ESMOD FRANCE’S ERASMUS STRATEGY

Benefiting from extensive experience of international exchanges within its own worldwide network, ESMOD France is pleased to announce that it has been selected by the European Commission to be part of the ERASMUS programme for 2014/2020. Far more than an exchange programme between the leading signatory grandes écoles and universities of the 34 participating countries, ERASMUS is part of the broad policy of harmonization and recognition of diplomas and training in higher education throughout Europe, and beyond.

 ESMOD is therefore committed to respecting and promoting the .
 
An essential stage, signing the Charter was the first step in the programme. ERASMUS exchange programmes (both students and staff) will be organized within the framework of agreements signed between the grandes écoles and universities that have adhered to the Charter.
 
Whether you are a future or current student, academic or professional, for more information on the ERASMUS + programme, please contact:
 
Guillaume Thiery
Erasmus advisor
guillaume.thiery@esmod.com
+ 33 (0)1 44 83 81 50 / + 33 (0)1 44 83 81 50
 
This adhesion to the ERASMUS charter is part of ESMOD's strategy to increase its internationalization and constantly improve its teaching, a strategy presented to the European Union in these terms:
 
 
“Ever since it was founded in 1841, ESMOD Paris has been developing learning methods based on unique know-how combined with technological innovation. From the 1970s, when luxury ready-to-wear began to flourish, the school opened to foreign students by developing a network of 24 educational establishments in Europe, Asia, Africa, Latin America and the Middle East. This development meant that in 2013 our school in Paris played host to nearly 850 students, more than 50% foreign students from 54 countries and offered exchange programmes within the ESMOD network with Germany, Brazil and Russia, among others.
Since 2010, when we obtained certification for the main 3-year course for the qualification in fashion design registered with the RNCP, requests from European and international students to enter ESMOD directly and have their studies recognized are increasing. In addition, it has become more common for them to continue on in the Postgraduate 4th year. Lastly, a growing number of ESMOD students and professors wish to perfect their training and their knowledge abroad.
 
In order to best meet these new needs, ESMOD has now set up the Europass skills portfolio. It applies the ECTS credit transfer system for its main course and is working on doing so for the Master’s course. As this is its first application for the ERASMUS university charter, ESMOD is focusing on several areas for 2014-2020:

 

  • Firstly, to place a more particular emphasis on promoting the mobility of students and professionals from Europe, Latin America and India in areas where ESMOD does not have an establishment. Indeed, we are looking for new university partners in these countries to offer double diplomas. ESMOD teachers would act as programme consultants by swapping experiences and expertise to hand on know-how (patter making) and a work methodology.
  • We wish to sign cooperation agreements with establishments in these major geographical areas, such as the Central Saint Martins School in London, with which we are already in contact to set up a “discovery of fashion” course this summer in Great Britain for students of ESMOD Paris. We also want to develop a Masters in Digital Textile Design with Ravensbourne University in London and LECTRA, the software publisher.
  • For 2014 and 2015, we also plan to sign agreements with universities such as SENAC in Rio and Brasilia and the universities of Delhi and Jawaharlal Nehru offering new opportunities for exchanges and collaborations between teaching teams and students. Thus, in the course plan of the student leaving on an exchange, this would take place during the 2nd year of the main cycle, with prerequisites coming into play.
  • With schools of art and design, and other institutes in these countries where new creative processes may be encountered, such as educational engineering and research projects, it would be possible to deal with topics based on new technologies, innovation or sustainable development, for which we will be able to organize seminars and working groups. To do this, ESMOD will also apply for the Cumulus network in the first half of 2014.
  • We also want to strengthen our efforts in terms of apprenticeships and professional training for both educational teams and students through partnerships that are renewed every year with companies such as LECTRA, Boss, Rowenta and by establishing new long-lasting partnerships, with Value Retail in distribution or Chanel in setting up a hub of creative jobs in fashion and innovation.
  • We would also like to offer other host services in addition to those we already offer, such as the ESN (Erasmus Student Network), which we will supplement with an already existent company bursary system (BOSS, ELLE Foundation).

 
 
Participation in the Erasmus programme should make it easier for us to negotiate these new partnerships by promoting international mobility for internships to be completed within companies. All of these measures will contribute to improving the quality and level of requirements of study contracts.
Finally, being awarded the Erasmus Charter should encourage a spirit of entrepreneurship among students and enable them to join public or private schemes, such as incubators for fashion and design projects.
 
 
ESMOD is fortunate to be offered European and international cooperation projects. The framework of the ERASMUS programme should enable us to assess and study these in support of a framework enabling the possibilities and conditions for application and effective implementation to be assessed more rapidly. Eager to be fully involved in the projects selected, the school's policy is to take the time necessary to study the proposals before confirming its effective participation.
Whatever their framework, these projects must illustrate our expertise and serve as veritable international showcases for ourselves and our partners.
Being in a sector where design is a key element, we also demonstrate this creativity in development projects and are active in structuring ideas and looking for potential partners to assist us in their implementation. Being able to involve partners is often crucial to making these projects a reality, allowing for funding and sustainability.   
 
Our participation in the programme should therefore contribute to modernizing the school and make advances in the priorities set by Europe in terms of the modernization of higher education institutes.
The exponential increase of students and staff involved in exchanges should lead to a growth in the number of students and staff likely to participate in organizing our training courses. By increasing the number of stakeholders involved in these exchanges, our goal is to facilitate the exchange and sharing of knowledge and experiences to increase the quality of our courses and shift them towards new models adapted to the evolution of societies and markets. The skill levels of our students and staff will be part of a strategy of permanent advancement. 
 
Because ESMOD is the custodian of a specific know-how inherited from its past and enhanced over the years, we assume a social and societal role to provide training in professions that form part of our heritage while creating the trends of tomorrow. The level of qualification required for these professions continues to rise and partnerships with higher education institutes should help develop our students’ levels of expertise.
As an institution, we are convinced of the importance of international exchanges to nourish thinking and to generate new projects. The cooperation projects that we would like to participate in will only illustrate this conviction and the importance we attach to European relations. 
 
Through the exchange of knowledge and expertise, we seek to gain recognition for the quality of our teaching, the value of our staff and the skills of our students. The recognition of our school depends on our ability to devise and create innovative teaching methods adapted to the changes in our societies
 
Finally, participation in the programme should allow us to benefit from and take advantage of new sources of public and private funding to promote the implementation and sustainability of European and international projects and to allow for greater mobility within a defined and transparent framework for the participants." ”
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