EU Leonardo mobility project (HU/00/PL/205)
TIMETABLE of ACTIVITIES
(Prepared by the coordinator Peter Moson, Budapest University of Technology and Economics /BUTE/. This TIMETABLE contains the main activities related to the project objective: practical placements of Hungarian students in informatics and its extension carried out by the consortium, financed by Leonardo and Phare funds.)
Remark. This document can be found on the Internet as well. Some background information (minutes, project proposals, lists of participants etc.) available by hot word method completes it.
January 22-26, 2000. Hannover. Consortium meeting of TEMPUS UM JEP 13352/98. List of participants: Ch. Sol (CNAM, France), J-S. Chantome (Ingénieurs 2000, France), Th. Pfau (IBISTRA, Germany), A.K. Szalafayné, G. Füredi (Dunaferr - Danube Ironworks Co., Hungary), J. Simon (MIKOSZ, Hungary), F. Vörös /vice-rector, BUTE/, M. Perger, I. Varga, J. Lógó, P. Moson (BUTE). One of the decisions of the consortium (for more information please see the home page of the TEMPUS project http://tutor.nok.bme.hu):
Projects. Dr. Koch (Global Market, Initiative 21) presented a need in specialists in informatics of the German small and medium size enterprises. The consortium will investigate the creation of a project for these activities. Dr. Koch was invited for a visit to Hungary by BUTE and Dunaferr. Some other projects (related mainly to students' mobility) were discussed as well.
February, March 2000. Preparation and presentation of 2 Leonardo projects as the consequence of the decision at the Hannover meeting. Project 1. (mobility) Foreign training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs (INFGERM - MOBILITY). Project 2. (pilot) Alternative training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs in International cooperation (INFGERM). Besides some consortium members of the previous joint activities (CNAM, IBISTRA, Dunaferr, BUTE) another 2 Hungarian higher educational institutions (Budapest Polytechnics, Dunaújváros Polytechnics) and BITKOM (German Union of several thousands enterprises) were involved in the project.
June 2000. Project 1. (mobility) Foreign training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs (INFGERM - MOBILITY) was accepted. Application for additional Hungarian support (Phare Végfelhasználó Szerződés).
Project 2. (pilot) Alternative training of informaticians – prospective small entrepreneurs in International cooperation (INFGERM). The pre-proposal was accepted. A full proposal was presented.
The start of activities related to the realization of the mobility project.
Spring 2000. German chancellor G. Schroeder declared the need of his country in informaticians, and the corresponding administrative measures. This fact initiated political discussions in Central Europe (among others). The consortium underlined that these Leonardo projects could serve as a tool to avoid the brain-drain effects of the Schroeder's declaration.
September 1, 2000. The official beginning of the mobility project. The coordinating unit P. Moson, coordinator, Ms. Ildikó Varga, financial coordinator, Ms. Bernadett Németh , assistant) discussed the planned activities with the consortium members. Because of the lack of financial resources 2 consortium meeting were held (one for all Hungarian participants, another one /financed by other sources/ for foreign and some Hungarian participants).
October, 2001. Finalization of the representatives of consortium members and their responsibilities: Foreign team: Thomas Pfau /IBISTRA/, Francois Laulan /CNAM/, Mathias Weber /BITKOM/; Hungarian team: László Csink (Budapest Polytechnics), László Kadocsa (Dunaújváros Polytechnics), Gyula Csopaki (BUTE Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics), I. Varga - financial coordinator, B. Németh - assistant coordinator, Peter Moson - coordinator (BUTE coordination unit).
October 21-25, 2000. Bordeaux (F), Final Consortium meeting of TEMPUS UM JEP 13352/98. Among others the participation of IBISTRA, CNAM, Dunaferr, BUTE in the Leonardo project was discussed.
October 2000. The students of the 3 Hungarian higher educational institutions were informed about the project. The total number of students interested was 33 at this moment. A mailing list was created.
December 5, 2000. The project management, the representatives of IBISTRA met with the interested students. The details of the organizational process were discussed (presentation of students' profile, student - enterprise matching, preparatory activities /professional, language, communication etc./, organization of the placement /accommodation, travel, insurance etc./). Deadlines were determined (Dec. 11 for students profiles, end of December for enterprise profiles).
