COMMITMENT TO THE ERASMUS CHARTER PRINCIPLES
- Respect in full the principles of non-discrimination, transparency and inclusion set out in the Programme.
- Ensure equal and equitable access and opportunities to current and prospective participants from all backgrounds, paying particular attention to the inclusion of those with fewer opportunities.
- Ensure full automatic recognition of all credits (based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System – ECTS) gained for learning outcomes satisfactorily achieved during a period of study/training abroad, including during blended mobility.
- Charge no fees, in the case of credit mobility, to incoming mobile students for tuition, registration, examinations or access to laboratory and library facilities.
Ensure the quality of the mobility activities and of the cooperation projects throughout the application and implementation phases.
- Implement the priorities of the Programme:
- By undertaking the necessary steps to implement digital mobility management in line with the technical standards of the European Student Card Initiative.
- By promoting environmentally friendly practices in all activities related to the Programme.
- By encouraging the participation of individuals with fewer opportunities in the Programme.
- By promoting civic engagement and encouraging students and staff to get involved as active citizens before, during and after their participation in a mobility or project.
WHEN PARTICIPATING IN MOBILITY ACTIVITIES
- Ensure that selection procedures for mobility activities are fair, transparent, coherent and documented.
- Publish and regularly update the course catalogue on the website of the Institution well in advance of the mobility periods, so as to be transparent to all parties and allow mobile students to make well-informed choices about the courses they will follow.
- Publish and regularly update information on the grading system used and grade distribution tables for all study programmes. Ensure that students receive clear and transparent information on recognition and grade conversion procedures.
- Carry out mobility for the purpose of studying and teaching only within the framework of prior agreements between institutions. These agreements establish the respective roles and responsibilities of the different parties, as well as their commitment to shared quality criteria in the selection, preparation, reception, support and integration of mobile participants.
- Ensure that outgoing mobile participants are well prepared for their activities abroad, including blended mobility, by undertaking activities to achieve the necessary level of linguistic proficiency and develop their intercultural competences.
- Ensure that student and staff mobility is based on a learning agreement for students and a mobility agreement for staff validated in advance between the sending and receiving institutions or enterprises and the mobile participants.
- Provide active support to incoming mobile participants throughout the process of finding accommodation.
- Provide assistance related to obtaining visas, when required, for incoming and outgoing mobile participants.
- Provide assistance related to obtaining insurance, when required, for incoming and outgoing mobile participants.
- Ensure that students are aware of their rights and obligations as defined in the Erasmus Student Charter.
- Ensure equal academic treatment and the quality of services for incoming students.
- Promote measures that ensure the safety of outgoing and incoming mobile participants.
- Integrate incoming mobile participants into the wider student community and in the Institution’s everyday life. Encourage them to act as ambassadors of the programme and share their mobility experience.
- Provide appropriate mentoring and support arrangements for mobile participants, including for those pursuing blended mobility.
- Provide appropriate language support to incoming mobile participants.
- Provide incoming mobile students and their sending institutions with transcripts of records containing a full, accurate and timely record of their achievements at the end of their mobility period.
- Ensure that all ECTS credits gained for learning outcomes satisfactorily achieved during a period of study/training abroad, including during blended mobility are fully and automatically recognised as agreed in the learning agreement and confirmed by the transcript of records/traineeship certificate.
- They shall be transferred without delay into the student’s records, shall be counted towards the student’s degree without any additional work or assessment of the student and shall be traceable in the student’s transcript of records and the Diploma Supplement.
- Ensure the inclusion of satisfactorily completed study and/or traineeship mobility activities in the final record of student achievements (the Diploma Supplement).
- Encourage and support mobile participants upon return to act as ambassadors of the programme, promote the benefits of mobility and actively engage in building alumni communities.
- Ensure that staff is given recognition for their teaching and training activities undertaken during the mobility period, based on a mobility agreement and in line with the institutional strategy.
WHEN PARTICIPATING IN EUROPEAN AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROJECTS
- Ensure that cooperation activities contribute towards the fulfilment of the institutional strategy.
- Promote the opportunities offered by the cooperation projects and provide relevant support to staff and students interested in participating in these activities throughout the application and implementation phase.
