What Soulbus?

Soulbus - Building Social Capital by Improving Multicultural Competence in Higher Education and Labour Market project’s aim is to build social capital between HEIs and training institutions by enhancing mutual communication and strengthening trust while working in tandem to meet the current and future challenges of multiculturalism in the fields of education, rehabilitation and social & health care. Soulbus project reinforces and develops the internationalization of the practical placements for foreign students and the guidance related to it as a vital part of the curriculum development.

Developing and reinforcing internationalization of the curriculum promotes degree and exchange students’ mobility and support their employability in their study country. The aim is to improve the quality of practical placement as a part of modernizing process of higher education in terms of multiculturalism by promoting mentors and teachers’ multicultural competence as transversal skills through the practice and the guidance included. High quality of multicultural competence of mentors and teachers helps to improve the attractiveness and the accessibility of the practical placements as a part of the curriculum activities in HEis for the benefits of the foreign students. The aim is also to deepen domestics’ students’ cultural awareness by improving their mentors and teachers’ multicultural competence.

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Project Objectives:

1. To describe and share the national practices related to the multicultural competence and identify weaknesses, challenges and good practices of the learning process of the foreign students in practical placement aiming at fostering interchange and strengthening trust and enhancing transnational communication between HEIs and training institution partners.

2. To promote the use of shared systematical and standardized procedures among HEIs and training institutions to harmonize the internationalization process of practical placements, to develop guidance methods and to support learning processes of foreign exchange and degree students.

3. To develop and implement the Multicultural coaching programme for the mentors and teachers in order to reinforce the link between curricular education activities with the development process of the practical placements and increase knowledge and skills of multiculturality among the mentors and teachers.

4. Produce and pilot the tailored actions of guidance of foreign students in each partner countries and peer-learn the pilots aiming at share innovations and creative solutions which can be incorporated into the national curriculums activities.

5. To create a strong learning community of the Soulbus consortium partners in order to continue educational collaboration beyond the project’s life cycle.

Contact info

Project Manager
Pia Piispanen, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi

Project Experts
Hanna Hopia, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi and
Sanna Sihvonen, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi