Edition 189 - January 2017

Movetia – moving further the Swiss ‘learners’

On 1 January 2017, a new national agency for the promotion of exchanges and mobility in Switzerland movetia – officially opened its doors, taking over the mandate of dealing with all matters related to exchanges and mobility at federal level from the ch Stiftung, the foundation formerly entrusted with these tasks by the Swiss Federal Council and the Swiss Cantons. The new agency is the operational arm of the Swiss Foundation for the promotion of exchanges and mobility (FPEM) – a joint organisation created in March 2016 through a joint decision taken in February 2016 by the Swiss Federal Council and the Cantons, with a view to giving a new boost to the promotion of mobility both within Switzerland and internationally. The agency is supported by a number of internal actors: the Secrétariat d’Etat à la formation, à la recherche et à l’innovation (SEFRI), the Office fédéral de la culture (OFC), the Office fédéral des assurances sociales (OFAS) as well as by the Conférence suisse des directeurs cantonaux de l’instruction publique (CDIP).

Based in Solothurn, movetia is to promote and facilitate exchanges and mobility in the field of formal, non-formal and informal education of all young people, from school to the tertiary level. With the extension of the Swiss Erasmus+ interim solution by one year (see ACA Newsletter – Education Europe, September 2016), the agency is also tasked with facilitating and managing the indirect participation of Swiss students in European mobility activities, and with enabling Swiss educational institutions to continue to take part in cooperation projects with European partners.

In an interview published on the movetia website, the agency’s new director Mr Olivier Tschopp outlines a number of directions for ensuring wider participation in Swiss mobility opportunities: 

  • “Firstly, the Agency and its staff are to be equipped and motivated to provide the best services and to contribute their expertise to assess the quality of the submitted projects.
  • Secondly, mobility offers are to be promoted and enhanced, which are meaningful and accessible and can be well integrated into the training programs and curricula. 
  • Thirdly, we want to build effective communication and a trust relationship with the actors and partners of the education system at home and abroad.
  • Finally, the network and cooperation with other organisations, companies or partners is to be expanded, for example through the development of a support and/or ambassador network.” (translated from German)

Mr Tschopp further specifies that the aim is to “pursue both common and different objectives for the three levels of education. For the tertiary level and the upper secondary level, the existing programs should be optimised and the number of participants increased. We want to create new offers, especially in the field of national exchanges, where creativity and persuasiveness are required in cooperation with the cantons and the actors involved. We will also examine the field of teacher exchanges and adult education without neglecting other sectors or partners. The mission of movetia is to be proactive and reactive, depending on the development of the contexts and demands.”

ACA is very proud to welcome movetia as a new ACA member in 2017 and wishes Mr Tschopp and its staff great success in the tasks ahead! We would also like to express our sincere thanks to the ch Stiftung for a fruiful cooperation and involvement in the ACA framework.

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