An advanced technological platform will be used by the universities to create the environment needed for such an interaction. MyUniversity project will equip universities from Bulgaria, Lithuania, Spain, Slovakia and Sweden with a cutting edge e-Participation platform which will provide their members and stakeholders with innovative interactive tools so they can actively participate in the higher education decision making process with valuable input towards future polices and legislation, both locally and at European level.
The end-user universities are:
- International Business School Bulgaria (Bulgaria)
- University of National and World Economy (Bulgaria)
- University of Vilnius (Lithuania)
- Slovak University of Agriculture in Nitra (Slovakia)
- Slovak University of Technology in Bratislava (Slovakia)
- University of Presov in Presov (Slovakia)
- Rey Juan Carlos University (Spain)
- University of León (Spain)
- Polytechnic University of Catalonia (Spain)
- Autonomous University of Barcelona (Spain)
- University of Barcelona (Spain)
- University of Girona (Spain)
- University of Lleida (Spain)
- Stockholm University (Sweden)
MyUniversity will lever the existing Bologna decision-making framework to accomplish an impact at both Local, National and European level by:
- Providing the means for the universities to easily publish European consultations on the Bologna Process and allowing university stakeholders to provide feedback on them.
- Allowing university work groups to directly interact with stakeholders in order to provide input to the national and European associations they belong to.
- Allowing universities to track issues raised on the eParticipation portals of the other participating universities that could have similarities to the ones they are experiencing, thus allowing them to further cooperate and even create a common policy on how to tackle these issues.
- Allowing universities to disseminate key information on the Bologna process and create online surveys and discussions that can enhance the existing traditional “on-site” meetings organized by the universities for their own decision-making processes.
- Allowing university members who are representatives of the Bologna Follow Up Groups or who are active in the Bologna decision-making process to use the eParticipation tools to interact with other university members and easily extract conclusions that will be used as direct input to their work.
- Providing university personnel and students with the means to interact with their colleagues to collect data for both university and EU level reports.
- Allowing students and university personnel to interact not only with their colleagues from their own university but from other universities too, allowing the creation of informal and formal cooperation on issues that affect them.
The main target outcomes of MyUniversity are:
- To demonstrate how to use an array of specific e-Participation tools (concentrated in a single platform) in multiple countries at the same time, for allowing people to participate in local and European level subjects (in the context of the project the European subjects are limited in principle to the Higher Education area)
- To demonstrate how citizens of different countries can benefit from contents, results and best practices generated by other participants located abroad and how issues being debated in one country can initiate a new discussion in a different one, or even a cross-border discussion on European matters.
- To demonstrate how easy it is for decision makers to include e-participation initiatives as a new factor in their decision making processes. The idea is not to substitute the decision making process and take it out of the hands of the elected representatives, but to offer them mechanisms to take into account participant’s opinions.