December, 2000. Extension to Central-Eastern European Universities (activity organized by CNAM and IBISTRA). As a part of this process Ch. Sol (CNAM), Th. Pfau (IBISTRA) and P. Moson (BUTE) visited Vilnius (Lithuania, Dec. 16-19, 2000). P. Moson presented the Hungarian experience to the Gediminas Technical University. It was decided to carry out similar activities in several CE countries and initiate projects. The Leonardo consortium shares its experience with the interested universities, enterprises.
Official information about the rejection of the pilot project application.
January 4, 2001. Meeting of the Hungarian consortium members. Participants: L. Csink, M. Dudás (Budapest Polytechnics), L. Kadocsa (Dunaújváros Polytechnics), Gy. Csopaki (BUTE Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics), I. Varga, B. Németh, P. Moson (BUTE coordination unit). The main questions discussed (See Minutes as well): Agenda:
1. Introduction of the project (consortium, objectives, finances, contractual period, related projects)
2. Report on the activities carried out by January 4, 2001.
3. Discussion and proposal about the financial conditions and administration.
4. Discussion and proposal about the language training of the participants.
5. Discussion about the selection process, planning the further steps (especially the follow up of students' work abroad).
January (weeks 1-2), 2001. Detailed study, discussion of student and enterprise profiles.
January 15, 2001. Meeting of the Hungarian consortium members. Final decision about the selection of students.
January 19, 2001. Presentation of a new Leonardo mobility project based on the successful cooperation. A new country (Sweden, partner enterprises) was involved in this project.
January 19-21, 2001. Bakonybél, Hungary. The coordination unit discussed with Dr. Pfau the current (mainly organizational) problems, as the official signing of conventions, how to obtain the German visas etc.
January (weeks 3-4), 2001. Preparation of the placements (conventions, accommodation, travel, insurance etc.) by different communication lines (email, phone, fax, DHL, personal delivery of documents /e.g. German Embassy/ etc.).
January, 2001. Preparatory German language course (Professor: Ms. Palma Szebenyi). See also report.
February 2001. 19 Hungarian students began the practical placement in Germany (11 Dunaújváros Polytechnics, 5 BUTE, 3 Budapest Polytechnics).
March 5, 2001. Meeting of the Hungarian consortium members.
Evaluation of the selection process, the start of the placements of the first 19 students. Finalization of the tutorship type activities.
Preparation of the placements of the remaining 11 students.
Deadlines for different (professional, organizational, financial activities (see Minutes).
March 22-26, 2001. Visit of the project coordination unit (Pfau, Varga, Moson) unit to German enterprises.
Aim of the visit: 19 students (11 DUP, 5 BUTE, 3 BPT) began their practical placements in Germany 6 weeks ago. The delegation visited the enterprises and the students to summarize the first impressions of both sides, to formulate proposals, modifications (short and long term) for the improvement of further activities.
General evaluation: The students carry out their activities in normal (sometimes very good) conditions (workplace and accommodation as well). The enterprises are content in general with the knowledge and working activity of the students. They plan a long term participation in these projects.
Proposals formulated during the discussions:
Proposals of the project management related to the topics above:
To discuss the question of copyright and confidentiality at the consortium meeting (using the experience of CNAM, Dunaferr), to prepare a proposal for all participants.
April 2001. Normal work of the project: regular transfer of scholarships to the students, permanent communication among the consortium members (main topics: consortium meeting, information material about the higher educational institutions, collecting documents of new candidates, preparation of the tutors' visits to the students etc.), financing of the activities listed.
May 19-21. Consortium Meeting. Ricsováry Major, Hungary. Midterm evaluation of the activities carried out in the project. Discussion of tasks related to the 2nd group of students. Meeting wit the representatives of German enterprises, Budapest, May 21-22, 2001. (The activities of the 2 consequent meetings will be summarized together).
The coordinator (P. Moson) presented the main activities of the project: 19 students (11 DUP, 5 BUTE, 3 BPT) started their practical placements in February followed a professional and language preparation. The students were visited by the German and Hungarian project managers in March, and by university tutors in May. All sides (enterprises, higher educational institutions, students) are satisfied by the results. The coordinator formulated the tasks of the nearest future: finalize the presentation of higher educational institutions, use the document prepared for enterprises. The representative of CNAM was asked for the internal evaluation of the activities.
The financial coordinator (I. Varga) informed about the financial situation. To finance the stay of the 2nd group of students (another 11, the start is planned for July 15, 2001) the project needs the second installment of the Leonardo support. It was decided to present the Intermediate report as soon as possible. All documents needed for this report (invoices, plane tickets etc.) should be sent to the project management by MAY 30, 2001.