- Ensure that cooperation activities lead to sustainable outcomes and that their impact benefits all partners.
- Encourage peer-learning activities and exploit the results of the projects in a way that will maximise their impact on individuals, other participating institutions and the wider academic community.
FOR THE PURPOSES OF IMPLEMENTATION AND MONITORING
- Ensure that the long-term institutional strategy and its relevance to the objectives and priorities of the Programme are described in the Erasmus Policy Statement.
- Ensure that the principles of the Charter are well communicated and are applied by staff at all levels of the Institution.
- Make use of the “ECHE guidelines” and of the “ECHE self-assessment” to ensure the full implementation of the principles of this Charter.
- Regularly promote activities supported by the Programme, along with their results.
- Display this Charter and the related Erasmus Policy Statement prominently on the Institution's website and on all other relevant channels.
On behalf of the institution, I commit to publishing the Erasmus Policy Statement on the institution website
Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS) strategy
Internationalization is one of the biggest challenges that tertiary education needs to face, either in Poland or worldwide. The Ministry of Science and Higher Education defined the process as: not only taking up studies by international students, but also employing an academic staff from abroad, and organizing staff mobilities within international educational and research programs. Internationalization means also gaining and exchanging knowledge and experience. Finally, it means participation in internationals programs of student and staff mobility, such as Erasmus+, Fullbright and others.
Through internationalization process, as well as by educating students from practical profiles from either bachelor’s or master’s degree, Stanisław Staszic University of Applied Sciences in Piła (PUSS w Pile) wants to contribute in creating more integrated and inclusive European society. Our aim is to buildthe human potential resources by preparing young academic specialists for taking up jobs at any time and in any EU country. For this purpose, we intend to participate actively in the international student exchange programs that enable students to gain additional soft and hard skills, as well as prepare them for more mobilities into the European labor market, furthermore we aim to consequently improve the quality of education and quality of services provided to students.
By encouraging non-EU citizens to study at our University, we wish not only to assist the local labor market by providing particularly talented employees, but also help with building human potential resources of partner countries. Admittedly, the additional value of the internationalization is better mutual understanding of cultures as well as religious, ethnic and national groups. Thanks to the fact, societies gain the possibility of verifying stereotypes and building new strong relations. Basing on the previous experience with Erasmus+ Program, we intend to develop the cooperation with chosen institutions in order to strengthen the bonds at the level of local societies inhabiting towns.
The Internationalization Strategy of PUSS w Pile for years 2021-2027 (later Strategy) has been created in order to define main areas of the internationalization as well as predicting methods of their achievement.
It should be emphasized that University authorities, aware of the importance of internationalization of the European area of Higher Education, recognize the need for further development of international cooperation in several activities of the European Commission Program available for the University for 2021-2027. Therefore, participation in the Erasmus Program is perceived as one of the key strategic goals and tools, while taking other measures to
internationalize didactic and scientific activities.
For this purposes the Institutional Erasmus Coordinator will remain an Employee of the International Relations Department, subordinate to the Vice-Rector for Development, Science and International Relations. The Program and it’s projects will be covered by the Internal System for the Quality of Education (WSZJK) in addition the Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation modeled on the ISO 9001: 2009 standards, thus, the university's policy adopted for the needs of LLP and Erasmus+ will be continued. The a.m. procedure will guarantee the transparency of the Program organization and implementation, as well as the recognition of the mobility period in the study and work path of each participant.
By applying for the Erasmus Charter for the years 2021-2027 PUSS w Pile intends to contribute to the implementation of the renewed agenda for higher education, within the priorities described below:
- Raising the level of education to provide the graduates and researchers that Europe needs by guaranteeing high quality mobility program participants, so that they acquire additional formal and informal competences that increase their attractiveness on the labour market.
- Mobility of academic teachers in order to conduct classes at partner universities accelerating the process of knowledge proliferation through faster and more direct exchange of information.
- Improving the quality and adequacy of higher education by enabling students to choose which learning outcomes within the field of study are of greatest importance for their future careers. Thus, by taking advantage of the benefits of the Bologna Process, ECTS points system and participation in the Program, we want to create the opportunity to implement an empowered and individualized path of development for students oriented to achieve specific educational goals. Student mobility will invariably remain the university's internationalization priority.
