OUTSIDE THE BOX – Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The fourth intellectual output consists in the promotion of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the creation of inclusion common strategies among European higher education institutions.
The creation of a MoU and the consequence definition of the University network needs a preliminary analysis both of the existing innovative experience of strength- based approach for dyslexics and a comparative analysis of the existing supporting centres within HEIs, aiming at identifying pros and cons. A special focus will highlight how thinking/general skills and strengths of dyslexic students match closely to the new set of core-work related abilities and cross-functional skills, as defined by the World Economic Forum. Such analysis will be developed in different level considering the labour market situation from a local level to a European level. A mapping of competences required according to the main features of the public and private bodies active at local and national level will be done in order to highlight how the dyslexic students’ strengths match with the specific skills that public and private sectors are looking for.
The MoU will foresee different target groups according the different area of action:
- Training and teaching activities – the MoU will propose the definition of a training paths that can be activate within HEIs for teachers/administrative staff and students based on what’s existing and on the experience coming from the O4 and its experimental application within the C1 and C2. The working group of this area is composed by the team of trainers and the
- Team of trained teachers of IO4 with the cooperation of administrative responsible for disabilities services and the coordinators of undergraduate and post-graduated programmes. Supporting services and tools for the academic career: end user students; teaching and administrative staff, the coordinators of undergraduate and post-graduated programmes. Lab of Panteion
- Supporting services for fostering employability Target group: Vet providers as cluster among Academia and Private Sector, Private and Public Sectors representative, Local and Regional Government Department, Associations for dyslexics, Academic Placement Services.
Outside the box aims to create a networking area of cooperation for the application of actions defined in the MoU. Both the definition of shared strategy and the creation of networking are innovative elements, not yet existing within HEIs.
Increase the Universities capabilities to become innovative centres in supporting all students in their university career and empower them in the first step in the labor market through the common patterns shared within the network of Piloting Hubs. The Outside the box MoU and its first nucleus HEIs and VET providers share the general objective and it is set up to allow all organization to join the network in order to standardize services and tools for dyslexic students and promote updated the best practices Finally, the Network will facilitate future international initiatives and projects for dyslexic students within European programmes.
MoU, as conceived, is organized in working groups composed by different person from different HEIs and Countries that works in Network. It will propose for each working groups common procedures that can be usable and transferable by all HEIs. Moreover, the main feature of MoU is the possibility to transfer the methodology to other specific learning disorders and create a standard approach to increase the awareness of disorders and how they have to be treated.