Workshops with International Relations Office of Tomas Batia University in Zlin

On November 14th - 18th Stanisław Staszic University of Applied Sciences held a Staff Training Mobility for our esteemed colleagues form the International Relations Office of Tomas Batia University in Zlin (Czechia).

The training week consisted of workshops, job shadowing. The following topics were covered during the workshops:

Currently, in many European countries we observe increasing resentment towards different ethnic and religious groups, this antagonism has unfortunately also influenced some beneficiaries of the Erasmus+ Programme. Therefore, members of international relations offices around Europe need to develop new tools in order to increase the cultural awareness of both, home and incoming foreign students. Participants of the workshop conducted a focus group discussion in order to find new ways of making their local societies more aware of profits coming from multiculturalism.

As European universities face an ever-growing demand for increasing the degree of their internationalization, we feel it is crucial to improve not only the quantitative but also qualitative features of short- and long-term international mobility of the academic society. We see Erasmus+ Key Actions 1 and 2 as a door-opening tool that makes worldwide collaboration between universities easier, makes learning outcomes more transparent and promotes the ETSC system as a global recognition system of academic achievements. It is clear that solutions developed by the Erasmus+ Programme, in its past and current editions, can be used in many key areas, such as development of joint degree programs, establishing international dual study programs etc. During this open panel participants debated on how to effectively transfer the living heritage of LLP Erasmus into other areas of their HEI’s life.

Staff members of UTB and PWSZ in Piła also conducted a one day panel, during which they exchanged experiences and good practices on different aspects and challenges concerning the mobility of disabled students. Furthermore, they tried to establish new ways to make the Programme more inclusive. We think that international mobility of students is one of the pillars of a modern society, however, it also presents a wide spectrum of risks for the participants, therefore, IROs carry the responsibility to asses which partner institutions are best prepared to meet the needs of their students.

The cooperation within the Erasmus+ Programme can and should be used as a foundation to implement further joint-venture projects answering to the European Social Policy. Contacts established during the mobility of academic staff will remain as a key contribution to strengthening university relations, thus allow to engage in new projects. These projects can include scientific research in programmes like Horizon 2020, however, it can also lead to the development of joint degree programmes. During the panel UTB and PWSZ in Piła have established that it would be possible to develop a joint degree programme for BA studies in the field of Electrical Engineering. Further conclusions indicated that both parties should start formal procedures which lead to signing a separate agreement for this program in the closest future.

Finally our guest presented their University to the students of the Economic Institute and invited them to choose UTB as the destination of their Erasmus+ Programme Student Mobility for Studies.