The secondary school IES Ribeira do Louro has been engaging in European projects since 1996, initiating a strategy for the internationalisation of the centre. These mobility programmes have been created as an excellent opportunity for students as well as for university lecturersand other levels of higher education along with staff of educational institutions and organisations of civil society, allowing them to undertake a learning or professional experience in another country, thus helping themto improve their abilities and their employment prospects.
One of the main objectives of Erasmus+ is to modernise and improve higher education in Europe and in the rest of the world. It offers multiple opportunities for students of higher level vocational training and university, as well as doctoral candidates, lecturers and institutions worldwide.
MOBILITIES WITH THIRD COUNTRIES
Concerning mobility projects with third countries, this centre has been sending students and teachers to countries like the U.S.A., China or India for the past 9 years, availing of scholarships organised by the Galician regional government (Xunta de Galicia). The recent development of the Erasmus+ mobility programmes has motivated the resumption of collaborations, benefiting from the KA107 actions for partner countries. The objective of this centre, as well as of other centres from programme countries, is not only to create a close collaboration relationship internally but also to reach out to other territories beyond the scope of the programme. The present project will encourage mobility plans for students and staff with countries which are not associated to the Erasmus+ programme.
The election of Thailand is due to it being a country with a strong economic growth as well as being a founding member of the ASEAN Economic Community (AEC), which was established in 2015 and unites many of the developing countries of Asia. Thailand can also be proud of excellent infrastructures and a remarkable business climate, thus standing out as one of the most attractive economies of the region both commercially and from an investment point of view.
The collaborating institutions in Thailand are theChiang Mai University and thePayap University.
Our collaboration with Albania, one of the KA107 partner countries, has been part of our internationalisation strategy. Its interest lies in the fact that it is a developing country with a high degree of openness, also boasting great potential and enormous opportunities.
With respect to the collaborating centres in Albania, these are institutions with a very different profile; the University of Elbasan Aleksander Xhuvani, the University of Gjrokastrai and Universiteti MarinBarleti.
Bosnia and Herzegovina
Bosnia andHerzegovina was one of the main protagonists of the last Great War in the European continent. The aim of the project will be to collaborate regarding social inclusion and environmental development in the hope that the latest wounds created by the war beare closed. This aspect, learning from different cultures, is another one of the main interests of the internationalisation of IES Ribeira do Louro.The main institutions with which we collaborate in this country are the»Logos centar» College Mostar andthe University College “CEPS – Center for Business Studies” Kiseljak.
Cambodia has been chosen due to the fact of it being a highly growing country as well as a member of ASEAN with a substantial need for ITC and industrial development. It is a hugely promising country from an economic development perspective in which our centre can take action in the international trade area as an institution with extensive knowledge on the matter. The country has registered significant progress in textile development and it is likely to offer the Spanish industry great opportunities.
The Cambodian members with whom we have collaborated in the past are thePaññasastra University of Cambodia and theLimkokwing University of Creative Technology.
Many are the aspects that have brought IES Ribeira do Louro to collaborate with a country like India: it is an English-speaking country or a country in which this language is widely spoken; it combines this aspect with its extraordinary importance as an emerging country with great potential and has minor relations with Spain. India is the second most populated country in the world and also has the second largest growing middle class. It is also a country with an increasing industrial and technological leadership on a global scale. All these aspects have made IES Ribeira do Louroto choose a country like India as the perfect collaborator.
The main collaborating institution is the International Management Institute Kolkata (Alipore Institute of Management and Technology).