1. What is upgrade2europe?

upgrade2europe is the result of the EU project of the same name: an integrated digital learning tool with six products, with which users can learn the necessary skills for the Europeanisation of their organisations one step at a time on the job and apply them directly in their daily work (work-based learning approach). Training providers can use the materials and a sample curriculum for training programmes.

As well as an analysis tool, upgrade2europe offers further tools for organisational development and a wealth of information on the topic of Europeanisation.

The integrated digital learning tool takes a holistic approach with its six products:
  • A self-analysis tool for organisations to determine their level of ‘institutional readiness’
  • A handbook with various tools that can be used directly in day-to-day work for organisational development
  • An email course that offers an entertaining introduction to the topic of Europeanisation
  • Learning videos to inspire, educate and serve as a further sources of information
  • A curriculum for developing training programmes
  • A process model containing the theoretical and methodological foundations on which upgrade2europe was developed

You can find out more about the upgrade2europe project here.

2. Who was upgrade2europe developed for?

upgrade2europe supports small and medium-sized organizations (SMOs) such as associations or foundations, educational institutions, and SMEs from the service sector in facing the challenges of transnational work in Europe.

Even though upgrade2europe was explicitly developed for the target groups mentioned above, other organisations and enterprises can still benefit from the digital integrate learning tool with its six products.

3. Which topics does upgrade2europe address?

upgrade2europe provides a holistic approach to the topic of Europeanisation, all upgrade2europe products were designed and developed based on the theoretical and methodological groundwork described in detail in the process model. Whilst working on the process model we identified nine process areas. These nine thematic areas can be assigned to four upgrade2europe domains.

Corporate Governance – The foundations for success
• Mission, vision and organisational culture
• Strategy and assessment
• European and international dimension

Management and Leadership – Getting it right
• Management Excellence
• International activities and international project management
• Leadership Excellence

Operations & Resources – People, Infrastructure and Finances
• People and Infrastructure
• Financial Capacity and Financial Management

European Partnerships & Alliances – Cooperation and Communication
• Cooperation and external Communication

4. How can I make the best use of upgrade2europe?

If you are considering whether to start a process of Europeanisation or want to know where you currently stand in an ongoing process of Europeanisation, then you should begin with the upgrade2europe self-analysis tool. With this tool, you can quickly assess your organisation’s current ‘institutional readiness’ for Europe. The result will be a comprehensive individual evaluation with various tips and recommendations for your next concrete steps.

In the evaluation of your self-assessment, you will also learn which of the 15 tools from the upgrade2europe handbook will best support you in the areas that you should prioritise. The upgrade2europe handbook is designed to provide you with at least one practical tool for all essential Europeanisation tasks your organisation is facing, enabling you to begin optimising your current situation without delay.

If you want to learn more about some of the central tools from the upgrade2europe handbook whilst investing minimal time, we recommend starting with the upgrade2europe email course. The email course offers an easy and gradual introduction to the topic of Europeanisation. The ten emails you will receive over a ten-week period provide an engaging introduction to the methodology of upgrade2europe. They also offer initial practical tips on how to best use the tools in your organisation.

Another way into the topic of Europeanisation is provided by the upgrade2europe learning videos. These videos give you insights into the opportunities and challenges that come with a process of Europeanisation. You can use the videos as a first source of inspiration, as a place to find information during your process of Europeanisation, or as a supplementary learning resource for an upgrade2europe workshop.

The upgrade2europe curriculum was explicitly developed for trainers and educational providers. The curriculum provides the basics for designing workshops and training on the topic of Europeanisation. It describes the knowledge, skills, and abilities required to successfully manage a process of Europeanisation. The curriculum was developed based on the European Qualifications Framework (EQF) level 5.

Last but not least comes the upgrade2europe process model. This document is of interest to those who want to learn more about the methodological foundations of upgrade2europe. With its four stages of development, the process model brings structure to the upgrade2europe process of organisational development and provides the basis for recommending specific tools and tips for each organisation’s individual development.

5. Is it completely free to use the upgrade2europe products?

Yes. The development of the integrated digital learning tool upgrade2europe with its six products was supported within the EU programme Erasmus+. Use of the products is offered to you completely free of charge.

6. Which copyrights and rights of use apply to upgrade2europe?

The integrated digital learning tool upgrade2europe with its six products is subject to the license:
Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0)

You are free to:

Share – copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format

Adapt -remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, including commercially.

Under the following terms:

Attribution – You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use.

ShareAlike – If you remix, transform, or build upon the material, you must distribute your contributions under the same license as the original.

7. Who’s behind upgrade2europe?

Seven organisations from Bulgaria, Estonia, Germany, Italy, Hungary and Cyprus have jointly developed the integrated learning tool upgrade2europe with its six products as part of the EU project with the same name. Under the project management of emcra – Co-shaping Europe, all partners contributed to the success of the project and together developed the holistic upgrade2europe approach to accompany organisations on their journey towards Europe.

You can find more information about the upgrade2europe partners here.

8. How are confidential dealings with my data ensured?

emcra – Co-shaping Europe takes the protection of your data very seriously. We want you to know when we collect any data and how we use it. We have taken technical and organisational measures which ensure that regulations regarding data protection have been observed. Please read our privacy policy for further information.