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Erasmus Policy Statement

The Erasmus Policy Statement sets out our institutional strategy in relation to the Charter. Visoka tehnicka skola strukovnih studija Subotica (in English referred to as 'Subotica Tech - College of Applied Sciences) supports the goals of the European Education Area as outlined in the "Strengthening European Identity through Education and Culture", therefore the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation of our institutional plans, strategies, and aspirations. Our strategies reflect the key priorities of the renewed EU Agenda for higher education. 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 worldwide collaborations, strengthening the study programmes and tailoring its curricula to the evolving technological and industrial needs. Participation in Erasmus+ projects is based on a specific needs analysis to identify the best ways to achieve out internationalization and modernization goals. Subotica Tech believes that higher education is a driving power making a considerable economic, intellectual, and industrial contribution to the world, as well as promoting a common European identity, which is only possible by working towards building inclusive and cooperating higher education systems. Through its participation in Erasmus+ projects, the College strives to introduce innovation into its classrooms and improve its education quality by focusing on practical applications of engineering knowledge. 

We consider the Erasmus+ programmes as vital tools in realizing our College’s long-term strategy of increasing our role as the prime actor in applied sciences and engineering education in the wider region, focusing on the first and (in the future, based on our submitted new accreditation material) the second cycle of studies in both student and staff mobility. 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 internationalization strategy emphasizes the need for developing strategic partnerships and agreements in the areas of the world which are promoting engineering and economic development. 
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 the recognition of qualifications, recognizes of all study results and ECTS points gained through mobility or blended mobility, supports cross-border validation of degrees, counts all learning outcomes towards overall academic achievement, and records mobility results in Diploma Supplement. 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, accessible environment. The College also promotes environmental awareness, and through digitization processes and paperless administration encourages students and staff to ‘think green’ in all walks of College life. The College ensures that there is no discrimination based on sex, race, colour, ethnic or social origin, genetic features, language, religion or belief, political or any other opinion, membership of a national minority, property, birth, disability, age or sexual orientation at the institution.

The objectives of Subotica Tech include providing students with the skills and competences necessary to successfully enter the job market and work in their engineering field of expertise; ensuring that both staff and students are able to develop and further their skillset and knowledge through international mobility. 

The mobility programs have two main target groups. Students are encouraged to participate in mobility as a form of widening their scope of knowledge, experiencing a different education system, knowledge transform, and dispersion (both incoming and outgoing students are encouraged to share their experiences and learning results with peers), gaining practical, hands-on engineering knowledge by working in well-equipped laboratories, increasing their multicultural awareness and sense of common European heritage, developing their English language skills, which will, in turn, increase their chances on the professional labour market in terms of future employment.

Staff mobility is strongly supported as a form of professional development and knowledge transfer. To keep up with constantly changing technological and engineering trends, it is imperative for our teaching and administrative staff to engage in lifelong learning, experience engineering and applied science education in other educational systems, be proficient in digitalization of education, so that they implement their experiences in their own classroom. Staff mobility is realized mainly based on academic contacts, with the International Office offering support principally in organization and obtaining the necessary documentation and accommodation. The recognition of staff mobility is done by the Assistant Director of Education at Subotica Tech. Specific initiatives to increase the percentage of professors with an international background are being implemented. 

Our international partnerships facilitate and support staff and student mobility, student recruitment, collaborative research, and capacity-building. By participating in the Erasmus+ programmes, the College aims to meet its key objectives: promote internationalization on institutional level, enhance the quality of higher education through mobility by ensuring learning results’ transferability, international comparability, and recognition of achieved results (ECTS).