Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music began working under the EU Erasmus+ Program in 2019. The program opens up broad opportunities for the cooperation with leading European music academies, for academic exchanges of students and teachers, provides possibilities for master classes and lectures by outstanding musicians, gives opportunity for students to study at Partner Institution during the academic year, enables development of joint creative and research projects.
The Partner Institutions of the Academy under the Erasmus+ Program are:
1. Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo (Spain)
2. Aristotle University of Thessaloniki (Greece)
3. Conservatorio di Musica Nino Rota, Monopoli (Italy).
The expansion of NMAU’s international activities in the field of academic mobility in 2020 led to the conclusion of partnership agreements with the University of Freiburg (Germany), the Conservatorio di Musica Niccolo Piccinni – Bari (Italy) and the Conservatorio di Musica G. Tartini (Trieste).
Thanks to the Erasmus+ Program in 2019, six NMAU students had the opportunity to study at the Higher Conservatory of Vigo (Spain), to gain international experience and to get acquainted with European performing schools and cultures.
The 2019-2020 academic year resulted in a number of successful teaching staff visits, including master classes by conductor, professor of Conservatorio di Musica Nino Rota (Monopoli (Italy) Elio Orciuolo on the interpretation of the Italian opera repertoire and a series of master classes by the rector of Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo (Spain) professor Esteban Valverde. The return visit of Head of the Department of Woodwind Instruments, professor Roman Vovk to the Higher Conservatory of Music of Vigo (Spain) was highly successful.
The EU Erasmus+ program has been implemented at the Academy with the support of the National Erasmus+ Office in Ukraine, and further implementation of the program is being carried out in constant cooperation with leading specialists of the Office.
Erasmus+ – is the EU’s programme aiming to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2014-2020.
The Erasmus+ programme is managed by the European Commission (the EU’s executive body), the Education, Audiovisual, and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA).
In the EU countries, the Commission entrusts much of the management of Erasmus+ to National Agencies. Outside the EU, and specifically in the field of higher education, this role is filled by the National Erasmus+ Offices.
National Erasmus+ office – Ukraine is a focal point in the country for all actors, potential applicants, beneficiaries and other stakeholders as regards the EU cooperation activities in (higher) education under the ERASMUS+ programme.
Check the website of the NEO – Ukraine: http://erasmusplus.org.ua/
One of the key actions of Erasmus+ Programme is the KEY ACTION 1: LEARNING MOBILITY OF INDIVIDUALS
Learning mobility opportunities aim to encourage the mobility of students, staff, trainees, apprentices, youth workers and young people.
Erasmus+ offers the opportunity for higher education institutions to send students and staff abroad (in otherProgramme countries or other Partner countries) to study, teach, or train at participating institutions, as well as to participate in a traineeship. They can also host incoming students and staff from abroad.
The Actions supported under this Key Action are expected to bring positive and long-lasting effects on the participants and participating organisations involved, as well as on the policy systems in which such activities are framed.
As regards students, trainees, apprentices and young people, the mobility activities supported under this Key Action are meant to produce the following outcomes:
- improved learning performance;
- enhanced employability and improved career prospects;
- increased sense of initiative and entrepreneurship;
- increased self-empowerment and self-esteem;
- improved foreign language competences;
- enhanced intercultural awareness;
- more active participation in society;
- better awareness of the European project and the EU values.