International Mobility + Service-Learning

The purpose of the Erasmus+ project UNICORN (UNIversity COmmunity LeaRNing) will design and test a new Mobility Scheme for students that combines international mobility with a Service-Learning experience in the community.

The University of Bologna coordinates the 3 year Strategic Partnership project, that started in September 2019 and will end in August 2022.

The University of Antwerp, the University of Leipzig, Complutense University of Madrid and University College Cork are the European academic partners. The University of Pretoria (South Africa) is also a project partner, and will bring the added value of its 10-years expertise in implementing Service-Learning and community engagement projects, and in training academics and students for that purpose.

Each European institution works together with a community partner. UCSIA, the University Centre Saint-Ignatius Antwerp, is UAntwerp’s community partner.

Target Groups

Service Learning requires students to gain curricular credits by performing a community service that answers the needs of the community. Educational institutions and community organizations design S-L projects together, to which students are required to contribute by applying their knowledge and competences.

The main targeted groups of the UNICORN project are:

• students (undergraduate-graduate-PhD)
• academics
• community organizations and the local/global communities

For the University of Antwerp, the International Relations Office and the local Community Service Learning-team (Centre Pieter Gillis) are involved in the project. UAntwerp is leader of the Intellectual Output ‘Mobility Administrative Toolkit’ and will work out methodologies and guidelines to implement international Service-Learning experiences.

First Joint Staff Training Event goes virtual

The University of Antwerp and UCSIA will participate in a virtual Joint Staff Training Event and a Transnational Project Meeting from 30 November until 3 December 2020.