The University of Limerick has been shortlisted for the EAIE Institutional Award for Innovation in Internationalisation.
Every year, EAIE (the European Association for International Education) seeks to recognise a European higher education institution that demonstrates institutional best practice within a European context. EAIE is the acknowledged European centre for expertise, networking and resources in the internationalisation of higher education.
The successful institution must demonstrate innovative practices in international education within the last five years, with tangible outcomes. The main aim of the award is to highlight outstanding practices that further the internationalisation of higher education.
As this year marks the 30th anniversary of the Erasmus programme, special consideration is being given to nominees that demonstrate innovation in the area of Erasmus exchange.
The University of Limerick has the largest Erasmus programme in Ireland, and has made unprecedented progress in the last 5 years in internationalising the University through innovative institutional practices. As a result, one in three UL undergraduate students spend a semester overseas, and International students have voted UL 1st in Ireland for social and cultural student integration (and 6th globally), as well as 1st in Ireland for campus environment.
Some of the innovative initiatives introduced by UL in recent years include:
- An Academic Literacy Module worth 3 ECTS credits
- Cultural Awareness Workshops for new postgraduate class cohorts
- A module on Internationalisation for academic staff on the Graduate Diploma in Teaching, Learning and Scholarship
- New Assistant Deans International positions in each Faculty.
- The launch of an International Activity Challenge Fund
- International Alumni Ambassadors in priority countries
These initiatives build on the structure, established 30 years ago, of integrated and fully recognised Erasmus study and work placements, a full cohort of Academic Coordinators per subject area and a strong network of international partner universities. UL has 422 partnership agreements, 113 of which have been signed in the last 5 years.