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International projects - Erlend samskipti

VMA is a comprehensive college offering both general and vocational education. The school has been involved in several projects funded by Nordplus and Erasmus. Projects include mobilities of teachers and students as well as strategic partnership.

The international coordinator for VMA is Valgerður Húnbogadóttir valgerdur.hunbogadottir@vma.is

VMA PIC number for Erasmus applications is 947240309. Organization ID is E10161282.

Below is information on the projects that VMA participates in 2021-2022:


BlendVET is funded by Iceland, Liechtenstein, Norway grants and is a cooperative project between three countries; Iceland, Slovenia and Norway. The main topic of BlendVET is boosting digital skills and developing didactical solutions for introducing online learning in VET programmes. This project is a response to the need of VET providers to review their strategies in order to integrate digital technologies in their teaching, learning and organisational practices. The BlendVET project comprises a series of development and training activities aiming to support the development of VET professionals’ pedagogical and digital competencies, and to provide comprehensive didactical and digital solutions for teaching and learning processes.

ELECTROECO TEAM - 2021-1-IS01-KA220-VET-000024804

ELECTROECO TEAM is a cooperation partnership project between six electro schools; VMA in Akureyri Iceland, IES Santa Lucía in Canary Spain, BMSZC Egressy Gábor Két Tanítási Nyelvű Technikum in Budapest Hungary, MTAL in Istanbul Turkey, Agora in Roermond Netherlands and Solski Center in Celje Slovenia. The project is based on workshops where the students work together on projects centered around sustainability and green energy. The main goals of the project are; to raise awareness among students of the impact of climate change and the importance of acting also from a professional level, to develop a set of mini technical projects in an international environment, with a sustainable and environmental approach, to learn and work together with other EU students, to create and share samples of best practices, to establish new connections between peer schools and o train good quality trainees/workers with international knowledge, skills and competence-base, relevant to work life.

This is a two-year project that will start with a Kick off meeting in Slovenia in December 2021. Each participating country will host one workshop where students and teachers from all participant countries will meet to work together on the project's objectives. The workshop in Akureyri will be held in May 2022.

DigitalVET 4 all - 2021-1-FI01-KA220-VET-000025516



The project aims to tackle the challenges of inclusion and equity in virtual teaching and learning environments. This project provides teachers a virtual space for sharing information on inclusive teaching methods. The overall objective of this project is to bring European VET teachers together online to experiment, create and share virtual and digital experiences and practices. Teachers have only too few possibilities to share their thoughts and doubts with national and international peers, especially in the present era of restrictions. The primary aim of this project is to offer teachers in VET from different disciplines across Europe a chance to co-create and co-experiment innovative practices when developing digital learning and teaching material that develop the students’ vocational skills and key competences for lifelong learning. Read more about the project.

VET 4 Change - 2020-1-FR01-KA2020-080504

The project aims to find the tools and innovative methods to better meet territorial needs in form of required skills and also to improve the dialogue between education/training system skills. Action learning and research methods will be used in this project. The partners in this project are MFR Grand EstFrance, GAL Cluj Napoca Romania, Breza Croatia, BSC Slovenia, IFOCAP France, Inter Mondes Belgium, Leader Union Estonia and VMA Iceland.

Ready for the World - 2020-1-IS01-KA229-065828

For this project three schools will be working together on the topic: How can we assist and empower people in need for help? The three schools participating in the project are; Verkmenntaskólinn á Akureyri in Iceland, SOSU Randers in Denmark and Morgen College which is a part of the Landstede school group in Harderwiijk in the Netherlands. Each school will form a diverse group of 10-15 students from all layers of society, that will meet in each country and work together on the topic.

Rotten Shark and Aioli: Sharing Culinary Culture to Erase Differences - 2019-1-FR01-KA229-062996

The project is funded by the Erasmus+ program and is based on cooperation between the culinary department in VMA and MFR La Tour d´Aigues in Southern France. The aim of the project is to work with local food traditions, both old traditions as well as local modern food processing. Here in Akureyri the students will get to know and present local food production and the same goes for the French students. The plan was to welcome a group of French students and teachers in Akureyri in spring 2020 and to send a group of students and teachers from VMA to France a week later. Due to Covid-19 the visits have been postponed.

VET@Work - 2018-1-FI01-KA202-047198

This Erasmus project is in some ways a direct continuation of other Erasmus projects, Workmentor and AppMentor, which VMA also participated in. The main aim of the project is to produce an online manual for implementing innovative ways of collaborating with the labor market when educating students within VET. Participants in the project come from both the educational system and the labour market. VMA's partners in the project are Het Idee and Stichting Welzijn Lelystad from the Netherlands, Axxell Utbildning AB and Raseborgs stad from Finland, Nantes Terre Atlantique from France, Broadshoulders Ltd from the UK and Hársnyrtistofan Medulla.

