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Implementing the strategies of the Ministry of Education and Science of Ukraine, the Ministry of Culture and Information Policy of Ukraine and the main goals of the Strategy for the Development of International Activities of the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music for 2018-2025, the Academy joined the EU Erasmus + Program in 2019, forming the main axes of cultural diplomacy in the system of higher art education of Ukraine.

The program opens up wide opportunities for cooperation of NMAU with the leading European higher music education institutions and implies academic exchanges of students and teachers, conducting series of master classes and lectures of outstanding artists, the 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)
4. Conservatorio di Musica Giuseppe Tartini di Trieste (Italy)
5. Freiburg University of Music (Germany).

During the three years of implementation of Erasmus + 24 students took part in the academic mobility program studying in the partner-institutions in Italy and Spain.

The implementation of the Erasmus + Program at the Academy is embodied in new formats and projects that are unique in the field of higher music education in Ukraine. Among them is a project with the Freiburg University of Music (Germany) which began in the 2020-2021 academic year and implies three years of cooperation between departments of composition in the field of electronic music and composition, academic exchanges, creating a new repertoire and performing it by leading ensembles of contemporary music in Ukraine and Germany.

Students from all faculties of the Academy, in particular Orchestral, Vocal, Faculty of Folk Instruments and Historical-Theoretical Faculty actively participate in mobility program. Mobility is carried out within the first (bachelor) and second (master) levels of higher education.

Within the framework of cooperation under the Erasmus+ Program, the mobility of teachers and administrative staff is being actively implemented. During the period of the Program’s implementation, eleven exchanges of teachers and administrative staff took place between the Academy and its partner-institutions.

Teachers’ mobility under the Erasmus + program is carried out at the Academy mainly within the framework of large international cultural and educational projects (such as international festivals, competitions and scientific-practical conferences) and includes series of master classes and lectures, concerts and presentations. Such format integrates the teachers’ mobility into educational and cultural activities of the Academy and is an effective mechanism for building up the potential of students.

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 carried out in constant cooperation with leading specialists of the Office.

Strategy for the Development of International Activities of the Ukrainian National Tchaikovsky Academy of Music for 2018-2025

The main objectives of the Strategy are:

– to enhance the effectiveness of international cooperation;
– to increase the participation of NMAU in educational and cultural projects of international organizations and communities;
– to foster integration of the Academy’s educational process into the international educational space and European Higher Education Area, notably through:
conclusion of bilateral cooperation agreements with leading foreign HEIs;
conclusion of inter-institutional agreements with foreign higher education institutions for the implementation of academic mobility programs; promotion of academic mobility of researchers, teaching staff and students;
providing opportunities for study, internship, exchange of students, postgraduate students, teachers abroad within the framework of European Union programs, namely Erasmus+;
holding international scientific conferences, seminars and symposia;
participation in international educational and cultural programs; participation of students of NMAU in international cultural, orchestral projects, competitions and festivals;
cooperation with international competitions and festivals;
secondment of scientific and pedagogical staff abroad for scientific and pedagogical work in accordance with the concluded agreements between NMAU and foreign higher education institutions;
involvement of scientific and pedagogical staff from foreign higher education institutions to participate in scientific and pedagogical work and cultural projects at NMAU, to conduct thematic lectures, courses, master classes for students of NMAU;
development of joint educational and scientific programs with foreign higher education institutions;
conducting educational activities related to the education of foreign students, as well as training the scientific staff for foreign countries;
promotion of Ukrainian culture through international cooperation in the field of culture, supporting the process of creating a national cultural product and promoting it at the international level.

Erasmus+ Programme aims to support actions in the fields of Education, Training, Youth and Sport for the period 2021-2027.

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.

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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 other Programme 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.