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Erasmus Policy Statement

2014-2020


1) Please describe your institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy. In your description please explain a) how you choose your partners, b) in which geographical area(s) and c) the most important objectives and target groups of your mobility activities (with regard to staff and students in first, second and third cycles, including study and training, and short cycles). If applicable, also explain how your institution participates in the development of double/multiple/joint degrees. (max. 5000 characters)

UKSW is determined to follow the principles of Magna Charta of European Universities, taking the direction towards modern internal management and active promotion of the University, as well as increasing participation in international programmes and scientific initiatives of EU and non-EU countries, planning to popularize proeuropean ideas and fulfill and create international educational and scientific programmes. This strategic aim of the University conforms to the activities realized since 2000 within the framework of Erasmus programme. These activities have supported the priority goals of the University for the years 2013-2020 aiming at greater internationalisation and have led to obtaining a European profile. Considering the above, the University still intends to make use of the innovative potential of the Erasmus programme and pursue the following priority goals: Extending the scope of cooperation with scientific centres abroad in order to make available the body of scientific work of other countries to the staff and students of the University and allowing them to increase their qualifications and knowledge as essential elements of a successful career, both at university and in the workplace. Using the experience of international exchange programmes and appreciating fully the importance of the period of study/traineeship/practice realized abroad, UKSW will support the mobility initiatives of staff and students of all three study cycles to the institutions abroad. Aiming at achieving balance in exchange and increasing the mobility flow, the University intends to develop the existing offer of foreign language courses and tutoring to create an integrated curricula of courses in foreign languages. The actions of UKSW in the Programme are supposed to increase competitiveness of the University and its graduates on Polish and international job market. They will highly influence the increase of effectiveness of the University pursuits, and at the same time they will stimulate the economic development of the region and country. They will allow the full use of scientific potential, increase the quality of teaching and efficient preparation of future employees and employers.

In the academic teachers' evaluation system of UKSW, international research, lectures and publications abroad, as well as the ability to work in a multicultural environment, all are important factors. The University also wants to increase the number of academic lecturers having academic experience and scientific degrees earned in strong foreign research centres. The basic goal for teachers' mobility will be the dissemination of academic achievement and development of the system of students training within university cooperation, aiming at development of common educational and research projects, and creating a system which would allow us to benefit from the knowledge and experience of visiting professors. We plan to increase the participation of businesspeople in conducting teaching classes.
Our target is high quality of research/teaching service and technical support, therefore, the main goal of administrative staff mobility will be their systematic adjustment to work in an international environment, with the quality factor being of much importance, so that the University could stand up to all educational/scientific/administrative activities undertaken in EU and non-EU countries and to be flexible enough to integrate with international demands according to current needs.
Effectiveness and quality factors in particular academic disciplines and development possibilities within Programme's key actions will be taken into consideration for choosing partners. Due to the profile of our research, we will mostly develop cooperation with universities and companies operating in the area of health care, environment protection, finance and law, and renewable energy industries. UKSW plans to intensify actions to enable the access of bussinesspeople into scientific database and to the outcomes of research done by the University.
The choice of partners from a given geographical area is connected with planned academic/educational/development activities. The University decided to concentrate on the cross-border cooperation with our neighbours, especially those from Eastern Europe and with partners from Africa, Asia, and Latin America. Actions will also be taken to intensify the already existing cooperation by using the capabilities of the Programme.
Heading towards greater internationalization, UKSW constantly develops its offer of foreign language courses in order to create an integrated curriculum of courses in foreign languages. The effect of these activities will be the development of double/multiple/joint degrees, and specifically creating a joint Ph.D. programme. We take part in preparatory visits, contact seminars and international meetings aimed at gaining partners and candidates to study in the double/multiple/joint degree system.

2) If applicable, please describe your institution's strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme. (max. 2000 characters)
The University intends to support the organization and implementation of international (Eu and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training within the framework of the Programme. Due to that, it will take the following actions:

Projects introducing innovative educational solutions and using modern information technologies will be given priority, as they prepare the youth to enter the demanding job market. Within the framework of these projects, we intend to expand our teaching and training programmes. The University will support international cooperation projects in teaching and training in humanities, science and engineering. Participating in the projects will allow diversification and practical verification of the teaching and training offer.

We want to strongly emphasize projects supporting European Neighbourhood Policy. A new system of concluding agreements will ensure transparency of the roles of the parties and conditions of financing. Aiming at organizing and implementing international cooperation projects in teaching, the internal development fund will be used in order to support, among others, teams working with international projects of the new Programme. These enterprises will support student and staff mobility.

A system of disseminating information on projects available within the new Programme will be developed. In the system, our Central Unit regularly shares information about available projects, helps the departments during application and realization of the project and supports departmental research and international cooperation agents, who manage the project and popularize its effects.

Implementation and organization of international projects of the new Programme will be monitored by appropriate university authorities and subordinate units in order to ensure that the cooperation and the actions taken lead to sustainable and balanced outcomes. There are also plans to digitize the process of publishing the results of certain projects.

3) Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve (max. 3000 characters)
Increasing the level of achievements, so that we can give Europe the graduates and scientists it needs:

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1) UKSW intends to support research and educational methods which would join the students and scientists' efforts leading to important scientific discoveries. Support will be given to interdisciplinary and international scientific research. The initiatives establishing connection with international science, especially in European Research Area, will be of priority. Initiatives will be supported which will provide graduates and scientists Europe needs, that is, professional people prepared for a job/public service, who, while keeping their identity, would be open to the changing world and comprise the European elite.
2) The quality of teaching is ensured by academic staff of international repute, therefore, their participation in the Programme will support providing modern education which prepares the youth to adjust to the demands of European, Polish and Mazovian economy and the dynamically changing job market. We want to individualize our educational offer and allow its practical verification, therefore, while constructing curricula, we analyse national, international trends, socio-economic forecasts and student, alumni and employers’ opinion determining their preferences.
3) Participation in the Programme would improve teaching quality and intensify
internationalization of research and teaching. Teaching conducted by active scientists benefiting from mobility experience guarantees education of students being open to new ideas, good at creative problem solving and team work. We mould in students the ability to learn throughout lifetime and to efficiently function in the job market. We aspire to build up modern, critically-thinking intellectual elites, with outstanding knowledge and preparation to responsibly fulfill their duties in the society.
4) Developing regional business contacts aims at creating and commercializing innovations, constructing curricula that comply with the needs of employers. Active participation in breaking the barriers for the cooperation between science and business will continue with actions intensifying the cooperation with Mazovian and international companies.
UKSW plans to: introduce mechanisms for ordering teaching programmes by enterprises; widen the opportunities to use technical and laboratory equipment of enterprises; introduce regulations of intellectual property rights and the rules of commercializing research outcomes and development works; create Special Purpose Vehicles, which will include shares in capital associations for implementing University research/development outcomes for the benefit of enterprises.
5) Rational management and financial policy is a part of UKSW mission. Our new financial system will combine quality and efficiency of administrative works supporting scientific/publishing/teaching activities. The new quality management system of administrative processes will allow to standardize procedures, which will simplify administrative work and facilitate quality control.