The German coordinator (Th. Pfau) presented in detail the work done by IBISTRA and BITKOM. About 1600 information letters were sent to the enterprises. By this moment approximately 200 answers arrived. It was a hard task to organize the selection process, to create the organizational (accommodation, meals, travel etc. ) and administrative (e.g. visa, permissions) conditions. However this work has been carried out well. Dr. Pfau agreed that all participants were satisfied with the project. Based on the experience he proposed to begin the organizational process earlier, to increase the participation of the enterprises in the selection, to offer a "social introduction" (cultural differences) besides the professional and language training. He asked (on behalf of the enterprises) the cancellation of the "break" in the students' work related to some educational obligations. It was decided (when it is possible) to begin the placement of the 3rd group (financed by a new Leonardo project INFTRAIN) in January 1, 2002 (instead of mid February), then it will be over by the end of May, and the students can satisfy these obligations in June.
The consortium considered the questions formulated after the visit of the management unit to Germany:
"To invite the interested enterprises for a selection meeting in the end of May": This visit was carried out on May 21-22, 2001. The 3 representatives of German enterprises (BITKOM members) met 18 students interested in the training, presented their enterprises. The students presented themselves (in English or German) prepared their cv, filled a questionnaire (all this documentation was given to these enterprises, and will be sent to others as well). The common part of the meeting was followed by individual discussions. The participating enterprises will declare about their willingness in a 1 week term. According to the plans the next 11 students will start their practical placement on July 15, 2001.
"To begin the language training as soon as possible, when the candidates are collected (before the selection procedure)". The language training was started at the beginning of May (2 groups: beginner and advanced).
"To ask the representatives of higher educational institutions to prepare a short document about the characteristic of their training in informatics (with indications how one can get more information)". A preliminary variant has been prepared.
"To discuss the question of copyright and confidentiality at the consortium meeting (using the experience of CNAM, Dunaferr), to prepare a proposal for all participants." The consortium members shared their experience, how they guarantee the confidentiality of diploma works prepared at an enterprise in the competitive sector. The CNAM will send a copy of the corresponding document used by its institutions. It was declared that there existed good solutions both in EU and Hungary.
Another elements of the meeting. The participants commented the previous questions, summarized their activities. Some important elements: · A. Szalafay presented the document (written in German) about the experience of Dunaferr, suggestions to participating enterprises. · Gy. Csopaki informed about his visit to Germany. (Good impressions, possible Ph.D.) · M. Seebauer presented the new 3+1 year curriculum of BPT (3 years academic studies + 1 year cooperative studies at industry). The possibility of the integration into the project will be investigated. · J-S. Chantome underline the necessity of "formalization" of the project, of the services offered (e.g. similarly to the CNAM prepare a PRACTICAL GUIDE containing: general description, objectives; details of the different processes needed for participants (selection, accommodation, visa, permission etc.), benefits for partners (with some new ideas: enterprises: more emphasis on university tutorship, students: reference letter / certificate from enterprise / project). This is especially important if the consortium wants to continue the activities in reduced Leonardo conditions. · P. Szebenyi informed about the language training, the importance of which was underlined.
June, Mid July 2001.
The placement of the 1st group of students was over. Some problems appeared at CoDeMa (Berlin). They will be evaluated later after the end of detailed studies.
According to the decision of the Consortium meeting in May the preparation of the 2nd group of students was began. 6 conventions have been signed for the remaining 11 places (1 student will begin the practical placement on July 16, 1 on July 23, another 3 on Aug 3, there are some visa problems because of the Rumanian citizenship of the 6th student). 4 students will begin the placement probably on September 1st. On July 2nd Dr. Pfau (IBISTRA) visited Budapest and met the candidates.
The Intermediate report of the Leonardo project and the Phare support report were presented.
