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The Project

Welcome to the Rec-Mat Project!

We do believe RECognition MATters and our main goal is promoting student exchange between Europe and Latin America. Get to know more about the project!

The main objective of the Rec-Mat (Recognition Matters) project, a Key Action 2 Capacity Building funded by the Erasmus+ programme, is to contribute to facilitate and promote student exchange between Europe and Latin America. To achieve this, it is crucial to reduce the barriers to mobility related to the process of academic recognition and enable Latin America Higher Education Institutions to implement a fairer academic recognition process.

Five European partners (Universidade do Porto, Universidad de Valladolid, Université de Lille, Universiteit Gent andthe SGroup European Universities’ Network) and five institutions from Latin America (Universidade Estadual Paulista Julio de Mesquita Filho, Universidade Federal do Rio de Janeiro, Universidade Federal do Rio Grand do Sul, Universidad Nacional del Sur and Universidad Nacional del Litoral) are leading the project.

Rec-Mat is based on the vast experience of partners in the Latin America region, and the challenges identified over time, in relation to different Educational Systems, principles, practices and tools to support of academic recognition. It brings proven innovation through its activities, linking the political and practical dimensions inherent to the recognition of academic training during student mobility (teaching staff training activities, piloting of case studies and policy debate activities).

Rec-Mat’s methodology is also original in the proposed target audiences and actors involved: not only the International Relations and Academic departments, but also professors (coordinators and programme directors), authorities identified as key decision makers in the process of recognition, as well as IT technical staff involved in developing support tools and information systems.

Through the project’s implementation, partners also intend to raise awareness among teaching staff for the importance of full academic recognition as well as for the relevance of Higher Education Institutions internationalisation, through a peer approach.

These objectives will be achieved through project activities, such as the Rec-Mat blended training with a physical and online component (MOOC), which aims to bring together Latin American professors (who are ‘resistant' to the reality of international mobility and distant from the bologna rationale) with more experienced and ‘pro-internationalisation’ colleagues of its institutions, as well as of the European partners.

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General goal

To contribute to facilitate and promote student exchange between Europe and Latin America by reducing the barriers to mobility related to the process of academic recognition and capacitating Latin American HEIs to implement a fairer academic recognition process.

Project specific goals

  1. To raise awareness among LA academic staff about the importance of ensuring a full academic recognition by:
    1.  eliminating existent prejudices regarding internationalisation;
    2.  eliminating resistances and current barriers to full post-mobility recognition (stimulating credit transfer and fair grade conversion);
    3.  highlighting the benefits of internationalisation and full recognition through a peer-to-peer approach, i.e involving mainly academic staff and not only International Officers.
  2. To capacitate and provide information to LA Academic and IT staff on concrete ways to facilitate the implementation of a full recognition process.
  3. To contribute to facilitate the harmonization of academic recognition processes between LA institutions.

Workpackages

The Rec-Mat project is divided in nine workpackages:

WP1 – Preparation of Activities
WP2 – Training of teachers
WP3 – Digital Interactive Compendium
WP4 – Policy-influence activities
WP5 – Implementation of pilot mobility cases by WGs
WP6 – Training of IT staff
WP7 – Quality Assurance
WP8 – Dissemination&Exploitation
WP9 – Management

News

Rec-Mat at the launch of Mimir Andino project
  • Jan, 2019

Rec-Mat at the launch of Mimir Andino project

Bogotá, Colombia

The Rec-Mat consortium was represented, through the Federal University of Rio Grande do Sul, at the …

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Training Week in Valladolid
  • Dec, 2018

Training Week in Valladolid

Valladolid, Spain

From the 10th to the 14th December 2018, teachers from partner Higher Education Institutions met at …

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Public Forum on Academic Recognition
  • Nov, 2018

Public Forum on Academic Recognition

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The first Public Forum on Academic Recognition took place in Buenos Aires, Argentina, on the 14th …

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Second Consortium Meeting
  • Nov, 2018

Second Consortium Meeting

Buenos Aires, Argentina

The second Consortium Meeting of the Rec-Mat project took place on the 13, 15 and 16 November at …

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Kick off Meeting at the University of Porto
  • Mar, 2018

Kick off Meeting at the University of Porto

Oporto, Portugal

From the 6th to the 8th March, the University of Porto welcomed around 20 participants from …

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Cluster Meeting
  • Oct, 2017

Cluster Meeting

Buenos Aires, Argentina

On October 31st of 2017, a Cluster meeting of all the Capacity Building projects attended by the …

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To contribute to facilitate and promote student exchange between Europe and Latin America by reducing the barriers to mobility related to the process of academic recognition and capacitating Latin American HEIs to implement a fairer academic recognition process.

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