- Mobility for training purposes, oriented on increasing the quality and efficiency of the management system, we consider as important support in the implementation of the assumptions of the Internal Quality Assurance System for Education enabling modify and improve current processes and procedures.
- We consider activities that inherit from programs such as Leonardo da Vinci and Erasmus+ Strategic Partnerships to be a chance to create communication bridges for the transfer of technology between the area of higher education, the world of science and business. Therefore, the University will strive to encourage academic teachers and staff to take advantage of the opportunity to participate in such projects, considering them as one of the key areas for expanding international cooperation.
- Improving the professional competences of employees, including management staff and administrative employees, by participating in international mobility, which is one of the key elements in the development and improvement of the management system, the system of using the European Commission funds for WSZJK, institutional and regional development.
- The university will strive to create international graduate programs in selected fields of study wishing to intensify mobility processes and raise educational standards. At the same time, we believe that joint international study programs will contribute to strengthening ties and intensifying integration processes that play an important role in the era of the crisis of the idea of Integration caused by the migration crisis observed in some countries.
Main Strategic Objectives for participation in the Erasmus Programme set by PUSS w Pile for years 2021-2027.
- Increasing the level of internationalization of PUSS w Pile by: increasing the number of incoming and outgoing international mobilities both with program and partner countries within Erasmus Programme exchange and creating international study programs, with special focus on Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degree. Thus contributing to the process of broadening international education and training by cooperation both with universities located in the EU or beyond.
- Increasing the level of crucial competences and skills of students and staff as well as graduates by encouraging the to participating in and supporting their international mobilities for education, practice, training and projects. Simultaneously improving the quality of education and management processes by staff mobility for teaching and training, furthermore improving the quality of curricula and expanding their scope by encouraging academic staff from partner universities to teach students at PUSS w Pile.
- Making our institution more attractive among the international students by further developing the brand of PUSS w Pile an international market, tightening the bonds with foreign institutions and supporting them with high level of service, as well, as continues evaluation and expanding of the course catalogue of classes taught in English.
- Using the networks created by Erasmus staff mobility to establish new forms of collaboration and pursue projects under the Key Action 2, furthermore to cooperate towards joints research projects in the European framework, jointly publish periodicals and monographs in foreign languages, finally jointly evaluate modify and develop study programs.
- Preparing an offer of study programs in a form of joint study programs, mutual recruitment criteria, recognition of learning outcomes and double/multiple diplomas. Engaging in Erasmus Mundus.
- Constant monitoring of implemented quality process regulating project management, the ECTS system, recognition of learning outcomes, recognition of staff mobility. Optimization of current processes regulating and guaranteeing the full recognition of mobility outcomes to further boos them towards a fully automated recognition.
- The University will continue pursuing projects and initiatives aimed to support the inclusion of students and staff members coming from a disadvantaged background. IRO with the support of the University Coordinator for Students with Disabilities will continue evaluating procedures and steps undertaken to support the mobility of this group of students and if needed look for methods of improving the quality of services and provided support.
- Promoting civic engagement and active citizenship amongst students before, after and during mobility.
- Implementation of University Study-Oriented System (called USOS) - a complete IT tool that will allow for full integration with the Erasmus Without Paper platform, making for a more integrated and unified management of Erasmus mobility simultaneously reducing the carbon trace of the program by transferring a big part of program management form paper to electronic circulation of documents.
- The university guarantees language support for students and employees coming to the PUSS w Pile. It will be implemented, by providing students and employees arriving for more than 2 months with a compulsory introduction to Polish language course which will be awarded with ECTS credits.
- Students of PUSS w Pile attend compulsory foreign language classes provided for in the all study program, which ensure that participants obtain language competence at least at B2 level, according to the standards of the European Language Passport.
- Each student applying for part of their studies abroad must have language skills within the language of instruction at a selected partner university at B2 level or higher. For groups of students entitled to carry out part of their studies abroad, PUSS w Pile has the option of organizing optional language support courses, provided that: students express their desire to participate in such a course and the group of its participants will be not less than 3 students.
