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Policy Recommendations and guidelines

The European University Foundation (EUF) leads the fourth intellectual output (IO4) in close cooperation with the Erasmus Student Network (ESN). IO4 translates the first three intellectual outputs into concrete policy recommendations and guidelines to maximise the impact and ensure the continuous dissemination of the project outcomes beyond the project’s lifetime.

A handbook for higher education students. 

ALVES Helena, DI MARZO Paola, Higher Education Student's Handbook to travel green, European University Foundation and Erasmus Student Network, 2022.
  • This document contains infographics with key facts on transport-related CO2 emissions generated by mobile students when going abroad on mobility, an overview of the actions that students can take before, during and after their mobility abroad to minimise and offset their Erasmus-related CO2 footprint, and guidelines on how to use and take advantage of the CO2 visualisation tool created in IO2.
  • It helps students to make more conscious and environmentally-friendly decisions regarding their means of transport when going on mobility abroad and provides them with the means to visualise their CO2 footprint, minimise it and eventually offset it. This constitutes a first step towards sustainable internationalization of higher education.  

Guidelines for higher education institutions (HEIs)

TERZIEVA Viktoriya, ALVES Helena, Guidelines for Higher Education Institutions towards more Sustainable Cooperation, European University Foundation, 2022.
  • The aim of this document is to provide HEIs with sufficient information in order to not only help students make their mobility more sustainable by encouraging them to use the visualisation tool, but also to ensure that transnational partnerships and collaboration between institutions are implemented in the most environmentally friendly possible way.
  • The guidelines include key information based on the research done during the project. The guidelines incorporate the relevant link to the CO2 visualisation tool to encourage its uptake by staff. The document contains a section addressing higher education staff involved in the management of Erasmus student mobility (KA1) to help them to guide exchange students into using the CO2 visualisation tool.

Policy recommendations

TERZIEVA Viktoriya, ALVES Helena, Erasmus Goes Green Policy recommendations, European University Foundation, 2022.
  • This document consists of policy recommendations that inform decision-makers on how  to promote environmentally-friendly internationalisation by proposing changes to the Erasmus+ programme that help to lower its CO2 footprint. 
  • Policy recommendations are targeted at policy-makers in charge of the management of the Erasmus programme at both the central (DG EAC and EACEA) and decentralised level (Erasmus+ National Agencies), as well as decision makers within HEIs, student associations and Ministries of Education and tourism boards.
  • The recommendations distill the research carried out during the project into concrete suggestions of the changes that can be implemented to make the management of the Erasmus+ programme more sustainable across its three key actions in the higher education sector, indicating how this complements the initiatives that DG EAC is already leading, such as top-ups for those students travelling by train.

The handbook, guidelines and the policy recommendations will be presented and discussed during the final conference of the project in October 2022.