Erasmus Policy Statement

The University of Hradec Králové has been awarded with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2014-2020 (ECHE; ECHE reference number: 48675-EPP-1-2014-1-CZ-EPPKA3-ECHE), which is a document issued by the European Commission that entitles higher education institution to participate at the Erasmus+ Programme. The document is issued for the whole period of the Erasmus+ Programme. In order to fulfil the award, the University of Hradec Králové has developed its Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS).

Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)

a)   UHK selects partners with respect to the following criteria:

A suitable institution/partner/subject

·         consists of faculties of a similar focus,

·         is accredited for similar programs,

·         is involved in activities in similar fields, with respect to teaching and research,

·         is based in a country, region, or area which is of research interest to any part of UHK,

·         is advanced and experienced in the areas of organizing teaching and research, institutions, collaboration with industry, commercializing research results,

·         appears to be a reliable and administratively accurate partner willing to cooperate with UHK,

·         has a history of cooperation on common grants, projects and in research.

Current contracts are regularly assessed based on how strictly they are adhered to.

 

b)   On top of that, partners within Europe and the EU are selected to make sure this region (almost all countries) is covered and applicants can learn about cultures and languages of their interest. UHK partner institutions cover a significant part of the EU (almost the entire EU and Europe).

Non-EU partners do not represent all countries – they are selected with respect to teaching and research interests of UHK (or its parts). Non-EU cooperation mainly focuses on Central and South America and Africa (politology at Faculty of Arts), North America (Faculty of Education - music department, Faculty of Science) and Taiwan (Faculty of Informatics and Management - IT and economy).

 

c)   The most important goals are:

·         Internationalizing the university environment

·         Creating conditions for interaction between UHK and international students – for our students abroad and for international students at UHK

·         Knowledge and interaction of academic and university staff, student contacts in learning and research, cooperation on projects and shared studies

·         Sharing the same cultural values, getting to know each other, exchange of information in terms of university leadership

·         Maintaining high-quality infrastructure and standards of accommodation, creating learning resources (university library, the Gaudeamus publishing house) incl. resources for the disabled, providing in-class care for students, esp. broadening the range of programs in English or other languages, a top-quality web content in English with clearly-stated information, a good LMS, IT systems for study records (teachers, registrar office), supporting student Buddy System organization etc.

·         Achieving a high level of administrative quality – contracts, documents, standards

 

All types of international programs are used, especially for bachelor, master and doctoral students (one semester stays). The university strives to:

·         Continuously expand doctoral mobility options – to mandatorily complete a 1 semester stay at a partner institution. The university is ready to reciprocally accept applicants from partner institutions.

·         Continue to increase the number of international students who complete the entire program at UHK (usually in English).

·         Recent years have seen an increase in popularity of trainee programs in companies for our students abroad and for international students in Czech companies.

 

Academic staff mobility programs usually involve short-term 1-week reciprocal visits. UHK also aims to increase the number of long-term programs for academic staff and research workers. There is a Mobility Centre at UHK (a regional office) which was created as a part of the EU ERA-MORE project, and it aims to help international researchers in the Hradec Králové region with administrative issues during their stay.


UHK provides some less extensive, not as much used study activities concerning Double Degree programs, and is looking for suitable partners to expand these areas.
 

University strategy

·         Employ all existing contacts and available options to process and execute projects (EU and non-EU) in terms of teaching, research and professional practice. Adopt/provide/spread experience gained through such projects and all kinds of mobility programs.

·         Prefer high-quality, reliable partners, but not avoid new partnership opportunities.

·         Be an accurate, reliable partner.

·         Adhere to all objective and economical requirements related to projects.

·         Administrative and preliminary project-related work should be carried out by specialized staff and teams.

·         Consideration and evaluation of work as well as incorporating Phase 1 feedback are important tools for preparing and evaluating projects.



Institution modernization (Five "New Agenda" areas)

1. Quantity: increase in the number of higher education graduates

To avoid degrading education quality and meet required standards, we strive to adjust to applicant demands by considering their previous education with respect to European/international standards and specifics. Our approaches vary, we offer support resources for all entrance levels, provide consultations and run catch-up courses. The UHK library, publishing house and Augustin Centre offer a growing range of resources for students with disabilities. Teachers are trained to support such students too. Effectiveness of approaches is regularly evaluated, reasons for termination of studies are analyzed.

 

2. Quality and relevance: teaching, research, graduate preparedness

UHK utilizes latest information and research results and actively participates in research of methods for creating up-to-date teaching and support resources. Our nationwide graduate employment situation is followed and frequently assessed. We cooperate with local companies and institutions. Program quality improvements to increase graduate preparedness are continuously implemented. Talents are supported and provided with further opportunities for learning and research cooperation at master and doctoral levels. Teachers are evaluated and awarded for the extent and quality of their teaching and research.

 

3. International cooperation and mobility

International cooperation is very important, and it is financially supported. We strive for its expansion which is scheduled. This cooperation is based on contractual agreements and planned, thoroughly assessed activities.  Our aim is that doctoral students will spend 1 semester at a partner institution during their studies. Teacher mobility programs foster new contacts and cooperation opportunities for teaching, grants and research.

 

4. Linking education, research and innovation (knowledge triangle)

UHK pays extra attention to linking education and research. We cooperate with organizations that provide professional practice opportunities, e.g. ICT companies (Hradec IT Cluster), or significant European companies, such as LINET. CTBT is a special technology transfer centre working for the university whose purpose is to create a link between the UHK academic environment and practice, commercialize methods etc. UHK also works on grants in cooperation with businesses.

 

5. Creating effective governance and funding mechanisms in support of excellence

There are UHK projects which aim to determine real cost of activities, create analysis and show the impact of the UHK financing model (fullcost). UHK regularly updates its development documentation based on SWOT analyses, and prepares strategies for teaching and research, cooperation, effective financing, identifying excellence, QA using markers. UHK participates in the U-Multirank project to learn more about itself.


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