- Each university employee applying to participate in Erasmus+ projects must have adequate language proficiency within the language in which the mobility would be carried out. At the same time, PUSS in Piła declares that it will seek further projects and funds in the continuation and / or resumption of special language courses for groups of employees.
From Erasmus to better understanding cultures
- PUSS w Pile aims to contribute to the Strengthening European Identity through Education by taking stapes which will support the strengthening of a common European Identity in all its diversity and promote European values both among EU citizens and participants from partner countries.
- PUSS w Pile, together with foreign partner universities, will continue taking action in organizing and participating in cultural events in order to introduce Polish culture and traditions, European values to local societies, and other way around. Thus aiming to contribute to building a stronger mutual understanding and combat populism and negative stereotypes.
- We will support incoming foreign students’ in their integration with PUSS society as well as local societies in Piła, especially through establishing “Introduction to the Polish language” and “Introduction to history and culture of Poland” courses, as well as organizing special events with students from local schools.
- Whenever and wherever possible the university will continue to promote, support and induce active European Citizenship by promoting engaged social attitudes, engaging into initiatives aimed at increasing social engagement in policy creation, local development, social support etc.
Erasmus Key Actions in which PUSS in Piła would like to participate.
Erasmus Key Action 1 (KA1) - Learning mobility: The mobility of higher education students and staff
In the past two editions of the Erasmus Programme PUSS w Pile focused on learning mobility with what we call today program countries, in 2017 expanding to mobility with partner countries. In the period 2010-2020 PUSS w Pile created, evaluated and modified its internal structure and policies regulating organization of Erasmus Porgramme, its management, quality assurance protocols etc. The university has implemented the ECTS regulations, created ECTS catalogues, course catalogues offered to incoming Erasmus students and procedures for full recognition of learning outcomes obtained during the mobility. Resulting in very good overall evaluation by participants. We continue to consider learning mobility as the backbone of our internationalization in the call 2021-2027 and hope, that in spite of downwards trends in mobility, we will be able to consequently increase the scale international exchange.
Building on these foundations the existing WSZJK and the Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation will be amended to meet the requirements of the new call. The programme will continue being managed by the Institutional Erasmus Coordinator - an employee of the International Relations Department, subordinate to the Vice-Rector for Development, Science and International Relations. It is important to underline that
the size of the University in Piła allows for a centralized approach, which in turn makes it easier to monitor all processes associated with mobility management.
In 2019 PUSS in Piła started the implementation of the University Study-Oriented System (called USOS) - a student management information system used in 50+ Polish universities. It is important to stress that the leading university responsible for developing USOS is engaged in creating the Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) platform and works towards achieving full compatibility of both systems. Simultaneously PUSS w Pile started testing the potential of EWP Dashboard collaboration with Erasmus Volunteers and two partner Universities abroad. Furthermore the IRO, the Quality of education and students affairs and the IT departments are working towards preparing the infrastructure, hardware and software necessary to fully implement EWP Dashboard for managing student exchange (on all stages – before, during and after the mobility) and signing inter-institutional agreements in the academic year 2020/2021. They are also working towards expanding existing solutions to include a fully digitalized management of staff mobility.
Upon completing the system will reduce the administrative burden associated with student and staff mobility, simplify and improve the security of exchange of data, and decrease the past restrictions and negative impact on working environment associated with these processes. A further important gain will be a drastic reduction of the number of paper-based documents produced in order to mange each mobility.
Our aim being to precede the milestones set by European Commission: 2021 – to manage inter-institutional agreements and online learning agreements (implementation 2020); 2021 – Implementation of European Student Card (implementation 2021, if possible); 2022 - to send and receive student nominations and acceptances (planed implementation 2021, if possible); 2023 - to exchange transcripts of records related to student mobility (planed
implementation 2022, if possible).
We hope the undertaken steps to contribute in fulfilling main strategic objectives of our Internationalization Strategy and consequently goals 1, 2, 3, 6, 7 I 8 set in Erasmus Policy Statement.
