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Erasmus Policy Statement

ISCET is committed to provide a learning, working and teaching experience at an international dimension through the participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Our international strategy aims at engaging all the faculty members, students, staff in international activities to improve the educational and research and digital experience of the institution and to support the employability orientation of ISCET.

Our efforts are driven by objectives such as: to ensure that students are prepared for a global studying and working environment and to facilitate the corresponding development of curricula; to create equal opportunities for students, teachers and staff to gain experience of studying or working abroad; to study another language as part of their own development; to provide opportunities for home students to study alongside students from other countries and stimulate academic, personal and social interaction; to create a community of staff with an international perspective gained through lecturing activities abroad and the development of international research partnerships.

Our priorities are to support students, trainees, teaching and staff mobility with a particular focus on facilitating and increasing two-way mobility; to develop the growth and use of digital competences, a vital element to intensify international mobility and cooperation among countries; to help strengthen the knowledge and role of European Union in the world  and to actively engage participants in the European Union’s political and social life so that to foster the sense of belonging; to review bilateral agreements to ensure and broaden the offer of subjects and reassess barriers such as flexibility within the curricula; to guarantee the efficient recognition of credits gained abroad through effective quality assurance, comparable and consistent use of ECTS and Diploma Supplement.

We actively promote Erasmus+ activities, implemented locally by a specific co-ordinator, through the promotion of the already existing information at our external website (namely for our prospective students) along with online platforms, regarding environmental sustainability. The Erasmus+ Policy Statement will be incorporated into our strategy and the Charter and Policy Statement will be published internally and externally on our websites.

We ensure that Erasmus+ activities are available for all eligible students and staff based on the principle of non-discrimination. Students participate in the programme as part of their studies and equal opportunities are granted among the all applicants. The multicultural environment has a positive impact on our home students and staff. We have no barriers or constraints in the process of selecting students, teachers and staff, regardless geographical origin, gender or age.

We strive to ensure the highest quality in academic mobility activities. We aim at selecting partners that provide a quality experience and staff, and student experiences are evaluated on a regular basis. New courses and modules are subject to rigorous quality processes, both before and during delivery. This assessment is assured by a periodic review and validation process, and measures for improvement are taken on a regular basis. All students gain academic recognition for their mobility period. All credit and assessment achieved is transferred for conversion. We provide incoming students and their home institutions with complete and accurate transcripts at the end of the mobility period. Students have access to reliable sources of information and guidance on mobility opportunities and are fully briefed on how to prepare for living abroad, the courses they can take, how to use the online applications and the importance of digital platform as the process for registration of all elements related to each mobility . We ensure to support the integration of incoming and outgoing students by encouraging them to actively participate in the democratic life to understand the European Union; take part in events and organanised activities by the host institution and country;to promote inclusion and diversity; to adopt and develop ecofriendly measures.

During the last years in which we have been participating in the Erasmus+ Programme we have improved our engagement with international institutions, teachers, staff and students, and developed better mechanisms to provide support for quality mobility activities. This process is continuously improving on an ongoing basis in view of an impact on the continuous modernisation and globalisation process of the institution. In the short term our objectives are to consolidate the achievements we have had so far, and:

– to deploy means and processes to systematically monitor the use of transversal and specific skills and graduate employment data (including tracking graduate employment outcomes), subsequently adapting course curricula design, aiming at better preparing students for the labour market so that participants can contribute to the strengthening of the European Union;

– to enhance the capacity of labour market institutions and regulations to match transversal skills and specific skills and jobs and active labour market policies to promote graduate employment and enhance career guidance throughout the European Union and the world;

– to develop the capacity to provide Erasmus+ participants equal opportunities and valuable experience at international level;

– to exploit to the fullest the potential of ICTs to enable more effective and personalised learning, teaching and working  experiences and research methods, and strengthen the use of virtual learning platforms;

– to continuously build learning mobility into curricula;

– to accelerate the massive adoption of development of entrepreneurial, creative and innovation skills at bachelor and master courses, and promote innovation through more interactive learning environments.