Welcome to RURAL 3.O: Service-Learning for Rural Development

Programme Erasmus+ Key Action: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices

Action Type: Knowledge Alliances for higher education

Project: Summary:

The project Rural 3.0: Service Learning for the Rural Development will set a framework for an integrated transnational approach of academic teaching and learning that contributes to the development of rural areas, meeting their needs and boosting innovation in these areas through an innovative methodology and creating community-university partnerships.

The project will set up a common framework and online space at the European level to stimulate rural social entrepreneurship, the development of the core skills of the rural residents, and to make university students responsive to the needs of rural areas while working with the rural communities to develop sustainable economic, social and environmental solutions.

RURAL 3.0: Service-learning for Rural Development

Project objectives:

  • Analyse in which way rural communities can be given access to services that students can provide
  • Evaluate the extent to which service learning (SL) occurs in rural areas, in which forms and, how effective it is
  • Establish a structure of rural service learning education shared and developed by the international HEIs and rural partners
  • Promote education that improves lives of people in rural areas and their communities
  • Strengthen the skills and the innovative capacity of adult rural social entrepreneurs (SE)
  • Provide practical SL and SE experiences to students in the specific rural settings
  • Facilitate development of the core skills and rural SE amongst high potential rural community in line with the aims of green economy

Project results:

  • Brings HEIs and community enterprises together to work on common issue – development of the necessary knowledge and skills needed to make change in rural communities
  • Supports the modernisation of Europe’s HE through the transnational curriculum based on the innovative service-learning approach to teaching & learning that brings students, academics and community together to jointly develop solutions for challenging issues, product and process innovation
  • Stimulates social entrepreneurship of HE teachers and rural entities through transnational cooperation between HEIs and rural partners jointly developing and implementing new learning and teaching methods
  • Facilitates the exchange, flow and co-creation of knowledge through collaborative virtual hub, where rural entities (public and private partners from the rural territory that are representatives from different socio-economic sectors) and HEIs will collaborate on creation, piloting and evaluation of OERs during and after the project ends

Project contributions SDGS’s:

  • GOAL 4: Quality Education
  • GOAL 8: Decent Work and Economic Growth
  • GOAL 11: Sustainable cities and communities
  • GOAL 17: Partnerships for the goals
Project website:

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Contact person: Linda Saraiva

Email: lindasaraiva@ese.ipvc.pt

Project start date: 01/01/2019

Project finishing date: 31/12/2021