ERASMUS
CHARTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATUION
2014 - 2020

 

 

 Universitätscharta_2014 bis 2020

 Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014 - 2020

                                                                   

Erasmus Policy Statement of the University of Innsbruck

 

The University of Innsbruck’s strategy for modernisation and internationalisation (EU and non-EU) prioritizes the participation in student and staff mobility, the development of joint degrees, strategic partnerships, knowledge alliances, capacity building with neighbouring and Third countries, and the participation in networks and policy support initiatives.

 

The 2014-2020 EU Programme for education, training, youth and sport of the European Commission (later “the Programme”) is seen as a core element of our institutional strategy.

Within its mission to promote the learning mobility of individuals and/or co-operation for innovation and good practices in the Programme the University of Innsbruck will adhere to the fundamental principles of the ECHE and its ERASMUS Policy Statement.

 

To achieve the above-mentioned goals we will co-operate with the EACEA, the National Agency Austria OeAD and other key-partners for the implementation of our strategy for modernisation and internationalisation with the aim to support the European modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education and to acknowledge the key contribution of student and staff mobility and of participation in international cooperation projects to the quality of our university’s higher education programmes and students experience.

In cooperation activities for innovation and good practices the University of Innsbruck intends to develop projects in key actions 1, 2, and 3 of the Programme.

a) In order to form strategic partnerships to foster intense, structured and long term co-operation among HEIs and key stakeholders the university will identify shared quality requirements specific to the planned exchanges. The partner institutions must be able to offer the required learning experience and teaching and will be evaluated regularly.

b) The influence of academic interests is balanced with other factors influencing institutional decisions such as geographical and subject area balance.

 

As Austria is at a central position the university is planning exchange activities with at least one HEI in every participating country and to function as a bridge-builder for its ERASMUS partners and HEIs in non-participating countries. It is our aim to increase the number of international degree students and the number of outgoing and incoming study mobility students to and from all participating, and a selected number of institutions from non-participating countries. Mobile participants are welcome in and from all cycles both within and beyond participating countries in all subject areas.

Traineeships will be offered to mobility students to and from participating and non-participating countries. The university will promote the mobility of outgoing and incoming academic staff to and from participating and nonparticipating countries. International cooperation and capacity building projects of the University of Innsbruck and HEIs in the participating countries and the Partner countries are developed.

 

To recognise the importance of, and provide visibility to, the results achieved by the staff members in individual mobility and cooperation projects with strategic partners our career schemes reward the participation in mobility.

Equal access and opportunities is provided by ensuring 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.

It is our special goal to include participants from groups usually under-represented in mobility (e. g. students / staff with disabilities, students from lower socio-economic backgrounds, with family responsibilities or with jobs) and to provide supplementary support.

 

All cycles are considered to contribute to the modernisation and internationalisation of the University of Innsbruck, so mobility activities are encouraged in all cycles. The 1st cycle is expected to have the largest number of participants.

Currently the University of Innsbruck is partner of five joint degree programmes. It is our goal to increase the number of local and international students involved in  double/multiple/joint degrees by offering a larger number of such programmes.

We will conclude Erasmus inter-institutional agreements and consortium agreements for double, multiple and joint degrees.  The percentage of the consortium involving non-participating countries should rise, as it is our goal to have participants with different backgrounds with the aim of an international classroom in all transnational teaching activities. The University of Innsbruck will sign other cooperation agreements with HEIs from participating and non-participating countries and join international cooperation and capacity building projects between HEIs in the participating countries and the Partner countries.