Erasmus Key Action 2 (KA2) - Cooperation among organisations and institutions:
- Partnerships for Cooperation and exchanges of practices
Although Erasmus Learning mobility is considered to be the backbone of PUSS w Pile internationalization, the university is looking to further expand the scope of international cooperation. The current university structure for programme management, past experiences and past staff training have set ground for engaging in Erasmus Key Action 2. Today PUSS w Pile is looking to become a partner in projects in cooperation and exchange practices. We hope that by participating in these projects we will be able to gain important knowledge and know how on project management for future application. In the mean time we hope to able to share our experience and knowhow in the field of vocationally oriented higher education, dual study systems, and symbiosis-like cooperation with local business entities, industry and public institutions. Thus we hope to meet the strategic objectives of our Internationalization Strategy and consequently goals 2, 4 and 6 set in Erasmus Policy Statement.
- Partnerships for Excellence - Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
The foundations laid by 10 years of international learning mobility within the Erasmus Programme, and the important knowledge gained through participating in International Credit Mobilty projects have made for a strong framework allowing to expand to Erasmus Mundus joint degrees. We have managed to build a strong network of partner universities and gatherd knowledge and expiriance about the education systems, procedures and protocols at the partner isntitutions. Today PUSS w Pile has the necessary staff, organization, and procedures needed to establish dual/joint degree masters programmes. Our University is currently in the process of applying for a master’s programme in the field of economics, furthermore the staff in the department is participating in a project aiming to further increase their language proficiency in English. Notably many of the staff members Deparment of Economic are already engaged in international research projects.
The Erasmus Mundus implementation plan provides for the following calendar of activities: 2021 establishing a master’s degree in economics, simultaneously beginning of work aimed at acquiring project partners; 2022 establishing an English taught master’s programme in economics, setting up the project framework and protocols, international promotion of the study programme; 2023 Erasmus Mundus application, recruitment of full time students;
2023/2024 beginning of Erasmus Mundus project.
By establishing an Erasmus Mundus joint study programme we hope to meet the strategic objectives of our Internationalization Strategy and consequently goals 1 to 5 set in Erasmus Policy Statement.
Envisaged impact of participation in the Erasmus+ Programme
- Strategic goals for Erasmus+ with program countries
- Increasing the number of foreign partners to at least 75, from at least 20 program countries, subject to agreement of actual mutual academic exchange.
- Creating an equal opportunity for all students at every department in PUSS w Pile to participate in Erasmus+, by gaining mobility partners for each of the study programmes.
- Achieving an annual rate of at least 35 outgoing and 75 incoming mobility for studies and placements, and an annual rate of at least 100 outgoing and 75 incoming staff mobility.
- Continue ensuring full recognition of learning outcomes achieved by students during the mobility. PUSS w Pile will pursue the implementation of a full automatic recognition processes of outgoing students.
- Keeping a high level of satisfaction (to at least 80% of all participants) from institutional support from PUSS w Pile,
measured with the Mobility Tool.
- Implementation of Erasmus Without Papers.
- Using the networks created by within Erasmus+ and training opportunities to increase the number of staff members with language proficiency, experience and intercultural communication skills allowing the University to open a specialization fully taught in English.
- Strategic goals for Erasmus+ with partner countries
- Further development of establishing cooperation with selected partner institutions, from: Region 1 – West Balkans (Albania, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Kosovo, Montenegro, Serbia), Region 2 – Eastern Partnership (Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Georgia, Moldova, Ukraine), Region 3 - South Mediterranean countries (Algeria, Egypt, Israel, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine, Syria, Tunisia), Region 4 - Russia, Region 6 - Asia (Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Maldives, Mongolia, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Thailand and Vietnam), Region 7 - Central Asia (Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan), Region 8 - Latin America (Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Venezuela), Region 13 - Other Industrialized countries (Australia, Brunei, Canada, Chile, Hong Kong, Japan, (Republic of) Korea, Macao, New Zealand, Singapore, Taiwan, United States of America, Uruguay). In a later perspective, when an opportunity arises also with countries from: Region 10, Region 11, Region 14. Increasing the number of foreign partners to at least 25, from at least 10 program countries, subject to agreement of actual mutual academic exchange.
- Achieving an annual rate of at least 25 incoming student mobilities, and at least 30 outgoing and 50 incoming staff
- Full recognition of learning outcomes achieved by students during the mobility. PUSS w Pile will pursue the implementation of a full automatic recognition processes of outgoing students.
