One of the main tasks that SEA-EU is developing in order to link our Alliance to society is the creation of the Service Learning Center. With this objective, a group of experts from the 6 universities are regularly meeting to share ideas, good practices, and to start creating this center.
During the meeting, Ivana Buzov from the University of Split, leader of this task, shared the main objectives, mision and vision of the Service Learning Center. An important point of the conversation was the offer this center will have. It has also been debated whether it will address the teaching of service learning, not only to students, but to all parties involved, since, for example, many entities involved do not know this work methodology. COVID and how this pandemic has changed the way of working and teaching and learning, has also occupied a space in the conversation, since in this post-covid era we must take into account the new standardized technologies now.
Currently, the objective of the service learning center is to put in contact entities that welcome international students to work under the supervision of the professors of the group of experts. In this way, for example, an entity that works with vulnerable groups in Cádiz, can receive students from Split or Malta to work on their programmes, while learning under the tutelage of the teachers involved. The intention of this group of experts in creating the SEA-EU Service Learning center is for it to become a valuable part of the alliance, recognized by all universities as such, as well as by local entities that may collaborate with it.
After ths intervention, Maja Krcum, from the University of Split, shared her idea about how to engage students, in an example of a community based research, where students could play the multiplier role after their experience.
To finalise the meeting, Adam Jagiello-Rusilowski, from the University of Gdansk, presented his good practice of “Innovation camp” and why to take it as a model to follow. He explained that Innovation Camps is a method to generate and develope ideas in an intensive way with mixed teams uniting not only students but members of all the stakeholders involved in order to find solutions to an existing issue.
This expert group meeting was very productive and full of debate, and the experts will meet periodically to continue co-creating the first steps to establish the SEA-EU Service Learning.