ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT
I. INTERNATIONAL STRATEGY
Choice of partners
The primary objective of DTI is to increase the quality and quantity of outgoing and incoming mobility participants following the European principles of modernisation and internationalisation of higher education and considers Erasmus+ Programme to be the greatest opportunity hereof. DTI is addressing the potential partners with corresponding profile using personal contacts, correspondence and visits. DTI thoroughly discusses the compatibility of study programmes and courses and all other related conditions of mobility before signing of new inter-institutional agreement with partners abroad to ensure full recognition for completed activities of mobility to bring the positive outcomes and impact for all partners. The existing partnerships are regularly monitored by the Vice-Rector for Science and Research and the Erasmus coordinator and they are continued if they bring good results.
DTI is focused mainly on V4 countries, EU members (Bologna process, EHEA, EUA) with the perspective of the OECD countries. DTI currently has 5 partners in 3 EU countries. Broadening the cooperation with other EU and non-EU countries would definitely strengthen the internationalisation of our activities.
Objectives and target groups
Internationalisation of education is one of the significant factors of evaluating higher education quality therefore DTI emphasises international co-operation in all fields of study (undergraduate, graduate, postgraduate and life-long programmes) and research through international student and staff mobility, projects, publications and conferences. DTI focuses on establishing the offer of courses in the English language and improving conditions for admitting foreign students, teachers and research workers. DTI respects in full the principles of non-discrimination and ensures equal access and opportunities to all mobility participants providing appropriate mentoring, supporting and linguistic assistance. Each semester DTI offers English language courses for outgoing students/staff and Slovak language courses for incoming students/staff. DTI is able to send and receive disabled students and staff and integrate them into the institutional community as DTI supports equal conditions and principles with no difference of race, gender, religion or orientation. All incoming students and staff are equally treated and offered the same services as the home students and staff.
DTI prepares the joint degree study programme in Business Administration with institutions from partner countries planned to start in academic year 2014/2015.
II. INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION PROJECTS
DTI intends to intensify and develop its current educational and research cooperation with other institutions of higher education and local/regional/national authorities. DTI plans to reinforce cooperation with both state and private sector to enhance regional development. DTI has worked on several ESF projects, e.g. “The Virtual University: Quality Improvement of the Extramural Form of Study at the Dubnica Institute of Technology” (ITMS 26110230010) and “The Quality Improvement of Education and Development of Human Resources at the Dubnica Institute of Technology” (ITMS 26110230059).
The cooperation with partner academic institutions will continue in the form of strategic partnerships focused on the development of modern curricula, innovative practices and application of new technologies (mass media, e-learning, open distance learning, interactive teaching, etc.) to enhance employability and competitiveness of our graduates.
The internationalisation of education at DTI is enforced by European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System and Diploma Supplement and in cooperation with foreign institutions in creating joint degree programmes and research projects within the framework of the EU programmes.
DTI offers accredited Bachelor´s and Master´s study programmes (Doctoral programmes are in the accreditation process) and lifelong learning courses. DTI publishes the updated Course Catalogue on the website in the English language which enables both home and incoming students to create their own modules of study. DTI creates the curricula of study programmes with a more general basis at the Bachelor´s level and more specialized basis at the Master´s level. Tools to assess quality of DTI (Internal Quality System) are based on the international ESG standards. DTI has recently applied for the Certificate ISO9001.
DTI follows five key priorities of the modernisation agenda for higher education in the EU :
increasing the number of higher education graduates – DTI increases access to higher education to all regions of Slovakia and abroad in accordance with its approved long-term strategy;
improving the quality and relevance of teaching and learning – DTI equips graduates with the knowledge and core transferable competences they need to succeed in high-skill occupations; DTI provides courses to increase language and ICT competences both of its students and staff;
promoting mobility of students and staff and cross-border cooperation – DTI provides opportunities for students and staff to gain additional skills through study or training abroad which boosts higher education performance;
strengthening the "knowledge triangle", linking education, research, and business – DTI closely cooperates with business companies in providing relevant study programmes and training;
creating effective governance and funding mechanisms for higher education – DTI thoroughly and continually plans its investments and assesses their efficiency to emphasize optimisation of balance between responsibility and competences at all levels of financial management, funds of the Programme will effectively contribute to multi-source financing model of DTI.