Overview

IN2IT: Internationalization by Innovative Technology
 
Project IN2IT aims to develop and implement an innovative technological infrastructure for the purpose of advancing internationalization in higher education, and thereby to expand the practical applications of internationalization in Israeli academic colleges, to strengthen the capacities for teaching, learning, research, and training, and to improve the quality and positioning of Israeli state-funded academic colleges in higher education.
Internationalization will be accomplished by focusing on three core international academic activities:
(a) teaching and learning academic curriculum;
(b) knowledge sharing by research communities;
(c) academy-industry/community cooperation.
All three core academic activities will be internationalized with the support of contemporary innovative technologies.

In the current era of globalization, the role of HEIs as providers of global citizenship competencies increases. In this context, internationalization in HEIs contributes to the development of students' skills and employability in the 21st century. The successful results of Tempus IRIS, which introduced internationalization to the colleges, yielded an environment that encourages the colleges to move forward by taking internalization to practical realization. Project IN2IT aims to build on the strategic capabilities developed in TEMPUS IRIS by developing and delivering operational capabilities for internationalizations. Project IN2IT aspires to exploit available information and communications technologies (ICT), as relatively low cost available tools to be used in the service of advancing internationalization and make it accessible to all global citizens, in the classroom and at home.
The IN2IT project was awarded by the Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency – EACEA in the Erasmus Plus Programme for education, training, youth and sport. The IN2IT is a three-year project (2015-2018) that will be executed by 14 partners from Israel and the EU.
IN2IT Partners
The eight Israeli partner colleges are ORT Braude College of Engineering (Coordinator), Al-Qasemi Academic College of Education, Beit Berl College, Kaye Academic College of Education, Sapir Academic Collage, Shenkar College of Engineering, Design and Art, Tel Aviv Yaffo Academic College, and Tel Hai Academic College. In addition, Varam, the Board of Public Academic Colleges in Israel is an associate partner. The six European partner universities are Università Cattolica del Sacro Cuore (Italy), Politecnico di Milano (Italy), Pädagogische Hochschule Ludwigsburg / Ludwigsburg University of Education (Germany), Université de Montpellier (France), Kingston University London (UK), and Warsaw University of Technology (Poland).
The collaboration of Israeli colleges, which have strong entrepreneurial and technological capabilities, with EU universities, which have solid substantial international experience, creates a unique opportunity for the development and implementation of an advanced, state-of-the-art, sustainable technological platform for internationalization in higher education that will create a competitive advantage for colleges in Israel.

IN2IT Scope
IN2IT execution will consist of ten work packages: WP1: International Capability Maturity Framework; Wp2: International Team Building; WP3: International Virtual Curriculum; WP4: International CoP (Communities of Practice) for knowledge sharing; WP5: Academy-industry/community cooperation; WP6: Innovative technological platform; WP7: Quality Assurance; WP8: Dissemination; WP9: Sustainability and Exploitation; and WP10: Project Management.

Each work package will be managed by a supervising leader. The project consists of detailed and organized work procedures, with allocated resources and budget, on a three-year schedule. The project will be managed by communication, control and follow-up programs – the various stakeholders will make informed decisions on the basis of these programs.