Empowerment by innovation - a must for inclusion - NPJR-2019/10113

This is a project that is funded by Nordplus and is based on a collaboration between schools in Finland, Estonia, Lithuania, Sweden, Denmark and the Business and Economics department in VMA. The project centers around using creative and innovative methods when it comes to the social inclusion of immigrants. That is the topic that the students will be working with. A group of students from VMA visited a school in Porvoo in Finland in October 2019. The remaining visits have been postponed due to Covid-19.

Students gaining experience abroad - Erasmus+

VMA is actively involved in sending students abroad for training and also takes care of students from abroad. VMA is working with SOSU in Randers Denmark and with Salpaus Lahti Finland in sending students for work placements in other countries.

Previous projects:

Completing Secondary Education - 2014-2017

This is an Erasmus + KA2 project. Charlottenlund in Trondheim Norway is the coordinator, partners are VMA and schools in Denmark, Finland, Netherlands and Germany. The project aims at collecting procedures and solutions that have been used and have proven supportive to students having difficulty in finishing their secondary education.

Webpage for the CSE prjoject

CSE - best practice brochure

GreenPOP - 2014-2017

VMA takes part in a project in Macedonia about Organic Agriculture.


FING project on oil and gas, offshore work - 2014-2016

The FING project is a project funded by Nordplus and NORA. This is a project that looks to establishing an innovative network of quality within oil and gas training and education, while taking into account environmental and safety issues.


WorkQual - Workmentoring within a Quality management System- 2014-2016

Structure for Cooperation Between School and Small and Medium-sized Enterprices (SMEs). The WorkQual project is directly related to WorkMentor.


The Workqual project was approved and started in September 2014. The goal of the WorkQual project is to develop a standardized approach to placing students in workplaces. The idea is to collect information, sheets, checklists and procedures and form a general model of how to work with workplaces to place students in workplaces. VMA, Norway, Finland, England, Netherlands and France.

Continuum Skole Jobb - 2014-2015

The department for special education in VMA is working on a project to compare and improve the cooperation between schools and the workplaces where students in special education are being trained.

Sharing good practices in vocatonal training for automotive technology and Transport - 2014

VMA is taking part in a Nordplus project about Automotive education. This is a mobility project and based on visits between three schools, in Akureyri, Finland and Estonia.

WorkMentor - 2011-2013

The WorkMentor project has been an important part of the international work at VMA. VMA was the coordinating partner in a project that started October 2011 and ended in October 2013. The WorkMentor project transferred the methods of mentoring into the relationship between a student in a workplace and an experienced worker supporting the student.

Collaboration with Charlottenlund Comprehensive College Trondheim Norway - 2014

Spring 2014, VMA paired up with Charlottenlund VGS (Videregaende Skole) which is a school /Comprehensive College in Trondheim, Norway. Together the two colleges sent applications for grants to the Nordplus programme to fund visits from students and teachers to the schools.

AppMentor – 2016-1- FI01-KA202- 022668

This European Erasmus+ Project brings together seven partners from across Europe with an interest in using technology as a tool to strengthen the mentoring process during work based learning. The partners plan to experiment using different technology to improve: communication, learning; mentoring and mentoring and review between the student, employer and tutor / trainer.


Nordic Modern and Criminal Literature – a Language and Reading Project - NPLA-2015/10003

This is a Nordplus project whose main objective is to increase Nordic cultural awareness and knowledge among students and teachers of the participants. The partners will also be experimenting with new methods for acquiring skills in Nordic languages. The partners in this project are Hadeland High School in Oslo, Katrinelundsgymnasiet in Gothenburg, Copenhagen's KVUC, Forening Norden in Norway, the Library in Gran Municipality in Norway, the University of Aarhus, the University of Gothenburg and VMA.

"InnoVET", Innovative VET devices in rural areas - 2017-1-FR01-KA202-03748

While economic globalization continues to put in tension territorial economic and social balance, many local actors are looking for tools and innovative ways to improve the adequacy between training offers and skills needs.What is at stake is how to enable workers to adapt to the changes of the local production system, while at the same time promoting competitiveness of small and very small businesses that make up the main part of the territorial economy. The partners in this project are MFR France, MFR Reunion island, Vivasol Lithuania, Sol et Civilisation France, BSC Slovenia, IFOCAP France, OFFA Belgium, GAL Napoca Romania and VMA.

Win Win Sports Project - 2017-1-NO01-KA201-034190

This Erasmus+ Project brings together three Nordic partners; VMA, Oppdal Norway and Fjerritslev Denmark. The department of sports science in VMA will participate in this project which involves sharing innovating practices in connection to sports education and mobility of both students and teachers.


Language and land expansion of the vikings - NPLA-2018/10040

The project is a two-year language and reading project (Nordplus Nordic Language) between four cooperative schools in Iceland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway. The aim of the project is to increase student´s knowledge and understanding of Nordic languages, history, culture and society. Another aim is also to develop teaching materials that can be used for teaching in Nordic languages and Nordic language history. The role of the participants in the project is to build networks, develop teaching materials and teaching plans. Two teachers from each school will teach one week at a time in one of the partner schools each year.




secondary school in Oppdal, Norway, a well-known ski school that applies for the project. The partners are three; VMA, Oppdal and Fjerritslev, a Previou


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