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EURIAC has created the structure for a Memorandum of Understanding

 

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The vocational education partners in the EURIAC project has created and signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that states the conditions and principles of the mobility exchanges that will be conducted with students within the scope of the project. The Memorandum of Understanding will also be used for subsequent rounds of mobility exchanges in the future.
 
MoU is an agreement 
A Memorandum of Understanding is a document describing a bilateral or multilateral agreement between parties. It is often used in cases where parties either do not imply a legal commitment or in situations where the parties cannot create a legally enforceable agreement. It is a more formal alternative to a gentlemen's agreement.

A method to improve the relationship
In the EURIAC project, the MoU is used to formalize the mutual trust process among the involved partners and to clarify agreement principles. The MoU establishes a mutual understanding of the responsibilities and requirements imposed on the involved partners. The responsibilities stated in the MoU concern issues such as: identification of the involved parties and qualifications, description of the vocational training units and assessment procedures, credit transfer procedures and quality assurance principles.

Meeting at Skype to carry on the work
The group involved in the work on creating both the agreement form and the content of the MoU partly used Skype as a meeting platform as means to carry on the work in-between the project meetings in real life. The Work Package Leader Anna Kotka-Bystedt, Optima Finland, says it was her first meeting at Skype.

"I am new to Skype and not used to the technology. We ran into some technical problems. But in the big picture, we had a good meeting and we worked us through the MoU step by step. We made important decisions which lead the process forward."

Anna’s tip for a successful Skype meeting is to have a clear agenda to avoid having everybody speaking at the same time.
- It was fun speaking to the others again. I am very much looking forward to seeing all partners at the next meeting!

 

The vocational training partners involved in the mobility exchanges in the EURIAC project signed the MoU before summer and are now preparing to send the first students on the first mobility exchange in Spain.

If you want to know more about the process for creating a Memorandum of Understanding, please contact:
Anna Kotka-Bystedt, Optima
Phone: + 358 (0) 44 7215 350, +358 (0) 6 7855 350
E-mail: anna.kotka-bystedt@optimaedu.fi