Erasmus Mobilities at the universities. This preliminary investigation will reveal a wider research and policy context and ensure that the mapping exercise is based on firm evidence. The main areas for this desk research were identified through the extensive discussions between the partner universities, the Turkish National Agency and the European University Foundation.
The third section of the Desk research presents the results of the interview that has been issued among the international relations offices of the Consortium Beneficiaries. The aim of this interview is to determine the means of Erasmus mobility management that the different HEIs may have. This would enable to highlight the possible challenges and issues that different software users have in the new digital era. The prepared questions form one of the vital sources on which it was prepared and an important point as the technical infrastructure of Erasmus Mobility management among the consortium Beneficiaries.
As a result of this comprehensive study, a number of hypotheses have been formed to be examined. These hypotheses will be investigated by a multidimensional survey which will be conducted in different HEIs in different countries. The results will be then turned into a visual map to easily compare the digital readiness of HEIs.
Digital Transformation Readiness of National Agencies based on the SUDTE Survey
National Agencies play a crucial role in managing and implementing the ESCI at the national level. In order to make specific recommendations on the digital process at the national level and help facilitate each phase of the digitization process, The European Commission has asked national agencies to appoint digital officers. This appointment has showed that the commission has also expectations from NAs during the transformation process. Because digitisation process brings new challenges, NAs should determine a road map, for universities and inform them each stage of the digitisation process. National Agencies provide information about the Erasmus+ program, its opportunities, and application procedures to institutions, individuals, and other stakeholders in their respective countries. They promote the program’s benefits and encourage participation. NAs will be responsible for providing the coordination of the institutions and have a key role to determine the status of digital readiness of HEIs in the integration process. Therefore, NAs should follow current status of HEIs in relation to their digital transformation process.
In order to find out how prepared the National Agencies for this overarching initiative are, a survey study was conducted with the 6 participants from Türkiye, Italy and Spain. Four main question categories were determined for the data to be collected from the target group including; Policy, Legal and Privacy Issues, Technical Infrastructure, Digital Skills and Coordination and Motivation.
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