On 8th-9th of November 2012 Kathrin Renner and Anna Gots took part in the kick-off meeting of the EduCoach project – last initiative of Study Portals, supported by the European Commission under the Erasmus Mundus Action 3, in Eindhoven.
EduCoach project will help millions of students and PhD Candidates with personal professional advice to improve the quality of their decision on where to study abroad in Europe. To ensure this EduCoach will set up a personal online counselling service for prospective students and PhD Candidates. This service will combine the success of and need for strengthened international student services and personal advice with the effectiveness of modern information and communication technologies – and the outreach and popularity of existing study choice portals.
The expected outcomes of the project are: live chats, webinars, an extensive knowledge base for students as well as the targeted promotion campaigns and recruitment guides for universities.
The role of AEGEE here will be to ensure that the developed services will indeed meet the student information needs and to help with dissemination of the results amongst students in target countries.
Besides AEGEE representatives the meeting was attended by other partners: ACA (Belgium), DreamFoundation (Estonia), EuroDoc (Belgium), DEC Education (Ukraine), IFMSA-Jo (Jordan), GESCO (Jordan), as well as The Brenn White Group (USA).
Within these two days the objectives, work packages and roles of the partners were discussed as well as the first brainstorming and analysing round of the needs of the target groups was performed. Time frame of the project is 1.11.2012 – 30.04.2015, therefore we will keep you updated about its development in future as well.
Written by Anna Gots, Financial Director of AEGEE-Europe 2012-2013