Students as well as staff will be able to do exchanges at the other TruMotion universities much easier than under current programs. The strong cooperation between the universities promises a more smooth organization and easier recognition of credits.
The TruMotion universities understand mobility as Long-term and short-term
physical mobility, and virtual exchange. Semesters and internships abroad as
well as smmer schools are in the TruMotion work program. Virtual Exchange
formats will comprise of shared classrooms, lecture recordings, e-exams and
many more aspects which will be further developed by the TruMotion Virtual
Exchange Competence Center (VECC) in Thessaloniki.
TruMotion is in the process of building study programs on the Bachelor and Master level, which will be customisable for the students, who will be mobile between the TruMotion partner universities. The degree programs will be multilingual. This means that the student an study in their original university's language as wll as English. Also, the student is required to study the language of the host Institution, when they go abroad. This language policy ensures inclusivity and excellence simultaneously.
TruMotion offers various opportunities to researchers on all career levels to exchange ideas, develop formats and to conduct their own research. TruMotion thereby focuses on research on so-called "second cities", which are not the capital of each nation state, but are comparatively diverse, economically successful and socially cohesive.
The TruMotion partner universities have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to build a Co-tutelle process with less red tape. That means they are trying to build the administrative and academic structures to enable graduate students to be supervised by two professors at universities at different TruMotion universities.
TruMotion universities are planning to build a cutting-edge digital infrastructure to enable the institutions to exchange knowledge and harmonise their administrative processes. Therefore, students and academic as well as non-academic staff will be able to move smoothly between TruMotion partner universities. At their home institutions, they will be able to participate in programs to collaborate bottom-up (e.g. virtual Working out Loud). At regular intervals, the university populations will be included in the discussion on TruMotion and what it should be and mean.
Illustrations: Maya Hatsukano
The governance model of TruMotion is based on the principles of cooperation, mutual learning through exchange and a clear division of labour between the governing bodies. We see our governance as modelled after the successful example of the EU – an ever closer union of universities: The Board of Governors consists of the Rectors/Presidents of each university and representatives of the Associate Partners. The Executive Board consists of five Vice Presidents/Rectors of each TruMotion university and the five heads of the International Offices (IO). The Executive Board elects a Speaker, who represents TruMotion to the European Commission and the outside world. The TruMotion Assembly brings together 15 student and 15 non-student representatives. Each partner decides for themselves, how to appoint the student representatives. In a predefined decision making process, these bodies take decisions on the strategic direction of TruMotion. They cooperate closely with the TruMotion Secretariat, which includes the Secretary General (= the manager of the project) and his or her assistant. The TruMotion Secretary General holds meetings every three months and cooperates closely with Working Groups. The Working Groups are formed after each topic in the Working Packages and are made up of five academics, two students, and an external stakeholder for quality assurance. The external stakeholder is appointed by the head of the respective Working Group and is chosen by his or her qualification level for the respective Working Package topic. The TruMotion Secretary General manages communication flows and timeliness of deliverables.
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