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HOME - Home Of Mobile Europeans

Politecnico di Milano is partner of HOME project — financed by EU through ERASMUS+ 2019 — to boost international student mobility. The project will develop quality standards for student housing and provide the digital infrastructure for a shared data information system. It is a great achievement that repays us for the hard work we have done during the last years on student housing issues.

Along with Politecnico di Milano (represented by prof. Oscar Eugenio Bellini, prof. Matteo Gambaro and myself) the consortium is made by HousingAnywhere (coordinator), ESN - Erasmus Student Network, EUF - European University Foundation, UIPI - International Union of Property Owners, CONFIA.

We are now at work for developing new ideas, collecting data and supporting the research of our international partners!

Find below the press release of the project:

Rotterdam, September 26, 2019 — Project HOME, short for Home of Mobile Europeans, announces it will receive funding as a Strategic Partnership under the KA2 of the Erasmus+ Programme of the European Commission, and operations will commence this October. The project, initiated by a consortium of six organizations coordinated by housing platform HousingAnywhere and executed with the help of partners and stakeholders, will work on boosting international mobility by defining and implementing quality standards for international student and trainee housing, while also creating a shared data information system. The official launch of HOME will be at EAIE 2019, Europe’s largest international higher education conference, which will take place from 24 to 27 September in Helsinki, Finland.

The need for standards
Finding reliable and safe accommodation is the main obstacle to international mobility for students, as confirmed by the HousErasmus+ Report. The latest European Commission Erasmus+ quality survey also illustrates how satisfaction with support in finding accommodation has undergone a substantial decrease (now at 65%, which is -12% compared to the previous survey). With the European Commission planning on doubling the budget and tripling the volumes of international mobility by 2027, there is now, more than ever, a need for developing the HousErasmus+ learnings into a concrete plan of action. Such an answer must be forward-looking and in line with the digital integration framework of student mobility services, as set by Erasmus Without Paper, the European Student Card and the Erasmus+ App.

Project HOME tackles one of the core obstacles to mobility: the lack of accessible and affordable accommodation. To do so, HOME will first define a set of quality labels in terms of security and accessibility, international student friendliness and an indication of regional affordability, with a seal of official EU recognition. Secondly, HOME will develop a digitalized infrastructure that integrates the search for accommodation into a digital and easily accessible flow embedded in the existing and future European mobility frameworks (e.g., Erasmus+ without Papers, European Student Card and the Erasmus+ App). At the same time, educational resources are made accessible to everyone, along with a toolkit to spread and replicate the learnings at the local level.

“HOME will offer an infrastructure to provide and recommend trustable accommodation to students and trainees, who, at the moment, have no good way to judge the quality of the accommodations on offer, while landlords and housing operators will be empowered to certify the quality of their properties and offer them in a homogenized and officially recognized system,” says Djordy Seelmann, CEO of HousingAnywhere. “As a result, HOME will make it easier and safer for mobile students and trainees to find their new home abroad.

Partners and stakeholders
Partner organisations, ESN, EUF, Confia, UIPI and Polytechnic of Milan, were carefully selected to represent the different stakeholders of the European student housing market, such as the International Union of Property Owners (UIPI), the European University Foundation (EUF), the Polytechnic of Milan (PoliMi), the Erasmus Student Network (ESN International) and learning mobility experts CONFIA. The project has also claimed the endorsement of 40+ universities and housing providers, among which include: Nottingham Trent University and EU Business School and The Class of 2020 and Camplus Fondazione CEUR.

Project HOME fits within the framework of another project to digitize higher education: Erasmus Without Paper (EWP), which was initiated by the EUF and will provide a digital information infrastructure to students studying abroad. This will help to manage every aspect of their mobility, such as signing agreements, choosing courses and, most importantly, housing. Since EWP does not cover student housing, HOME complements it to make finding accommodation abroad easier and safer for all students. “The European University Foundation, representing leading universities from all across Europe, recognizes the issue of student housing as one of the main obstacles to student mobility,” says Stefan Jahnke, Head of Brussels office, European University Foundation and coordinator of the Erasmus Without Papers project. “This is why we are happy to play a central part in the HOME project. We look forward to contributing with our expertise on European policy issues, as well as to provide insight into the digitalization of the Erasmus+ management for Higher Education institutions as one of the main drivers to make student accommodation more broadly accessible and ensure the necessary quality through digital solutions.”

Project HOME covers the whole EU area. As a pilot, the initial dissemination and validation will focus on the regions where results are more easily scalable. Organized training will ensure that educational resources on the quality labels can be easily spread, with workshops replicated throughout Europe at the local level, bringing together the different stakeholders involved.

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The publication is the result of an ongoing research project at ABC Department, Politecnico di Milano University

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