September 17, 2001. Meeting of the Hungarian consortium members of projects INFGERM and INFTRAIN. Participants: L. Csink, M. Seebauer (Budapest Polytechnics), L. Kadocsa (Dunaújváros Polytechnics), Gy. Csopaki (BUTE Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics), I. Varga, B. Németh, P. Moson (BUTE coordination unit). The main questions discussed:
INFTRAIN project. The contracts (both Leonardo and Phare) have been signed. The revised budget and activity plan follows the decisions accepted at the Consortium meeting (May 19-21, 2001). Some (small) changes were proposed based on the experience obtained in the last months (e.g. the start of mobility is pushed to mid January, as we had management type problems /e.g. with visas/, summer holiday at the companies in Germany, and probably it would be the same in the Christmas period. Main elements: 1. Time duration 18 months, official start: October 1, 2001. 2. Number of students involved 22, 20 in Germany (accepted), 2 in Sweden (under discussion). 3. Distribution of total budget (approximately 100.000 EURO): 80% students mobility, 20 % preparation, follow up, evaluation, management costs. A detailed variant has been given to the consortium members. 4. Timetable of activities in 2001 (there is a more detailed one in Hungarian). Student recruitment (05.10.01), need of enterprises (01.11.01), contracts (15.12.01), start of language courses, cultural preparation (24.10.01), organization of travel (15.12.01 - 05.01.02), start of placements January 15, 2002, end June 14, 2002. 5. Some new methodological elements: the higher educational institutions will prepare a priority list of their students candidates for the mobility, more information will be given about the discipline at work place, a project presentation day will be organized during the visit of Dr. Pfau (IBISTRA) to Budapest with the participation and presentation of students involved earlier in the mobility, the institutions are asked for the follow up of activities (academic and carrier) of the project participants. 6. A Consortium Meeting will be held in Hungary in the period JANUARY 17-21, 2002.
INFGERM project. Another 9 students have started (7) or will start in these days (2) their 5 months practical placements. The preparation, management activities has been modified based on the evaluation of the 1st group (19 students). In general the project is carried out successfully. A prolongation of the project deadline will be asked (for the realization of the remaining 2 mobilities). In case of acceptance these visits will be organized together with the students of new INFTRAIN project, and under the same conditions.
OTHERS. The Hungarian consortium members considered the question of continuation of joint activities, the use of results of other Leonardo projects (e.g. MESIPA pilot project). The final decisions will be taken at the meeting in January 2002-
September 25, 2001. Budapest. Information meeting for the Hungarian students, candidates of projects INFGERM and INFTRAIN. Participants: Th. Pfau (IBISTRAS, Germany), M. Seebauer (Budapest Polytechnics), L. Kadocsa (Dunaújváros Polytechnics), Gy. Csopaki (BUTE Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics), I. Varga, B. Németh, P. Moson (BUTE coordination unit), 32 students (BUTE, Dunaújváros Polytechnics). The main objective of the meeting was to present the projects to the new students of the 3 involved higher educational institutions (BudapestPolytechnics students were not present, they will be informed by Ms. Seebauer).
P. Moson (coordinator) opened the meeting and summarized the activities of the consortium, which had been carried out for 6 years. He informed about the general conditions of participation (see September 17, 01).
Th. Pfau analyzed in detail the experience obtained during the placement of the first 19 students. He stated that the placements were organized successfully in general, but some elements (knowledge of German language, more disciplined satisfaction of all elements of the contract with enterprises) should be developed further. He talked about the current problems of the German IT market (1/4th of enterprises has been bankrupted in this year). Dr. Pfau underlined that because of this situation the enterprises are interested only in motivated, well prepared young specialists. However he informed that about 10 PME declared their interest in the participation.
Ildiko Varga informed about the financial conditions. The scholarship will be 1300DM/month (it comes from 3 sources: Leonardo, Phare, enterprise own contribution). The project covers 1 travel (max. 300 EURO), and the insurance costs.
2 participants of the spring practical placements (G. Kiss, J. Vinceller - Multimedia Software GmbH, Dresden) shared their experience with the new students. Among others they mentioned that besides the work they took part in language and professional training as well. They thanked Dr. Pfau for the local (German) organization and regular follow up of the placements.
The 3 university coordinators (Mr. Csopaki, Mr. Kadocsa and Ms Seebauer) informed about the professional side (e.g. diploma work abroad) and the results of their visits to the German companies.
The presentations were followed by an active discussion.
Important deadlines for the students: cv - as soon as possible, start of German courses: October 24. More details (in Hungarian).
October, 2001. According to the decision of the Consortium Meeting in Lajosmizse a project prolongation letter was sent by the coordinator on October,16, 2001 to the Leonardo authorities. The Hungarian National Leonardo Office has modified the deadline of the end of the project. The new deadline is May 31, 2002. As the number of students - candidates is 35 for the remaining 3 INFGERM and 20 INTRAIN mobility, the project probably can be fully realized. The German language training of the students has started.
November 6, 2001. The CNAM presented a document (in French) evaluating the activities of the project, and containing suggestions for the further development.
