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Education Modernization Brazil, Colombia, Europe – the new era of digital higher education cooperation

Project information

NameEducation Modernization Brazil, Colombia, Europe – the new era of digital higher education cooperation
PartnersHäme University of Applied Sciences (Coordinator),
Fundacao Universidade Federal do Abc – UFABC,
Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia do Espírito Santo – IFES,
Instituto Federal de Educação, Ciência e Tecnologia de São Paulo – IFSP,
Universidad Tecnologica de Pereira – UTP,
Fundacion Universitaria del Area Andina – AREANDINA,
Instituto Politecnico de Braganca – IPB
Budget875 225€

EMBRACE – A New Era of Digital Higher Education Cooperation Project

The EMBRACE project aims to address the needs of Latin American partners in developing and implementing institutional reforms to modernize higher education. It recognizes education as a powerful tool to tackle both regional and global challenges.

The project emphasizes co-creation with various stakeholders, including students, teachers, managers, and a minimum of 10 industry and society partners. Together, they will develop transferable models for innovative education-industry collaboration.

During the project timeline, over 250 students from 5 Latin American HEIs will participate in new pedagogical practices, gaining relevant competences and concrete work experience.

Impact and results

The project will support the professional development of 25 teachers through joint online learning modules, badge-driven competence development processes, MOOCs for 300 teachers, and the provision of open access learning materials and guidelines. Moreover, 15 educational managers will define guidelines for teachers’ digital and pedagogical competence development and assess the sustainability of educational change and the achievement of project goals within the HEIs’ learning ecosystems and their industry partners.

The result of the EMBRACE project will be modern and resilient HEIs in Latin America with the capacity to leverage digitalization for creating inclusive and student-centered learning experiences. The new co-creation models will involve a variety of different stakeholders, contributing towards a robust and sustainable learning ecosystem.

Articles and news about the project:

EMBRACE project sets sail

Developing pedagogical leadership in Latin America

Main objectives of project

  1. Enhance the digital and pedagogical competence of higher education teachers to effectively plan, implement, and assess student-centered and competence-based online education.
  2. Support educational management in implementing impactful pedagogical changes and organizing innovative learning ecosystems in collaboration with all relevant stakeholders.
  3. Foster innovative collaborations between higher education institutions (HEIs) and partners from the world of work and society, resulting in stronger learning ecosystems and more robust economic and social development.