SocNet98 – A Social Work Erasmus Network since 1998

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Who are we?

We are a functioning network of Social Work Faculties under the scheme of Erasmus Life Long Learning program of the European Union (higher educational institutions) which was founded in 1998 during an international conference in Groningen (NL) and Jena (Germany) by universities of Groningen, Emden, Jena, Odense and Porsgrunn. In the meantime the network includes several partners all over Europe. To see specifically who they are and what they do, please visit this page.


SocNet 98's group

Coordinator meting in Hasselt, Belgium 2012

What do we do?

We exchange teachers and students on an individual and bilateral level. We secure a working platform for partners in the network cooperating especially within the Erasmus program of the so-called life long learning program of the European Union (the universities named above have common bilateral Erasmus contracts). We cover relevant aspects of social work in a multinational perspective through organising and participation in the International University Week which is held every year in April or May. We take turns – every other year we organise receiving students and teachers from the network – every other year we send students and teachers to other institutions in the network. The International University Week is often the first step for students to make personal contacts regarding exchange on an individual basis.

What do we offer?

We are currently looking for new members in other European countries to join our network. We offer a well-functioning network with engaged people who think that internationalisation is an important aspect in social work education. All Universities are linked via bilateral Erasmus contract with each other to foster student and teacher exchange.

Every year in April the International University Week is hosted by at least three network universities wich bring together students and teachers from all university partners. In October we take turns hosting a network meeting with the participation of international co-ordinators and other relevant persons. The common language of our network meetings and International University Week is English.

What do we expect from you?

SocNet's 98 coordinators

Coordinator meeting in Czeske Budeovice (Czech Republic), october 2013 : official picture of the coordinators (tired after so much talking and thinking but happy to be there!).

We expect you to be interested in:

  • Exchanging students and teachers
  • Organising an International University Week every 2nd or 3rd year
  • Sending students and teachers to International University Weeks in other European countries
  • We expect and provide responsibility and active participation and look forward to welcoming you in our network. Therefore, bilateral Erasmus contracts with the network partners are necessary.

If you want to contact us, click here.

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