November 2001. Conferences.
November 8-9, 2001. Leonardo Evaluation Conference. Budapest. In the plenary lecture "Role of Hungarian Partners in the Projects of Foreign Coordinators" by Ms. N. Imre the activities of BUTE (and the Infgerm project) were mentioned as a good practice.
November 22, 2001. Hungarian TEMPUS Foundation. Higher Education Information Day. The coordinator presented (text in Hungarian)the experience of the consortium in Leonardo mobility projects.
November 30, 2001. UNESCO, Paris. The coordinator took part at the conference: "PLACEMENTS ABROAD: STRATEGIES AND SYSTEMS" IAESTE France. P. The conference document contained the printed variant of the "PRACTICAL GUIDE", developed in the framework of MESIPA Leonardo project where BUTE was among the consortium members (for the full electronic version see: www.cefi.org ).
November 30, 2001. P. Moson met Mr. F. Laulan (CNAM) in Paris. The Leonardo .projects (both in realisation /INFGERM, INFTRAIN/ and in preparation /AETE, EU network of alternative training offering institutions/ stages) were discussed.
December 2001. Presentation of statistics about the project by the request of Hungarian Leonardo Officve. Permanent consultations (personal, phone, email) among the consortium members, mainly in 2 topics:
1. Because of different reasons the practical placements will start in spring later then planned. The institutions and the candidates were informed about this fact. Everybody has accepted the new deadlines (e.g. in case of BUTE it is the first week of February 2002).
2. The preparation of the new, 3rd, Leonardo project (INF3).
January 17-20, 2002. Consortium meeting in Zebegény, Hungary. The consortium members (CNAM /Fr/, Ibistra /D/, Dunaferr, BPT, DUP, BUTE /H/) will be represented. The program:
1. Discussion of new elements in the common activities (e.g. follow up of the carrier of previous participants, delivery of a special certificate, supplement to the diploma).
2. Current issues related to the start of the 3rd large group of placements (22 students).
3. Evaluation, future plans.
4 . Others.
Participants. Representatives of Consortium members: IBISTRA (Th. Pfau), CNAM (J-S. Chantome), BPT (M. Seebauer), DPT (L. Kadocsa), DUF (T. Zupko), BUTE (Gy. Csopaki, A. Penninger). Others (management /P. Moson, B. Nemeth, I. Varga/, students, etc.).
Jan. 17. Distribution of documentation (INFGERM, INTRAIN Timetables, INF3 Leonardo project, other information materials /map of the site, program etc./).
Jan. 18. Discussion (plenary and individual) of the 3 Leonardo mobility projects presented by the consortium. General description of the situation: There is an important and increasing interest on the students' side toward the placements. Because of the world crisis on the ICT market (in Germany 1/2 of the SMEs finished their activities) it is complicated to find enterprises corresponding to the educational program (especially in this period: start of the new year, holidays etc). Decisions:
1. INFGERM. To send to Germany 5 or 6 students (web designers, electrical engineers, if it is possible from BPT) as soon as possible, as the end of the project is May 31, 2002. The number of students was increased form 2 to 5-6 because of some remaining finances.
2. INFTRAIN. To start the activities of the project with about 5 students. Consider the inclusion of non-standard (not in spring) training periods if there is an enterprise need.
3. INF3. The main ideas of the new Leonardo project (presented on January 18, 2002) were discussed. The consortium applied for the support of 18 practical placements in 2003-04.
Jan. 19. Discussion of new common activities of the consortium, development of cooperation. Main topics:
1. FOLLOW UP. It has been decided to start a follow up procedure both of participating enterprises and students of the project (by this time about 30 students finished their placements at ca. 10 enterprises). Method short questioners combined with a service offer. Enterprises: Th. Pfau, students: management.
2. CERTIFICATE. As the objective is to include the training into the academic program of the participating institutions (credit points, cooperative semester etc.), and it is the reality in most of cases, it was decided not to create a special certificate. A format of a "Reference Letter" will be prepared for enterprises.
3. DISSEMINATION. The results of the project were disseminated by all consortium members see e.g. this timetable). Everybody is asked to inform about these activities the management.
4. EXTENSION. It was decided to investigate the need of enterprises in other engineering students (e.g. mechanical engineers9, partly because of the crisis at the informatics maket.
