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Virtual Mobility Project Grants

The ACU Virtual Mobility Project Grants provide funding for ACU members to deliver a virtual mobility project – such as an online summer school – in partnership with another ACU member university. The grants aim to help students enhance their intercultural skills and global knowledge without the need for physical travel. Watch this video to learn more about virtual mobility projects.

What does the grant cover?

Five grants of a maximum of GBP 4,500 are available to ACU member university staff. Each grant will be split between the two institutions collaborating on the project.

The grants cover the costs of delivering a virtual mobility project. This can include:

  • Students from the two partner institutions collaborating on an assessed project
  • A virtual event such as an online summer school
  • Virtual experiential learning
  • Another type of virtual mobility project which fits the aims of the scheme – this must be defined in the application form

How to apply 

As part of the application form, applicants must provide an overview of the project, which will:

  • Describe the project’s learning outcomes
  • Specify how the planned activity will contribute to students’ intercultural skills and global knowledge as well as other personal development, academic and employability outcomes

What is virtual mobility?

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Meet our Grantees


Universiti of Malaya, Malaysia and South Eastern University, Sri Lanka 

Universiti of Malaya and South Eastern University will deliver a collaborative student project on ‘Intercultural Microsoft Innovative Training’ to help students develop their digital skills. The project will involve 16 students from the Department of Curriculum and Instructional Technology, Faculty of Education, Universiti Malaya who will develop and deliver training to support 350 students from the South Eastern University, Sri Lanka. The activity will contribute to students’ intercultural skills and global knowledge, as well as other personal development, academic, employability outcomes.

Kitt University, India and Kampala International University, Uganda 

Kitt University and Kampala International University will deliver a virtual event looking at the importance of ethics and integrity during COVID-19. The event is designed to help students explore ethical dilemmas, ethical decision-making, and universal human values. This project is an attempt to explore how young adults are engaging with technology during this global communication crisis and to make them understand the importance of media integrity and ethics as a viewer and user.

The University of Derby, United Kingdom and the University of Education Winneba, Ghana 

The University of Derby and the University of Education Winneba will co-host a virtual event on ‘Education for Sustainable Development’ to support learning of the SDGs. This virtual mobility project will draw on UNESCO’s Education for Sustainable Development framework to develop an online inter-cultural exchange between students from Ghana and the UK that focuses on the theme of a sustainable future. The workshop will emphasise SDG 17, partnership for the goals, which seeks to strengthen implementation of the SDGs and revitalize the global partnership for sustainable development.

Newcastle University, United Kingdom and the University of Nicosia, Cyprus

Newcastle University and the University of Nicosia will deliver a virtual summer school on ‘Sharing Good Practice in Multilingual and Intercultural Virtual Learning Spaces’. The event will bring together 40 post-graduate Education and Intercultural Communication students from diverse backgrounds to develop their intercultural communication and multilingual skills for employability and global engagement. In addition to helping students improve their project management, leadership, and digital skills, the event will support cooperation among the two universities to promote intercultural exchange. One of the outputs of this project will be a series of case studies based on the experiences of participants and their experiences as teachers and/or teacher trainers that will be applicable to other contexts as examples of good practice.

University of Western University (UWO), Canada and the University of Rwanda (UR)

University of Western University (UWO) and the University of Rwanda (UR) will deliver a three-week online summer school to bring together students at Huron College at UWO, with undergraduate students at UR. The summer school will specifically have three areas of focus:

  • Genocide studies, peacebuilding, transitional justice, and peace education in a comparative context.
  • Rwanda’s post-genocide recovery, with particular attention to its transitional justice process (i.e. International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, the Gacaca Courts, and ordinary courts), reconciliation experience, and local/community-level peacebuilding initiatives.
  • Canada’s post-genocide recovery with regards to its cultural genocide against the Indigenous peoples, with particular attention to its transitional justice process (i.e. the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada), reconciliation experience, and local/community-level peacebuilding initiatives.