ENGAGE STUDENTS – Promoting social responsibility of students by embedding service learning within HEIs curricula


Project no.: 2018-1-RO01-KA203-049309

Project description:

The project general objective is to empower the social dimension of higher education by increasing its relevance for society through embedding service-learning as a common pedagogical approach within education and research practice.
The project specific objectives are as follows:
– to explore the existing methodology of service-learning and other forms of community-related learning and research
– to develop a methodological toolkit and a pedagogical workbook to be used by teachers
– to build the critical mass of knowledge and resources in partner HEIs in order to foster the use of service learning and other community-related learning methodologies.

Project funding:

The European Union programme Erasmus+

Project results:

The following intellectual outputs, learning/teaching/training activities and multiplier events will be developed/organized during the project lifetime:
– IO1: Needs analysis in the local communities
– IO2: Service learning methodology toolkit
– IO3: Workbook “How to do service learning”
– IO4: Report on students’ experiences and lessons learned on service learning
– Teachers’ training week on service learning – AT (C1)
– Summer School about service learning – PT (C2)
– National matching workshops (E1-E6) – Reports on
– Final Conference “University Meets Local Communities” – RO (E7)
Other results that will be produced within the above outputs, activities and events are as follows:
– Web-tool for community engagement and service learning (IO1)
– Online student blog – 6 national versions
– 6 Reports of the National matching workshops (E1-E6)
– Training materials for Teachers’ training week on service learning (C1) and Summer School about service learning (C2)
– Proceedings of the final conference “University Meets Local Communities” (E7)
Results which are not listed in the sections for intellectual outputs, learning/teaching/training activities and multiplier events will be as follows:
– Project management handbook
– Evaluation and quality assurance plan
– Dissemination and Exploitation plan
– Project web portal
– Newsletters
– Scientific papers
– Other dissemination materials
Also, the project will contribute to the societal goal of increasing the relevance of higher education institutions (HEIs) for their local communities and labour market through:
– enhanced student employability
-increased HE teachers‘ ability to implement innovative teaching concepts
– increased matching between community needs and HEIs education and research provision
– increased awareness of local communities stakeholders regarding their role in socio-political processes and in solving local problems.

Period of project implementation: 2018-09-01 - 2021-09-30

Project coordinator: University Polytechnica of Bucharest

Project partners: University of Porto, University of Vienna, Trinity College Dublin, SAPIENZA UNIVERSITY OF ROME

Vaida Pilinkienė

2018 - 2021

Academic Centre of Economics, Business and Management, School of Economics and Business