The Gothenburg Regional Association of Local Authorities (GR) is a co-operative organisation uniting thirteen municipalities in western Sweden. The combined population of these municipalities is almost 950.000 inhabitants. The task of the association is to promote co-operation over municipal borders and provide a forum for the exchange of ideas and experience within the region.
In May 2015, GR representative Susanne Mitchell attended a meeting with the International Coordinator Anna Maderner at the Municipality of Stenungsund to present the concept of iMOVE organization and to give an update of the project status. The Upper Secondary school in Stenungsund, Nösnäsgymnasiet has an ambitious program for its VET students. Since 2004 the school has been involved in student mobilities, mainly to EU countries, but also outside the EU. The schools current Erasmus+ project “working around Europe” gives 20 students the opportunity to complete 4 weeks work practice in another EU country.
Internationalization is central to the school. It gives students a deeper understanding of international solidarity and prepares them to work in a future society with more frequent contacts across national and cultural boundaries. Internationalization also creates opportunities for students to understand the values inherent in cultural diversity. For this reason, part of the school’s curriculum is that “international contacts, educational exchanges with foreign countries and work practice in other countries should be promoted”. iMOVE platform could provide a valuable resource for the school in its future program of student mobilities.