In 2002 State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sacz has applied to European Commission in Brussels declaring active participation in development of European education for the first time. Receiving Erasmus University Charter for 2003-2007 and 2007 – 2013 let our University to participate in Erasmus Programme.
The university strategy and main priorities in Erasmus Policy Statement for 2014–2020 are: provide high quality educational services according to European teaching requirements, increase students’, academic teachers and administrative staff mobility, increase quality and quantity of bilateral multilateral cooperation, increase qualifications and visibility obtained in other universities, adapting new, innovative elements to curricula, cooperation with foreign enterprises to provide practice placements for students, develop innovations, internationalization in educational sector and exchange of experience in many aspects of Lifelong Education to facilitate students and staff adaptation to European environment and multicultural society. Throughout many supplementary forms of education academic teachers, and administrative staff are raising their qualifications for example.: language courses, post diploma studies, doctoral studies etc. University emphasize very important role of English language, as a main way of communication in the global world. ECTS is implemented in all fields of study as the main device to facilitate mobility; curriculum is available and up to date.
Up till now we have established bilateral agreements with many foreign partners institutions. International cooperation is very important part of university strategy. Quality and high level of mobility is also be very significant goal. Financial support from institutional own funds will help organize mobility. To comply with basics Erasmus rules, university will pay attention to the non-discrimination rules; any signs of racism, xenophobia, prejudice because of gender, nationality, disability or religion will be treated as the violation of human rights. To achieve social and economic cohesion of EU, university will take all possible measures to develop cooperation with industry, business, labour market, community and local and regional authorities.
Full mobility recognition is provided for satisfactory completed Erasmus exchange. No fees for tuition will be charged from incoming Erasmus students. The most important target groups are students (study and practice placements) and staff (teaching and training mobility).
Good level of organization of staff and students mobility is provided. Equal treatment is provided for all participants of mobility. Integration is very important element of Erasmus mobility.
In order to guarantee proper visibility to Erasmus University Charter, Erasmus Policy Statement and Erasmus programme, in cooperation with local media there will be widespread publicity on university web page and information delivered to academic and local community, companies and other institutions.
Taking under consideration our geographical position, we focus on closer cooperation with our closest neighbor countries and also with participating and non-participating countries. We plan to follow cooperation projects for innovation and good practice, which are element of institutional internationalization and modernization strategy; enterprises, staff mobility, knowledge alliance between HEI and business.
Due to participation in Erasmus + programme there will be stronger connection between education, research, business, which is very important for creation new fields of studies and development of our institution; there will be higher number of population with higher education diploma; Improving the quality of education by adapting to the curricula new requirements of changing economy, business, labour market and information collected by Institutional Career Office. Strengthening education quality through mobility and international cooperation; mobility helps students and staff increase their professional skills, get new experience, obtain wide social skills and be able to function in multicultural societies.