Erasmus policy statement

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ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT

The VSIKM is currently developing a new Mobility Strategy which aims to increase significantly the number of students engaged in mobility. It is hoped that eventually all our students will be able to benefit from some sort of mobility experience whether that means going overseas for three months to a full year, undertaking a short research or work placement or, possibly, working with overseas institutions to develop virtual exchanges or joint projects.

Active participation in the Erasmus+ program will also facilitate new long-term cooperation and promote new contacts with the foreign companies and educational institutions. As well as participation in projects is also important aspect for internationalization and modernization of our college.

The Erasmus+ program enables establishing a long-term partnership with different institutions and enterprises from other countries that can be our partners in different projects.

We are interested in establishing a long term cooperation between institutions which are dealing with the same specific scope in partner countries and in program countries. That means the VSIKM is looking for International partnerships with compatible curricula and research interests and will continue to develop and reinforce their partnerships in as many European and world countries as possible. We are opened to participate in projects as a coordinating organization and also as a partner organization. At first we would like to develop closer cooperation with our neighbor countries. We will look for partners who can provide high-quality courses in English and placements according to the internship program.

The partner institutions and organisations will be chosen as a result of careful consideration, based on the level of education and expertise. We aim to benefit from each other’s strengths and thus contribute to continuing development and increased quality. The cooperation is evaluated and discussed between the institutions, especially in the cases of stategic partnerships.

To initiate and encourage foreign students interest to study at VSIKM, we will develop a section for international (Erasmus) students on our homepage, where will be available all necessary information such as course catalog, credit system, accommodation, contacts, culture and other practical information. We will also organize new measures what will help incoming students easier adapt in local student life and become a fully integrated member of a college. The information will be disseminate by making information seminars, distributing printed materials around the college, publishing information on website, sharing experience after mobility period. Erasmus Policy Statement and Erasmus University Charter will be published and will be available on VSIKM’s homepage.

Our international strategy commits us to building strong, strategic partnerships with prestigious universities in Europe and around the world as well. Our current focus is Europe and by now we still cooperate with several Universities in south-east Europe (Montenegro, Serbia, Romania).

Using the Maritime theme as an example, the VSIKM is exploring partnerships with other major international maritime centres in countries such as Italy, Norway, China, etc.

VSIKM has primarly first cycle students. They are the main mobility target. In the future our objective is to engage as many  first cycle students as possible in mobility. The objectives of the mobility is that students may:

  • broaden the perspectives in their education in general,
  • improve their knowledge and linguistic competence,
  • gain experiences from other cultures,
  • increase self-confidence and communication skills…

VSIKM is committed to overcome obstacles to effective exercise of students/staff movement through supporting development of sufficient quality assurance, accreditation practices and recognition of qualifications.

Also, VSIKM is committed to provide equal mobility opportunities for all student groups, teachers and staff as key driver in order to relate and contextualize their professional achievements to other higher education organizations and international educational reforms. Where appropriate, opportunities for exchanges will be also developed for second cycle students.