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DECEMBER 2021
Sinterklaas has left the country and we are slowly heading to the Christmas period. This also means that we will soon be saying goodbye to our fall semester exchange students. We do of course hope that they have enjoyed their time in Utrecht despite the current Covid restrictions.
We are now busy informing the spring semester exchange students of their upcoming stay with us. And while we receive students, our students are going abroad for what hopefully will be the time of their lives. We are preparing them for their stay abroad best we van.
As you can read in this Newsflash there are quite some changes in the Erasmus+ programme.
Also in this Newsflash, our 2 new colleagues, Herjo and Zsuzsi, will introduce themselves. Once again welcome to our team!
We have also added an article about sustainable travel.
All in all, lots of reading material.

Wishing you all Happy Holidays and see you in the New Year!
 
Hi, my name is Zsuzsi (pronounced as Suzy in English), I am Hungarian-Romanian, married and I have a one year old child. I have been living in the Netherlands for ten years.  
I was born and raised in Romania as part of the still there residing Hungarian minority. The year after finishing my bachelor’s degree, in 2011 I moved to the Netherlands. It was quite a task to fit in, learn the language and to restart everything from scratch  but now I am glad to call it my home. Especially since my son is born, it really feels like the roots are here.
During these past ten years I had all sorts of jobs, including being an au-pair, working in production in a cheese factory or working part time (while a master student at the Radboud in Nijmegen) at Provincie Noord-Brabant.
The past three years I worked for an international temp-agency in Den Bosch as a recruiter. This was a very varied and often hectic job but from which I’ve learned a lot. This knowledge and the experience of the past years, I am glad to be able apply in my new position at HU.
The 1st of November I started as an International Relations Officer at IO where I keep myself busy with the incoming exchange students interested to study at our university for one or two semesters. Not much time has passed since but I already enjoy it quite much.   
Hi colleagues!

As a new member of the team, I was asked to write a short introduction. I am Herjo, one of the new International Relations Officers. Right before starting here, I graduated from the University of Amsterdam with a Master’s degree in English Literature, during which I spent a year as a full-time board member for ESN Utrecht. I have also been on exchange myself, to the Eötvös Loránd University in Budapest. The name might sound familiar to some of you, as the university is currently a partner of the HU. I am looking forward to working with all of you for the upcoming year!
New Erasmus+ grant and new mobility

As mentioned in the introduction above, the Erasmus+ team has been busy lately with the implementation of a new grant, the Erasmus+ Top-up grant, and new forms of mobility, like Blended Mobility and the Blended Intensive Programme. Both the new grant and the shorter mobility terms should ensure that more students have the possibility to do their study abroad or an internship in Europe. Especially students who don’t normally choose for a mobility due to financial circumstances or health reasons.
The Erasmus+ Top-up grant will be available from the course year 2022 and is meant for students who did not have the possibility to go abroad before.
The first group of students will be able to apply for the grant from January 2022. The student councillors office (decanaat), will have an important advisory role in awarding the grants. The Erasmus+ team will do its’ best to promote the Top-up grant over the next few years. Curious about the possibilities? More information about the grant and the application process can be found on our Go-International site.

And now more news about the new forms of mobilities: The Blended Intensive Programme (BIPS) and the Blended Mobility (BM). In these new forms of mobilities students can go abroad for a shorter period of time (5 to 30 days). There is a virtual and a physical component in both mobilities. The Blended Intensive Programme was developed for groups of students, where the Blended Mobility is aimed at individual students wanting to go abroad for study or internship. The first HU students will participate in a Blended Intensive Programme in February 2022. Because these new forms of mobility are different from our regular Erasmus+ processes, the International Office will be building a new application module in Mobility-Online over the next while. You will receive more information about BIPS and BM soon, because you can apply for these mobilities under the new Erasmus+ call.
 
Sustainability in HU travels abroad

Hogeschool Utrecht (HU) is committed to sustainable development and this has resulted in many initiatives with regard to sustainability over the past few years (HU Duurzaam Doen). Part of this concerns sustainable mobility and to that regard we now also developed guidelines for sustainability in HU travels abroad (verduurzaming buitenlandse reisbewegingen). International cooperation is important for our education and research: we cooperate on many levels, e.g. with regard to regional challenges, SDG’s and European programmes like Erasmus+. Although a lot is being done through digital ways, international mobility is also part of this. When we travel, we have the responsibility to do this in the most sustainable way, the guidelines for sustainability in HU travels abroad focusses therewith on three topics: traveling less, differently and efficiently. The guidelines apply to all who travel and can be found on Go International (first bullet).  
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