Erasmus Policy Statement 2014-2020

Internationalization and mobility are important parts of the Academy’s mission and strategy, approved by the Senate of our HEI and posted on the Website. Among others, the mission declares as its intentions: adopting the role of the regional and extra-regional centre of artistic research and didactic activities in the field of fine arts and design, ensuring access to professional artistic workshop of modern and traditional realisational methods, running activities open to realization of creative and research goals of the students and staff. The way to realize this mission is described in the strategy, which includes improving the quality of instruction and level of research to meet the requirements of the national, European and global standards. This aim is realized by, ie. continued participation in the programs of international, especially EU exchange,  internationalization of studies and research , international mobility exchange based on synchronizing and comparing the curricula, and opening the 3rd cycle of studies (which has been accomplished). The selection of partners within and outside Europe is made after careful consideration. Our HEI’s intention is to cooperate with partners devoted to the idea of internationalization, with high standards of instruction and common goals. The signed agreements often result from offering similar directions of studies. Partnerships often result from direct contacts between faculty members, common projects, research or artistic interests. The level of artistic and design output are the aspects that attract us to certain partners; the specifics of our HEI and its involvement in organizing exhibitions and plein-airs enhance internationalization and increase the number of close, trusted partners. Our intention is to sign agreements that will be active, that is why we systematically revise those that are already signed and constantly look for new partners. International contacts and activeness are necessary for the research activities of especially young staff, we are interested in the possibility of running exchanges on the three cycles of study.  The 1st one, in which the students absorb the most from the teaching environment, is connected with the quality of exchange which complements and widens the contents of instruction in the home HEI. The 2nd cycle, in which the student is mature enough to undertake their own development path, is connected with conscious choices, thus exchange introduces wider international context into individual research. The 3rd one, focused on research but also dissemination of knowledge, can help fully implement the ideals of the Program, which consist in learning as well as handing down knowledge, competences and skills. International activities within Europe are the most important for us, with regard to geographical closeness and comparability of the educational system. Thus we seek partnerships with our neighbouring countries. However, in the course of the years, we have developed interests and contacts in two overseas directions: the USA as well as Asian countries. This is dictated by the students’ interests, frequency of interpersonal contacts, possibilities of artistic research as well as change of gravity for the art world.

As for the target groups, we would like all members of our academic community to benefit from the European mobility programs. We strictly follow non-discrimination policy, in which no group is under-represented. To this end we would like to develop the techniques of blended learning. Definitely the 1st cycle students find it most convenient to apply for and realize mobility, esp. on the 2nd year of studies, thus they are the most active. However, the 2nd and 3rd cycles, when students start their unique, individual research and artistic career together with continuation of academic development, need international context, too. We strongly support participation in traineeships, promoting close connections between business and practical implementation of knowledge and skills. Similarily, young tutors, who are at the same time researchers, are encouraged by the HEI to test their discoveries in the international context, to exchange ideas and build up a network of partners. On the other hand, professors with established reputation can promote their knowledge, skills and experience, reinforcing the impact of the disciplines which they are teaching. In any case, we want staff exchange to be the starting point for our HEi’s reform. We have not yet had experience in developing double/multiple/joint degrees, but we are sure that active staff and student exchange leads to the development of integrated transnational teaching activities, which will be supported. We will recognize the importance of the results achieved by staff mobility, individually and in cooperation projects, and make them visible. Internationalisation is perceived by our HEI as a vital tool to realize our mission.

The organization and implementation of international cooperation projects should arise from the unique character of our Academy and its educational offer, which has been constantly improved. Already we are running some cooperational artistic projects which utilize the exceptional facilities which we possess in our HEI, for ex. taking part in a series of new media workshops organized together with German academies, inviting partners to our art centre to make use of the traditional ceramic firing techniques, introducing the tradition of Hot Temperature Festivals or cyclic printmaking workshops devoted to 1 technique each. We organize summer schools and invite visiting professors. We intend these initiatives, which serve also as a platform for interaction with professionals in the field, also international, to be the starting points for making use of the cooperation projects announced under the Programme. We will spread information about the cooperation projects, encourage and make it easier for the tutors to apply and realize the projects. We will also recognize the participation in these projects: in the case of students, by allocating ECTS credits or implementing another appropriate awarding procedure, in the case of tutor, by granting the Rectors’ Award, connected with financial gratification, for the successful application and realization of such project. The evaluation and recognition of the accomplishments brought about by participation in cooperation projects will be an indispensable follow-up. The most important thing is, however, encouraging the academic community to undertake the challenge of immersing themselves in this aspect of wide internationalization, which Is perceived as important by the Academy’s authorities.

Our participation in the Programme will facilitate the modernization of our Academy and its responsiveness to the knowledge economy. It will help us achieve goals contained in our mission statement.  By enhancing credit mobility, inviting students and tutors to join our didactic process, even for a semester or week, and sending members of our community to learn from our partners, we will improve the quality and relevance of teaching and training, thus approaching the goal of becoming the centre of artistic research and didactic activities in the field of fine arts and design. Activeness in organizing international projects will work towards the goal of running activities open to realization of creative and research activities of students and staff. We expect the number of graduates that have experienced internationalization in their academic life to retain its growth rate, with the number of traineeships growing more dynamically, as is the case now. The student participation in study periods abroad and international work placements abroad will result in equipping our graduates with the knowledge and core transferable competences. Cooperating with well selected and trusted partners will be a guarantee of the desired outcomes of mobility. Despite striving for the highest quality of education offered by our HEI, we understand the need to provide the students with additional skills from study or training abroad. The Programme’s activities will allow us to build up strategic partnerships, with higher education institutions and with enterprises or regional authorities, to create knowledge alliances and build international capacity. The strategic aim of internationalization of studies and research relates, among others, to encouraging cross-border co-operation to boost higher education performance. Another strategic goal calls for improving the quality of instruction and level of research to meet the requirements of the national, European and global standards. To this end we would like to cooperate with our partners to create joint, multiple or double degrees, in order to compare and synchronise curricula, but also exchange knowledge on the  effective governance and funding mechanisms in support of excellence. By continuously working towards the common goal of keeping our Academy up to date with the educational, cultural and economic challenges of the 21st century we will attract more and more students willing to pursue their education in our institution thus joining in achieving the aim of an increased number of higher education graduates in Europe.