5. STRUCTURE. About 100 BUTE students took part last year at foreign practical placements (partly co-financed by EU Leonardo program). The question of creation of some kind of university Central Office (similarly to several EU higher educational institutions) has been investigated. Based on the information collected from the Hungarian Leonardo Office (by Gy. Csopaki) about the probable development of the program in Hungary the consortium will present a proposal toward the direction of the university.
6. SMALL ENTERPRISE CREATION. BUTE joined the EPICEE Leonardo pilot project (presented for January 18, 2002) as a partner institution. The aim of the project is to help final year students to join the work market, to create their own small enterprise. It was decided that in case of successful application the results will be applied for the participants of these mobility projects.
7. OTHERS. The consortium was informed about other university-enterprise related activities (AETE project in alternating education, INEER International Network in Engineering Education, Research - www.ineer.org , MESIPA Leonardo pilot project "Evaluation of foreign practical placements" - its results will be used in the INF projects).
Next regular consortium meeting will be on January 16-19, 2003.
1 student started the practical placement in the framework of INFGERM project. Gy. Csopaki (BUTE, Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Informatics) met the German coordinator in Germany. The question of delay in the realization of activities in INFTRAIN project were discussed. The coordinator worked out new plans for the summer period, and informed about them the partners.
In the March issue of the Hungarian Leonardo Magazine a paper presenting the INF projects was published (pp. 5 -6).
BUTE joined the LeoNet (Leonardo Network). LeoNet is a network of over 79 organizations in 19 countries, all of them charged with academic mobility within the European. vocational training program LEONARDO DA VINCI. It was founded in 1999 and initiated at the EAIE Maastricht the same year. At the EAIE in Leipzig, Germany, in December 2000 it was set into operation. Advantages of joining LeoNet: As a member of Leonet one gets access to the resources of exchange experiences by e.g. ask questions concerning students placements, place job offers etc.
April 11-14, 2002. The coordinator (P. Moson) took part at the LeoNet Workshop, Eindhoven, The Netherlands (Title : Leonardo mobility projects "Project Management and Reporting"). The workshop presented the different methods used by eligible countries in the management of decentralized EU Leonardo mobility projects (which are really different, e.g. in Austria private companies representing several universities organize the whole process of the placements /from the project presentation to the selection, technical organization/, or in Poland the university has its own Leonardo Office). The participants were informed about some current information as well. The workshop gave a possibility for personal contacts with project managers of other countries (e.g. from Germany, Sweden interested in the INF projects). The coordinator discussed the cooperation with several participants.
April-May, 2002. The coordinator asked the participating 3 Hungarian higher educational institutions to present new students profiles for the summer - fall placements. The profiles were presented to foreign partners, enterprises.
May 7, 2002. Visit of Dr. Pfau to Budapest. Discussion of further development, selection of enterprises, presentation of Hungarian candidates ' cv.
June 23-25, 2002. Tiszaug, Hungary. Consortium meeting. Participants: Th. Pfau (IBISTRA), F. Laulan (CNAM), L. Kadocsa (DUP), I: Varga, B. Nemeth, P. Moson (BUTE), G. Kassai (student). P. Levendovszky, K. Madl (BUTE) were informed about the results of the meeting on the following day. Main events (short summary).
EVALUATION of the current state of art of the joint work:
INFGERM project has been successfully carried out. The management will prepare the final report for the deadline (September 30, 2002).
IFTRAIN. 3 students have started their placements. New methods (new enterprises identified by IBISTRA, CNAM, LeoNET network, direct partners of the higher educational institutions, students' contacts etc.) are in process of introduction to increase the number of placements.
INF3. The project has been accepted by the Hungarian Leonardo Office. The signature of the contract is in process. Number of students involved is 15. The planned time of practical placements is Spring 2003.
CURRENT TASKS: The main task is to identify new enterprises (mainly German, but French, Swedish are allowed as well, all partners), new students profiles (higher educational institutions).
FURTHER PLANS. F. Laulan presented a new variant of the AETA Leonardo pilot project related to the alternative (sandwich) type education. The ideas were discussed. Following a discussion a more active participation of Hungary (higher education and enterprises) is proposed, and some widening of the objectives to the investigation of the effects related to the Bologna declaration, European Educational Area. Other possible common Leonardo projects (teachers' training, evaluation, and especially validation of practical experience based on the know-how of CNAM) were discussed. After further investigation L. Kadocsa may propose a cooperation in these fields.
September, October 2002. Return of the last students from practical placements. Preparation of Final report and Finnacial Tables of the project, presentation to the Hungarian Leonardo Office.