Erasmus Policy Statement

MINISTERUL EDUCAȚIEI NAȚIONALE

 

MINISTRY OF NATIONAL EDUCATION

 

 Transilvania University of Brasov

Biroul Erasmus+

B-dul Eroilor 29, 500036 Brasov; tel/ fax: 0268 473 473,

 e-mail: erasmus@unitbv.ro , incoming@unitbv.ro

www.unitbv.ro/ori

 

 ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT

The international context in which higher education operates has become more dynamic, more global and more competitive, requiring continuing adaptation, openness and collaboration. The university’s Strategic Plan takes into account the academic objectives written in the University Charta, the actual and future necessities of the labour market, the development and enlargement of information (ICT), the improvement of the "life cycle" of the information and specialisation. These aims will be attended by:

- Improvement of the teaching-learning process by common development, together with international partners, improvement of study programmes curricula, course modules, and didactic materials.

- Stimulating interactive teaching activities and logistically and financially supporting students’ international practical training, by Erasmus+ mobility. Promoting the development of graduation/ disertation theses for students within an international framework (university or company).
- Stimulating the students’ exchanges, both outgoing and incoming, for study in order to develop transversal skills and enhance employability.

- Enhancing the participation of academic and non-academic staff in international training programmes and by this promoting the image of the University at international level; this should bring to the fore both the traditional domains and the more recently developed ones, as well as their outstanding results and achievements.

-  Increasing the number of study programmes taught in foreign languages and promoting the joint degree/double degree programmes especially for the second cycle – master’s programmes.

- Strengthening the links between academia, research and business to promote excellence and innovation.

The Erasmus+ Office ensures the permanent communication with the partner institutions; this structure is coordinated by the Management Committee, consisting of institutional coordinators and faculty coordinators.  The operational and communication methods are based on periodic meetings, direct contacts, and internet communication.

For incoming mobility the Erasmus+ Office centralizes the receiving applications from students and staff interested for mobility at Transilvania University of Brasov (UTBv) and passes them to the specific faculty coordinator. The mentoring for incoming students is ensured at faculty level, by the faculty Erasmus+ coordinator. A Romanian language course is provided for the incoming students and staff, on request, by the Faculty of Letters, through the Center for Modern Languages.

The staff training mobility may be organized either centralized, by the Erasmus+ Office, or by the faculty coordinator, depending on the training objectives. Erasmus+ Office assists the staff to identify the most suitable mobility and to complete the administrative procedure. In addition, all the training offers received from the partner universities are published on the website. The mobility recognition is based on the Certificate of attendance issued by the host institution and on the individual activity report.

Each year the Erasmus+ Office organizes two selection calls for outgoing students and at least two information events for the students and academic and administrative staff during which the participants are familiarized with Erasmus+ mobility and the international partners offer. Each outgoing student has an assigned tutor and mentor, providing monitoring in the host/ home institutions and assuring the mobility full valorization. All Erasmus+ coordinators arrange pre-departure meetings for the outgoing students, who are encouraged to seek advice from the previous year’s outgoing students. The reports of outgoing students on their time abroad are monitored to enable any problems to be identify and discussed with partner institutions.

UTBv chooses the international partners mainly based on previous individual experiences of its staff: fruitful cooperation at small scale may evolve in framework agreements at institutional level. On the other hand, there are the UTBv international vectors (alumni, former professors, etc. currently teaching in foreign universities) that identify and propose partnerships for UTBv. As a consequence our institution is expanding the international relations in Europe, North and Middle Asia, Africa, North and South America. During the last period there have been developed international agreements with universities in Russia and countries from the former Soviet Union.

The opportunity represented by Erasmus+ mobility is recognized in our university as a valuable mean that allow students prolonged immersion in another country and culture and there is considerable effort made across the institution to support mobility, in terms of language preparation through foreign language courses included in all curricula and full recognition and transfer of the ECTS.

At institutional level, we are keen to develop strategic partnerships and every year the number of inter-institutional agreements increase, assuring the international experience for both students and staff in our university and in partners’ universities.

The tangible outcomes of active implementing of Erasmus+ programme are shown by:

- increasing number of mobility of students and teaching staff as a mean of developing their experience and expertise by contacting members of universities with tradition, by teaching/ learning in a different learning environment, by developing contacts.

- ECTS development, in order to cover all the fields of the study programmes for a better and faster contact of our university with the partner institutions, for a better match of the Learning Agreements. This activity complies with the Strategic Development Plan of our university and with the national regulations related to higher education.

- Curricula development for all three cycles (bachelor, master, PhD) for courses and courses’ modules in the frame of national and international partnership and projects.

Transilvania University of Brasov respects in full the principles of non-discrimination set out in the Erasmus+ Programme and ensure equal access and opportunities to mobile participants from all backgrounds. Participation in the Programme advances our strategic engagement with the European modernisation and internationalisation agenda. Participation in the Programme will deliver benefits to a broader cross section of society by ensuring that students and staff are able to study and work across Europe and worldwide whilst equipping our graduates with skills, knowledge and attributes that will assist them in a highly competitive global labour market. Even more it is expected to enhance the attractiveness for our university and the quality of the prospective students.