- Keeping a high level of satisfaction (to at least 80% of all participants) from institutional support from PUSS w Pile, measured with the Mobility Tool.
- Partnerships for Cooperation and exchanges of practices
- Using the networks created by within Erasmus+ to become a partner in a KA2 projects.
- Participating in at least 3 KA2 projects in the period 2021 – 2027
- Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees
- Using the networks created by within Erasmus+ for establishing at least one study program with double diploma or Erasmus Munds project (program fully realized in a foreign language) cooperating with particular partner university/ies from Erasmus+ Program.
- Pursuing an Erasmus Munds joint degree at the Faculty of Economics.
- Achieving a number of 20 students participating in the programmed per every year of studies.
Implementation of the new principles
Measures taken to respect the principles of nondiscrimination, transparency and inclusion of students and staff.
The same study principles and regulations that apply to Polish students are applied to all foreign students, including beneficiaries of the Erasmus programme, at every stage of their stay at the University. What's more, both the study regulations, work regulations and program implementation rules at the PUSS w Pile provide for disciplinary steps and mechanisms to be followed in the event that domestic or foreign students report any behavior bearing symptoms of discrimination based on age, gender, disability, ethnicity, religious or cultural affiliation, sexual harassment or mobbing. Same rules have been put in place in the university’s student dormitory, and relevant information was included in Dormitory Regulations and made public on the university web page. During the first organizational meeting Incoming students are informed about procedures of reporting any kind of discriminatory behavior. The university also undertakes to prepare special electronically and printed booklet titled “report racism” which was prepared by the polish The Ministry of Internal Affairs and Administration.
The Rector of PUSS w Pile has appointed the University Coordinator for Students with Disabilities who alongside of IRO (in the case of Erasmus Programme) is responsible for providing assistance and information for students with disabilities, the Coordinator is fluent in English and is also available for international students. Furthermore on an annual basis he evaluates the university infrastructure in order to identify any boundaries for students with disabilities and informs university authorities about the current needs. Outgoing students coming from a financially disadvantaged background are entitled to receive university social support, whilst students with disabilities can receive financial aid for their treatment and or support in obtaining a higher education degree.
Finally it need to be stated that for the needs of all program participants the university has implement two alarm phone numbers working and available on a 24/7 basis.
Measures put in place to implement the European Student Card Initiative
PUSS w Pile is in the process of implementing the University Study-Oriented System (called USOS) – a student management information system used in 50+ Polish universities, technical universities, universities of applied sciences, university schools of physical education and other types of high education institutions. The system allows the unification of services at country level and integration achieved from effective cooperation of universities who jointly develop and deploy the system on a scale hardly to be found not only in Poland, but also other European countries. It is a system build by universities for universities.
This cooperation creates new quality in administration of education, since existing processes, rules and documents are discussed, changed, unified, before getting computer system support. System development is driven by user needs reported daily to system developers. Lobby of universities can influence existing law, as some examples demonstrate. Such cooperation has an impact not only on administration of education, but on education itself, mainly by supporting transparency and comparability. It is important to stress that the leading university responsible for developing USOS is engaged in creating the Erasmus Without Paper (EWP) platform and works towards achieving full compatibility of both systems.
PUSS w Pile started testing the potential of EWP Dashboard in 2019 in collaboration with Erasmus Volunteers and two partner Universities abroad. Currently IRO, quality of education and students affairs as well IT departments are working towards preparing the infrastructure necessary to fully implement EWP Dashboard for managing student exchange in the academic year 2020/2021. University authorities decided that, under the provision EWP is fully operational, starting October 2020 all inter-institutional agreements and online learning agreements will be exclusively managed using USOS+EWP or EWP Dashboard simultaneously IRO will start encouraging all Erasmus candidates to download and use the Erasmus+ Mobile App. We will continue implementing new features of the Erasmus Without Paper network as soon as they are developed and made public. Our aim being to precede the milestones set by European Commission:
2021 – Implementation of European Student Card (implementation 2021, if possible)
2021 - to manage inter-institutional agreements and online learning agreements (implementation 2020)
2022 - to send and receive student nominations and acceptances (planed implementation 2021, if possible)
2023 - to exchange transcripts of records related to student mobility (planed implementation 2022, if possible)
Implementation and promotion of environmentally friendly practices in the context of the Erasmus+ Programme.
