Erasmus Charter – Statement Policy
Erasmus Statement Policy
CUT’s participation in the Programme is part of its own strategy for modernization and internationalization whereby the key contribution of mobile staff and students and of participation in European and international cooperation projects is acknowledged strengthened and improved. Mobility of staff and students (EU and non-EU) and cooperation with other HEIs and other strategic partners, such as networks and enterprises through cooperation projects, is the central element of our institutional policy.
By signing the charter CUT agrees to its principles and commits to work towards the 5 objectives that contribute to the European Union’s modernization and internationalization agenda in higher education. More specifically CUT undertakes to
- Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
- Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
- Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation
- Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development
- Improving governance and funding
By agreeing to the principles of the Charter, CUT will work towards achieving these objectives by participating in student and staff mobility (within Europe and Third Countries) in strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, capacity building with neighboring countries, capacity building with Third Countries, networks and policy support measures. To this end, CUT undertakes to make mobility and cooperation the central elements of its institutional policy and as such:
- develop cooperation with partners in other EU or non-EU countries in the framework of a clear strategy for internationalization;
- promote and support student and staff mobility including from under-represented groups, and further develop nondiscrimination policies;
- outline a clear policy towards initiating its first joint modules/courses/degrees
- recognize the importance of and provide visibility to the results achieved by its staff members engaged in either individual mobility or in cooperation projects with strategic partners,
- take into account the results of internal monitoring of European and international mobility and cooperation activities to date, thus, further developing its international performance.
CUT partnerships include both participating as well as third countries with cooperation ranging either directly with HEIs or through knowledge alliances and networks as well as other strategic partners such as enterprises and regional authorities. Inter-institutional agreements or partnerships are based on a comprehensive understanding and shared quality requirements with the partner institution, with special attention to the compatibility of academic profiles. CUT regularly monitors the number of existing agreements and takes all necessary decisions to update and optimize balance both in geographical scope as well as with reference to academic interests and subject areas.
In the case of a Training Agreement all provisions to ensure a mobility of high quality are settled for both students and staff. CUT ensures that equal access and opportunities are open to mobile participants from all backgrounds. Our mobility target groups include both incoming and outgoing student credit mobility at Bachelor Master and Doctoral level from participating and non participating countries for studies as well as placements in enterprises. At the same time academic and non academic staff mobility between HEIs and enterprises is supported both for teaching and training with participating and non-participating countries. Staff from enterprises is also supported to deliver training courses.
With regards to staff and students mobility, including study and training, CUT objectives are in line with the 5 objectives set by the European Union’s modernization and internationalization agenda. CUT agrees to respect in full the principles of nondiscrimination, apply a selection process that is fair, transparent and documented, ensuring equal access and opportunities to all participants eligible for mobility. Furthermore, CUT agrees to ensure recognition for completed activities concerning studies and traineeships and charge no fees to incoming students for tuition, registration, examinations or access to laboratory and library facilities. At the same time CUT undertakes to provide information on courses available well in advance, and ensure that student and staff mobility documentation is prepared in advance within the framework of interinstitutional agreements. Assistance is ensured for obtaining visas and with reference to accommodation as well as information for insurance costs. CUT undertakes to ensure high linguistic proficiency for outgoing mobility, equal academic
treatment and services for home students/ staff, incoming mobile participants and their linguistic proficiency. Finally, CUT undertakes to ensure appropriate mentoring and accurate recording in the DS.
CUT strategy for the organization and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme follows the types of cooperation projects relevant for higher education that can be funded such as the strategic partnerships to foster intense, structured and long term cooperation among HEIs and with key stakeholders ( enterprises in particular SMEs; local/regional authorities; other education and research institutions; social partners; youth organizations and other relevant actors) in order to contribute to achieving the objectives of the EU Modernization Agenda for Higher Education and to promote as well cross sector cooperation with the other educational sectors. CUT acknowledges the necessity for knowledge alliances between higher education institutions and enterprises promoting creativity, innovation and entrepreneurship by offering relevant learning opportunities and works towards International cooperation and capacity building projects between HEIs in the participating countries and the Partner countries (i.e. third countries) with the objective to support the modernization and internationalization of Higher Education in the Partner countries.
Transnational cooperation projects are essential to encourage transparency, openness and excellence, and to facilitate exchange of good practices between institutions. In order to contribute to the governance and implementation of Europe 2020 and open method of coordination activities, CUT has applied as partner in Erasmus Mundus Actions as well as a coordinator and partner in projects under TEMPUS. CUT commits to provide strengthened support to cooperation projects aimed at developing, transferring and implementing innovative education, training and youth practices. Finally, having in mind the new programme CUT will boost international cooperation and capacity building in third countries under EU and non EU cooperation projects.
CUT is aware of the possible actions to be funded under the Programme and its priorities with regards to Learning mobility of individuals, cooperation for innovation and good practices, as well as support for policy reform. By agreeing to the principles of the Charter, CUT expected impact on the modernization of its own structure and organization is its further commitment to work towards achieving the objectives of the Modernization Agenda by participating in student and staff mobility (within Europe and Third Countries) in strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, capacity building with neighboring countries, capacity building with Third Countries, networks and policy support measures.
With regards to 1) Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs, CUT is expected to reinforce its mobility for transnational learning, studying at a partner institution, teaching, gaining work experience and undergoing training, reinforcing as such participation of young people in democratic life and enhancing the modernization and internationalization of education institutions, both to the benefit for EU and third countries.
With regards to 2) Improving the quality and relevance of higher education, CUT is expected to initiate joint degrees building on the success of Erasmus Mundus, strengthening its support for degree mobility with joint high-quality study programmes, implemented by EU and non-EU universities. CUT is also expected to participate in the student loan guarantee scheme which will offer the possibility for Master level students doing a full degree programme in another EU or EEA country with loans at favorable conditions.
With regards to 3) strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation CUT is expected to further promote strategic partnerships between education establishments and other relevant actors as well as large-scale partnerships between education and training establishments and business, in the form of Knowledge Alliances for higher education and Sector Skills Alliances. A more precise approach is to be undertaken for international cooperation and capacity building as it will aim at improving the quality, relevance and governance of CUT.
With regards to 4) linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development promoting excellence and stronger links between education, CUT is expected to intensify language learning alongside transversal competences such as learning to learn and entrepreneurship.
With regards to 5) improving governance and funding, CUT believes that the dialogue between the academic world and policy-makers will consequently be strengthened since support for policy reform is critical for the achievement of Europe’s 2020 strategic priorities. CUT is expected to increase its support for the national implementation of EU transparency tools EQF, ECTS and EU wide networks such as the implementation of the U-Multirank’ performance based ranking.