University of Life Sciences in Lublin has been granted the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) from Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency in Brussels in order to apply for and implement projects within a new edition of the Erasmus+ Programme (2021-2027).
The ULSL Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) is an integral part of the application covering the University’s strategy to be realized in projects within the Erasmus+ Programme.
The priority of the university’s international (EU and non-EU) strategy is to aim realizing the objectives of the Bologna, “Education and Training 2020” and contribution to the European Union Modernization and Internationalization Agenda in Higher Education.
The university aims to modernize and further develop its educational and research capacity in international context by pro-active participation in European Union programmes, including 2014-2020 European Union programmes for education, training, youth and sport, Horizon 2020 and other programmes. According to the objectives of HEI 2020 and based on an on-going European and international mobility cooperation, will be:
1. further promotion and support student mobility for studies, both credit and degree mobility, student mobility for traineeships and staff mobility within European and to/ from third bodies countries leading to increase the mobility numbers and to improve the quality of mobility
2. increasing the number of international degree students
3. increasing the participation in international cooperation projects
4. to improve the quality and attractiveness of education
5. to stimulate international cooperation of the staff within Horizon 2020 and other international research programmes
In pursuing to accomplish mentioned above objectives, the university will continue to enter into inter-institutional agreements with both participating and non-participating partners, based on a comprehensive understanding of the partner institution, compatibility of academic profiles and a relationship of trust between the institutions in making academic decisions.
For seeking partners, the university will pay attention on didactic and research profile which according to the university’s mission consists of three areas: 1) science, technology and organization of food production; 2) health, healthy lifestyle; 3) development and protection of the human environment, which are related to the individual fields of study.
Regards the incoming international degree students, special emphasis will be given to the BRIC Countries, in particular India and China, as well as to others such as Iraq.
In regard international cooperation projects the university will cooperate first of all with partner institutions with which it has signed agreements up to date, both in Erasmus programme and other agreements.
The natural partners of the university are neighbouring countries, with which the HEI has a tradition of cross-border cooperation and will strive to strengthen its cooperation under the new Programme, in particular with Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus. Moreover the university aims to continue the international cooperation with other Central and Eastern European countries and to enter into strategic agreements with other foreign partners.
The university aims to participate both as a coordinator, organizer and partner in European and international EU and non-EU cooperation projects in teaching and training in pro-active way based on the objectives for its participation, its role in a project and expected results and taking into account subject area priorities.
The university will strive to enter into cooperation with regard to, e.g.:
– the cooperation with non-participating, neighbouring countries, e.g. Ukraine, Belarus will be based mostly on capacity building projects to support the modernization and internationalization of higher education there. In addition the university will be able to offer its organizational and educational expertise.
– strategic partnerships to foster intense, structured and long term cooperation among HEIs and with key stakeholders, in particular SMEs and local/regional authorities
The implementation of the international cooperation projects will be carried out by departments and other university units with the support of the administrative units at a central level responsible for coordinating of the European/ international projects.
The participation in the Programme will play a key role in achieving institutional objectives concerning modernization and internationalisation of the university.
Participation in individual learning mobility, such as student mobility for study and traineeships as well as mobility of staff invited from enterprises to provide course/ training to the local students, will make the university’s graduates equipped with additional skills and new competences which will help them to run successfully on the labour market and increase their employability and also boost their career prospects.
Additionally, traineeships will offer international experiences and expertise achieved during the placements as either obligatory or non-obligatory within their study programmes at the home university.
Staff mobility, both teaching and training, will give the opportunity for staff involved to gain international experience in teaching and/or research and also possibility of participation in international cooperation and research projects.
Opening the English taught study programmes will result in an increase in the number of incoming international students who, in turn, will also contribute to the overall number of graduates and will affect a greater internationalisation of university’s departments, administration units and services.
Regarding the internationalisation of researches, the university will gain internationally recognized researchers, carrying out their research activities in an international context, and who are better prepared to engage in university’s cooperation both with local and foreign enterprises, thereby stimulate and strengthen the knowledge triangle between education, research and business.
By participation in international cooperation programmes the university will have possibilities:
Additionally university’s participation in all above activities leading to the internationalization, will provide substantial funds which can be used for develop of university’s capacity international potential and to better adapt to the dynamically changing competitive global educational market.