- implementing IT tools such as USOS and Erasmus Without Papers meant to administer all processes of studentmobility from application all the way to recognition (application, nomination, invitation letter, Learning Agreementbefore, during and after the mobility, Certificate of Attendance, information and promotion materials), with reducingthe need for printed or physically mailed documents to an absolute minimum required by legal restrictions;
- implementing IT tools to manage all phases of staff mobility from application to mobility recognition (application,nomination, invitation letter, individual teaching/training programme, certificate of attendance, information andpromotion materials) with reducing the need for printed or physically mailed documents to an absolute minimumrequired by legal restrictions;
- inviting Erasmus students to participate in environment friendly initiatives organized in university premises and bylocal authorities and community (f.e. tree/forest planting, forest ‘cleaning’);
- introducing recycling bins in all of the University campus including Dormitory, and encouraging participants toabide by the implemented recycling policy;
- the University will undertake measures to give priority to using recyclable materials during any events organized inreference to the Erasmus programme, furthermore we will look to put priority on using recyclable resources whilepreparing promotion materials;
- the University will undertake measures to promote environment friendly attitudes among Erasmus participants, bypromoting the local natural environment end simultaneous education.
Promotion of civic engagement and active citizenship amongst your outgoing and incoming students before, after and during mobility.
The university will continue its efforts to increase the level of student involvement in social and civic life at regional, national and European level. In order to achieve this goal we will carry on with encouraging first and foremost students to promote the ideas of the program, try to raise their awareness of meeting local society and being ambassadors not only of the Erasmus Program but their country and culture.
We will continue inviting students to participate in events like Erasmus Days, open lectures, oxford debates, social and local initiatives (like volunteering at the local animal shelter) where they can give a testimony of who they are what values they represent and thus potentially tackle stereotypes lurking in the social cautiousness.
The University will also uphold the Erasmus Buddy system in order to encourage the engagement of Polish students and help foster relations between them and international student contributing to a better mutual understanding of cultures. Furthermore IRO staff will, based on past experiences, further conduct a part of the organizational welcome meeting for international students explaining cultural differences, the impotence and sensitive nature of cultural diversity.
Finally PUSS w Pile will continue to efforts to increase the level of involvement of Erasmus beneficiaries in shaping the understanding of the programme itself, multiculturalism, horizontal social mobility by inviting them to participate as speakers during different events who’s recipients will be not only the academic society, but also the local community.
When participating in Mobility Activities - After mobility
Commitment to implement full automatic recognition in your Higher Education Institution.
The university guarantees each participant of the Erasmus+ Program full recognition of completed periods of mobility and the learning outcomes achieved, provided they comply with the provisions of the financial agreement and the Learning Agreement for Studies / Learning Agreement for Placements. This procedure is guaranteed by several internal, crucial acts 1) Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation, 2) Procedure for Assurance of the Quality of Education (WSZJK) 3) Study Regulations.
Following both programme and University regulations all student mobilies need to be predeceased by preparing an Learning Agreement, the document is made with regard to education standards (if applicable), learning outcomes planned for the field of studies and ECTS standards. All learning agreements are prepared under the supervision of IRO staff at PUSS w Pile and ate consulted with department ECTS coordinators in order to reduce any risk of error which could negatively influence the process of recognition.
According to the above mentioned and under the provisions of the ECTS system Learning Outcomes, including all received credits, achieved during a mobility are recognized as an integral part of the study programme at home, thus they are automatically transferred to the student's diploma and information about the period of mobility and the achieved full learning outcomes assigned to a given field of studies are included in the diploma supplement.
PUSS w Pile has implemented transparent rules of grade recognition, the rules have been made public in the Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation where anyone can verify how to transfer credits according to the ECTS system. Furthermore IRO staff members upon request provide addition information on the recognition process, when in doubt regarding the recognition and/or points transfer students can also request for the aid seasoned Department ECTS coordinator.
