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Implementing and researching Virtual Exchange in Higher Education institutions


Change of plans high-level policy event Brussels, June 2020

Considering the serious nature of the current global health crisis, EVOLVE and the NICE project who are co-organising the event with us, have decided to postpone the High-level Policy Event “Virtual Exchange: Next Steps in University Education” which was originally planned to take place in Brussels on 25 June 2020.

However, we have adapted to the new situation as best as possible and we now plan to do the following for those of you who are interested in how Virtual Exchange can be integrated and promoted in university education contexts:

First, we will hold three short online virtual events in the months of June, September and October. Each one will provide an introduction to some aspect of Virtual Exchange, an overview of projects and initiatives as well as having guest speakers from the world of university education. The first of these will take place on 25 June so please adjust your diaries accordingly. More details on the exact time and location of the virtual event will follow shortly. 

Second, these virtual events will culminate in a one-day event in Brussels in late October. This event will bring together the different issues which have been touched on during the virtual events. It will also give participants who are interested in Virtual Exchange the opportunity to compare experiences with other colleagues.  

Further details on the virtual events and the final event in Brussels will be announced on this website and our social media channels presently. 

For more information, please contact the EVOLVE project coördinator, S. Jager,

Teacher training testimonials

Four teachers who participated in the EVOLVE Training programme (Online Training Co-laboratory) in autumn 2018 share their opinion sabout the training in the video below.




“….helped us to have this fantastic and smooth running Virtual Exchange.”

“What I liked most about the training was the self-pace and the personalisation of the content….”

“I encourage everyone to join in – you will love it!”


The full videos of the teachers can be viewed on the Training page, where you will also find more information on the EVOLVE and Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange training programmes.

Meeting with members of the European Parliament, Brussels (February 2019)

On February 6 2019, the Virtual Exchange projects EVALUATE, Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange and EVOLVE gave presentations together in the workshop “Virtual Exchange for digital skills and global citizenship” at the European Parliament in Brussels. The workshop was organised by MEP Yana Toom on the occasion of her recent report on Digital Education in Europe. The event was attended by approximately 45 MEPs and stakeholders from other organisations with offices in Brussels. This included members of the Commission, the German DAAD and the European Students Union. Robert O’Dowd, Sarah Guth, José Díez Verdejo, Pilar Garcés (Ministry Castilla y León, Spain) and Sake Jager presented the state-of-the-art of VE in Europe reporting from the projects in which they are involved.

Sarah Guth and José Díez Verdejo introduced VE and presented results from the groundbreaking Erasmus+ Virtual Exchange project.

Robert O’Dowd presented the results of  the EVALUATE Project which he is coordinating and Pilar Garcés, director general of universities in Castilla y León, explained how her public authority was using the outcomes of EVALUATE to integrate Virtual Exchange in their policy development.

Sake Jager, as project coordinator of EVOLVE, had selected the motto “digital is the new international” for his presentation, pointing out that VE is not yet well known in Higher Education, neither as a tool in digital education nor as a tool for internationalisation. He believes that digitalisation and internationalisation strategies and policies should be further integrated to reap the benefits of this innovative educational practice, which practitioners worldwide are beginning to embrace as a form of collaborative online international learning.

How EVOLVE supports Virtual Exchange

What is Virtual Exchange (VE)? How is it relevant for Higher Education today? And how does EVOLVE support developing it further? Watch these videos to hear the team experts’ views on VE and EVOLVE.


Survey teacher pedagogical skills

Survey teacher pedagogical skills

If you are a Higher Education teacher implementing VE, we would greatly appreciate it if you could participate in our survey on pedagogical skills. As part EVOLVE, whose aim is to mainstream Virtual Exchange (VE), we conduct research into the evolution of pedagogical...

Save the date!  June 25 2020: High-level policy event Brussels

Save the date! June 25 2020: High-level policy event Brussels

High-level Policy Event: Virtual Exchange: Next Steps in University Education   On 25 June 2020, the EVOLVE project will be organising a high-level policy event in Brussels on the current state and future directions of Virtual Exchange in HE in Europe and...


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What is virtual exchange?

Virtual Exchange (VE) refers to education programmes or activities in which constructive communication and interaction takes place between individuals or groups who are geographically separated and/or from different cultural backgrounds, with the support of educators or facilitators.


The EVOLVE training programme helps educators in developing the essential skills for setting up Virtual Exchanges.

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Through state-of-the-art research, the impact of virtual exchanges implemented in the project will be measured.

A network of exchanges

The EVOLVE partners work closely together with institutions from the Coimbra Group and SGroup university networks to mainstream Virtual Exchange as innovative educational practice in Higher Education. This maps presents an overview of (past) exchanges from the partners in our network, and includes exchanges set up by participants of our training. Each line symbolizes an exchange: click on the line and then on the pop-up link to get more information about a specific exchange.

Click here to view a list with a summary of all exchanges.


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