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Erasmus Policy Statement

The Erasmus Policy Statement sets out our institutional strategy in relation to the Charter. As a small, highly specialized College, Visoka tehnicka skola strukovnih studija (referred to in English as ‘Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences’) supports the EU Modernisation and Internationalisation Agenda for Higher Education, and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation of our institutional plans, strategies and aspirations. Our Institution agrees to publish this overall strategy on its website within four weeks of the signing of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education by the European Commission.

Subotica Tech is committed to improving its results by intensifying world-wide collaborations, strengthening the study programmes and tailoring its curricula to the evolving technological and industrial needs. Our institution provides high quality education and gives an international scope to the study of applied sciences, thereby also contributing to the creation of a professional and competent European workforce.

We believe that higher education is a driving power making a considerable economic, intellectual and industrial contribution to the world. We are committed to international mobility as a tool to further the values that our College stands for. We are also committed to international excellence through providing high quality, inspirational education within an inclusive multi-ethnic academic culture.

These core values formulated in our institutional strategy infuse our approach towards international mobility and cooperation. We feel that the benefits derived from working collaboratively are key elements in accomplishing our vision as an international, multicultural institution. Our international partnerships facilitate and support staff and student mobility, student recruitment, developments in teaching and learning, collaborative research and capacity-building.

The College aims to promote excellence in skills development and recognized that international mobility is a tool to further the values that our College stands. Rather than operating on the forefront of innovation, the College strives to introduce innovation into class and focus on teachings its practical application. The goal of the College is to modernize the curricula based on the relevant innovations so as to include the research results into education and introduce students to state-of-the-art technologies. The College is fully committed to supporting an effective and efficient higher education system, in which mobility and the benefits of knowledge transfer play a key role. The College believes in removing obstacles to the recognition of qualifications, promotes the recognition of study results and ECTS points gained through mobility and supports cross-border validation of degrees. Subotica Tech aims to contribute to tackling the rapid and profound changes induced by the technological revolution and globalisation by providing high-quality, practice and implementation-oriented engineering education in an inclusive, multicultural environment.

Subotica Tech recognizes the Erasmus+ Programme as a tool for achieving its goals in terms of increased focus on practice-oriented education and fostering close contact with representatives from the various fields of industry. This approach is reflected in Subotica Tech’s choice of its partners abroad; principally, these institutions will also be active in the field of applied engineering studies in coherence with the priorities of Subotica Tech. With its selection of partners, Subotica Tech hopes to build on common experience and exchange of ideas and methodology, primarily in the fields of applied studies, but also on academic level. Our internationalisation strategy places emphasis on developing strategic partnerships and agreements in the areas of the world which are promoting engineering and economic development. We consider the Erasmus+ programmes as vital tools in realizing our College’s long-term strategy of increasing our role as prime actor in applied science and engineering education in the area. We intend to build closer ties to the industry, and in the next decade, hope to further and encourage mobility programmes at all levels and to allow students to enhance their academic experience and future employability.

In 2018, Subotica Tech set up the International Office, dedicated to the College’s international mobility activities. This office is in charge of implementing the guidelines of internationalization laid out in the Internationalization Strategy. The International Office is also responsible for providing information on programme participation and execution. The ERASMUS+ programme is advertised on the College website focusing on mobility, with mobility activities addressed towards both students and professors.

The International Office is the central point for incoming students and staff, and offers them full assistance with application, admission, accommodation, and all formalities upon arrival. The International Office is supported by the Student Parliament and the International Students’ Representatives, a group of volunteer students who organize city tours and excursions to ease them into local campus life. Subotica Tech also supports the Buddy Programme. To aid the integration process of international incoming students, the College also organizes language courses in Serbian, and special English courses are offered to further develop the language competences of future applicants for the Erasmus+ programmes. The International Office ensures that at the end of their stay, the guest students are provided with an English-language transcript of the coursework and exams passed so as to facilitate easy ECTS recognition.

Staff mobility is strongly supported by Subotica Tech as a form of professional development and knowledge transfer (teachers experiencing novel teaching methods during mobility are encouraged to transfer these into their own classrooms). In order to keep up with constantly changing technological and engineering trends, it is imperative for our professors and lecturers to engage in lifelong learning, experience engineering and applied science education in other educational systems and thus implement their experiences in their own classroom. Staff mobility is realized mainly based on academic contacts, however, the International Office offers support principally in financial matters and obtaining the necessary documentation and accommodation. The recognition of lecturer mobility is done by the Coordinators of the study programmes at Subotica Tech. Specific initiatives to increase the percentage of professors with an international background are being implemented.

Subotica Tech uses a credit transfer and accumulation system according to ECTS. Therefore, coursework completed and exams passed abroad are transferrable, provided the courses were discussed with a lecturer prior to mobility. The use of the ECTS has improved the transparency and clarity of student qualifications.

Drawing on a more than decade long period of experiences with mobility through the CEEPUS programme, Subotica Tech is now open for increasing internationalization through the Erasmus+ programmes. Our participation in other student exchange programmes has highlighted the benefits of internationalisation strategy, affecting life on campus, developing student services, increasing grading transparency, providing our students with international study experiences and thereby ensuring high employability for our students.

Our main focus is to build strong relationships with partners who hold the same values and show a active participation in the Erasmus+ programme. Indispensable in engineering education, international cooperation promoted by mobility is a key element. If our teaching staff and our students are exposed to different models of education, both parties will be encouraged to actively communicate and understand each other better, thereby stimulating versatility and flexibility. In every regard, we believe that mobility and international cooperation considerably benefit the quality of teaching activities at Subotica Tech.