More than £100,000 of EU funding has been given to the College of West Anglia to allow students and staff to pioneer links across Europe.
Already students have linked with colleges in Germany and the Netherlands. And next year Emma Forrest-Leigh, visual and performing arts programme manager, will visit Malta for a possible link up.
Driving forward the college’s European projects is Chris Challender, the college’s executive director partnership, which put it ahead of others in East Anglia.
Students from Lynn are involved in a two-year project, Smart – Soul Mates In Art. Next stage will be for seven students to travel to the Netherlands in December to plan how the art work relating to stereotypes, undertaken by 21 students, seven from each of colleges in Holland, Germany and Lynn, will be exhibited.
Finally, the work will be put on show in a number of European countries, which all students will attend.
Lynn students have spent time on work experience in Bonn, Germany, undertaking projects such as work in the advertising industry.
The College of West Anglia is already leading the way in East Anglia on European partnerships. As well as SMART it is also involved in SHIP – Social History In the Present – where it will work with colleges from Germany, Poland, Czech Republic, Italy, Spain and France, with €175,000 in funding having been granted from the EU.
College principal David Pomfret said: “In the past three years we’ve developed a wide-ranging European programme, which has generated professional development placements for more than 30 members of staff and has enabled more than 120 students to actively engage with one or more of our 15 European partner colleges.”
He said the benefits were clear, raising motivation and aspiration levels for staff and students alike.
n Art and Design and Media students are hosting a four-week visit for a group of students who will experience the college’s timetable.
The College of West Anglia has also been hosting guests from within the EU.
Mr Pomfret welcomed Paivi Kalliomaki, Pia Karppela and Tommi Neuvonen from Kouvola College in Finland, which is about two hours’ drive from Helsinki.
The three representatives were visiting to observe and gain knowledge on how to promote apprenticeship schemes and their benefits.
The Finnish guests were highly impressed with the standard of apprenticeship delivery and the two colleges have now formally cemented an exchange programme to start during the next year.
It is expected that the college will send several electricians, plumbers, carpenters, security and cultural and heritage venue operations apprentices to Finland while there will be a number of health and social care, engineers and security students arriving from Finland during 2014.