When searching and selecting partners for Erasmus+ projects, schools should consider several important factors to ensure a successful collaboration. Here are some tips to guide the process:
Look for schools or institutions that have experience in the field or topic relevant to your project. Consider factors such as their previous participation in Erasmus+ projects, their reputation, and their resources.
Utilize networking platforms, both online and offline, to connect with potential partners. The School Education Gateway and eTwinning are two platforms specifically designed for finding Erasmus+ partners. Attend relevant conferences, seminars, and workshops to meet potential collaborators face-to-face.
Evaluate the capacity and commitment of potential partners to actively contribute to the project. Assess their willingness to invest time, resources, and effort required for successful implementation.
Your Municipality may be part of transnational networks or have Twin Towns.
National Agencies responsible for Erasmus+ in your country can provide guidance and support in finding suitable partners. Reach out to them for advice, resources, and recommendations.
Erasmus+ encourages transnational cooperation, so consider partnering with schools from different countries. Collaborating with partners from diverse backgrounds can enrich the project by bringing different perspectives and experiences.
Assess the compatibility and complementarity of potential partners. Look for partners whose strengths and expertise complement your own, allowing for a well-rounded collaboration. Consider the alignment of values, teaching approaches, and educational systems.
While it may be tempting to partner with numerous institutions, it is crucial to prioritize quality over quantity. Focus on establishing a few strong partnerships that align closely with your project goals rather than spreading resources thinly across multiple collaborations.
Before finalizing partnerships, conduct a preliminary meeting (in person or virtually) to discuss project objectives, roles and responsibilities, and clarify any doubts or concerns. This meeting will help assess the compatibility and commitment of potential partners.