The recognition process has been verified and approved by the University senate and during accreditation of different fields of study carried out by the National Accreditation Commission of the Republic o Poland.
Measures to support, promote and recognise staff mobility.
PUSS w Pile has adopted the policy of equal access of all staff members to participating in the Erasmus Programme and the University management continues to uphold an atmosphere aiming to encourage all staff members to at least once every other year participate in international exchange. Alongside formal and administrative support provided by IRO and outlined in the Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation, our institution strives to find new solutions aiming to encourage staff members to be more mobile. Good examples of that activity are projects that allow organizing free of charge language courses for staff members both at home and abroad. The IRO in strict collaboration with the university management, human resources and partner universities abroad organize training weeks for groups of administrative staff in order to help them develop their skills according to the current needs of the University, (f.e. courses on intercultural communication, quality assurance etc.)
In 2019 Yhe university has started the development and implementation of IT tools which would allow the digitalization of mobility management, simultaneously deducing the application workload on the side of the applicant.
The employee evaluation system adopted at the university guarantees that international mobility is included in the annual assessment (in the case of academic teachers) or quarterly assessment (in the case of administrative staff) and is taken into account in the bonus process. Furthermore, active participation in international mobility is one of the positive validators taken into account in the professional promotion of employees.
For the Purposes of Visibility
Plan to regularly promote the activities supported by the Programme.
The Erasmus Policy Statement is closely related with the Stanisław Staszic University of Applied Sciences Internationalization strategy. And as such the documents will be posted both on the Polish https://puss.pila.pl/pl/erasmusplus/strategia-internacjonalizacji.html and English https://puss.pila.pl/en/pwsz-inpila/ strategy-of-internationalization.html University web page and links to the respective language version shall be located in several relevant subpages.
On February 2018 PUSS w Pile has created an International Relations Center (IRC) located at the entrance to the campus premises, welcoming anybody entering with the exposed Erasmus Programme logo. The IRC is also the seat of the Institutional Erasmus Programme Coordinator and is actively involved in creating new methods of disseminating the ideas and principles of Erasmus. The University will continue using established promotion methods developed during the past editions of the Programme such as: newcomers day, students meetings (held every term), annual staff meetings, Erasmus Days dedicated both to the academic society and local community (organized every semester as part of important University events f.e. Science Fair). The University will use social media - Facebook, Instagram, Youtube and other popular internet platforms to communicate with all groups of interest. In the past good relations with local media have hugely contributed to the promotion of the Programme and its outcomes in the whole region, PUSS w Pile aims to continue this valuable cooperation also in the future.
In recent years, the IRO has engaged selected program beneficiaries to actively promote the Erasmus program and their individual outcomes among the academic and the local community. Based on these expirainces the IRO has set out with support of University Management to create an Erasmus Alumni Network aiming to promote the Program, it’s outcomes and create networks which might help to further develop established means of collaboration.
The Univeristy will pursue translating as many information materials and project results as possible into English and as many other languages as possible. Those materials will be made available on the University web page and other means of communication, f.e. social media, YouTube. Information on projects and their outcomes will be also published on the Erasmus+ Project Results Platform project web pages.
How the principles of this Charter will be well communicated and applied by staff at all levels of the institution
Ever since PUSS w Pile started it’s participation in the LLP Erasmus, consequently the provisions of the Erasmus Charter have been implemented in University regulations and procedures, thus making sure they are available and understandable for members of the academic society. The university in Piła will continue implementing the Erasmus Charter Provisions into its internal policies such as 1) Procedure of organization and implementation of international cooperation, 2) Procedure for Assurance of the Quality of Education, 3) Study Regulations, 4) Work Regulations.
University Authorities support IRO in activities carried out to promote the idea of the Erasmus Program, its principles and goals. Information about the Program and Erasmus Charter and its provisions is made public on several levels:
- amongst the University Senate Members and its Councils during different University Senate meetings,
- among staff members during annual information meetings and targeted training and info-sessions,
- among students during frequent semestral information meetings,
- using the university web pages in polish and english language.
Before the mobility IRO employees will direct all Erasmus beneficiaries to the principles of the charter posted the university web page.
The Erasmus Student Charter has been, and will continue being a integral part of the university beneficiary financial agreement.