Since 2016, ISA Lille has managed several Erasmus+ Key Action 107 grant for student and staff mobility projects. These two-year programs focus on cooperation for academic and professional development for participants and our institution by sending student and staff to our special partners abroad, as well as welcoming students and staff from those partners. Our current International Credit Mobility programs were developed in collaboration with our partners in Ukraine, Ghana, Thailand, and the United States, with more projects underway.

Objectives

ISA Lille is honored to participate in the European Commission’s Erasmus+ projects with partner countries outside of Europe. These notable exchanges are a distinct opportunity to benefit from the expertise of a foreign partner outside of Europe. These collaborations also give our non-European partners a significant introduction to the European education system, ECTS, and the pedagogy of French engineering schools.

Thanks to the Erasmus+ grants provided by the European Commission, our International Credit Mobility programs give enriching international experience to students and staff of diverse backgrounds. We are proud to welcome students and staff from Ukraine, Ghana, Thailand and the United States to share our expertise and learn from theirs. This intercultural learning experience provides a valuable foundation for a future of international cooperation, for our institution as well as the participants of the program.

Current Projects

Each partner university presents a unique cooperation opportunity. Working together on our respective specialties, we maximize the benefits to each participant and ensure a fruitful exchange. Our current partner universities and associated projects are:

  • Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology – Ghana: Environmental and Food Sciences
  • Kastesart University – Thailand: Food Sciences
  • Juniata College – United States of America: Environmental and Food Sciences
  • National University of Life and Environmental Sciences of Ukraine and Zhytomyr State Technological University – Ukraine: Environmental Sciences, notably management of pollution, soil contamination and remediation techniques

Timeline and Activities

Each KA107 International Credit Mobility program lasts for two academic years. During this time, ISA Lille sends students and staff to our partner universities for a full year of academic exchange and the length of a teaching unit, respectively. ISA Lille also welcomes students for a full year of academic exchange, sending our own students for a year of exchange in some partner universities.

2016-2017

University Country Project Year Incoming Student Mobility: number of students and subject
Staff Mobility
NULES Ukraine 1 3, Environmental Science

– Two incoming teaching mobilities on Environmental pollution caused by Chernobyl accident. The impact of radionucleide pollution to soil and water biota and possibilities of using energy crops to remediate soil and produce biomass.

– Two outgoing teaching mobilities, course on Ecotoxicology with a focus on innovative technology used in France. An excellent complement to basic overview that otherwise does not consider innovative aspects of subject.

– Introduced innovative learning techniques, such as project-based learning and blended activities, to our Ukrainian partners.

ZSTU Ukraine 1 2, Environmental Science

2017-2018

University Country Project Year Incoming Student Mobility: number & subject Staff Mobility
NULES Ukraine 2 4, Environmental Science and Agricultural Economics and Marketing – Incoming guest lectures on the subject of International Marketing and development of basic marketing knowledge and skills of future successful professionals whose work in marketing will be resourceful, innovative, making them capable of pursuing new opportunities in uncertain and dynamic environments; Development of Prospects of Bioenergy in Ukraine.

-Incoming staff visits to participate in the Lille Catholic University Erasmus+ Staff Week, including Sustainable Development workshops, intercultural communication seminars, and visits to  our codesign facilities.

ZSTU Ukraine 2 2, Environmental Science
KNUST Ghana 1 4, Food Science – Incoming staff trainings to introduce new pedagogy, organization of a French engineering school, discuss project details and identify areas for potential research cooperation.

– Incoming guest lectures on Waste Management, comparing the Ghanaian perspective to the each students’ home country, as well as France and Europe more generally.

– Incoming guest lectures on Nutrition and Health and Food Safety Management Systems: description, implementation and adaptation of international food safety standards.

– Outgoing guest lectures on Contaminated Land Issues, Monitoring of Environmental Contaminents and Applied Techniques of Pollution Remediation

– Outgoing guest lectures on research and development in the food industry: physiology, methodology of sensory evaluation, and design of experiments.

Juniata College USA 1 5, Environmental Science and Food Science

*1 Outgoing ISA student, Environmental Science

– Outgoing visits to discuss project details and meet with students interested in participating.

– Incoming guest lecture on waste water treatment and management, comparing practices in the United States, France and Europe.

Kasetsart University Thailand 1 2, Agricultural Economics and Marketing – Outgoing guest lecture, organizing and presenting a Serious Game ERPSim as an introduction to ERP systems used in major agro-food companies to manage their supply chain and business processes.

– Incoming guest lecture on supply chain forecasting techniques and software used in agro-industry.

 

2018-2019

University Country Project Year Student and Staff Mobility
KNUST Ghana 2 Details Forthcoming
Kasetsart University Thailand 2
Juniata College United States of America 2
Shenyang Agricultural University China 1
Al Farabi Kazakh National University Kazakhstan 1
L.N. Gumilyov Eurasian National
University
Kazakhstan 1
Universidad Iberoamericana Mexico 1
Russian State Agrarian University – Moscow Timiryazev Agricultural Academy Russia 1
Saint-Petersburg State Agrarian
University
Russia 1
Lviv Polytechnic National University Ukraine 1
NULES Ukraine 1
Odessa National Academy of Food Technologies Ukraine 1
ZSTU Ukraine 1

Results and Impact

Primarily, the students who participate benefit from essential international exposure during their education, making them more well-rounded professionals and more employable in a globalized job market. They learn not only different ways of approaching the same problem, but also how to work in an intercultural group, a skill that is becoming more vital every day.

Likewise, the staff participants gain valuable knowledge of international practices that help inspire new solutions in their own work, and can be imparted to their students during lectures and research projects. In addition, staff return to their home institution with a broadened perspective, refining the institution’s international aspect.

Most importantly, we hope that these exchanges can improve intercultural dialogue, international cooperation, and help lay the foundation for ongoing, long-term partnerships between individuals, institutions, cultures and governments.

Student Perspectives

My Erasmus+ experience has facilitated my intercultural educational experience by exposing me to people and concepts from different cultures and countries.

I have a specific interest to be a researcher and exploring access to food safety and risk assessment. The Erasmus exchange gave me the opportunity to go outside my country and out of my comfort zone.

The experiences which I have gained in France will impact my career in the way to add value of Thai products, catch up the global trend and cooperate with the foreigners who come from different countries and different cultures, including creating a connection.

Before coming to ISA Lille I expected to gain knowledge in the management of pollution which I could implement in my country, meet new friends and get a possibility to travel around Europe. So, I got everything I expected and even more! I met many specialists in my field of interest, in this way I expanded my professional network. This experience helps to become a good specialist in the management of pollution and the international experience that I acquired in this program will be highly valuable in my country.

Contact us for more information

isa(dot)international(at)yncrea(dot)fr