CARTA ERASMUS CHARTER FOR HIGHER EDUCATION 2014-2020. (English version)

 
BACKGROUND.

   Our institution has been holder of the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) after submitting the application . It is in this year and in the academic year 2013/14 when our Institution, after contacting the Vocational Training and Continuous Education office of the Regional Education Agency, developer of the 7th Traineeship Erasmus Cooperative Project coordinating companies and educational institutions in the year 2013, carried out the necessary procedures resulting in that two students of the Advanced Training Programme in Finance and Administration from our Institution are doing their internships in companies based abroad. Actually, a young woman is working in Poland and a young man in Berlin (Germany).
   Simultaneously, on March 23rd the call to apply for the new Erasmus Charter for Higher Education was published in the Official Daily Bulletin of the European Union for those academic Institutions that were previously in possession of the Erasmus Charter. This new Erasmus Charter remains valid for the period 2014-20 . The period to participate in the call and apply for the charter expired on May 15th. Our Institution did participate and apply for the Charter.
   On December 16th 2013 the set of institutions awarded with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education was published on the Executive Agency´s (EACEA) web page. This charter will be valid between 2014 and 2020, being the Erasmus Programme official throughout this period.

GOALS OF THE ERASMUS+ PROGRAMME.
   The aforementioned Erasmus +Programme is being implemented to pursue three goals:

  1. To promote learning and practical training, both, inside and outside the European Union
  2. To support and foster the learning and education partnerships involving and bringing together educational institutions, local and regional authorities, non-governmental organizations and youth organizations, among other agents.
  3. Modernizing and organizing education and training in order to promote innovation, entrepreneurship and employability

   The Erasmus+ Programme will foster and develop cooperation between education institutions and companies through trade and knowledge-based partnerships which strengthen the links and cooperation between the academic and the corporate world, to the end of facilitating the access to the world of work and hence the employability of the citizens.
   This new programme pursues the combination of both, corporate and academic learning beyond the European Union, thus having a clear internationalizing purpose for it has been designed to be applicable in countries outside the EU with the clear aim of improving the quality of education in order to enhance the effectiveness and employability of students, teachers and workers.


CONCERNING THE AREAS OF FURTHER EDUCATION AND VOCATIONAL TRAINING, THE SPECIFIC AIMS OF THIS PROGRAMME ARE:

  1. Increase the transparency and compatibility among all the Qualifications of Skills and Vocational Training obtained in every European country.
  2. Foster the cooperation between companies and Further Education institutions like Technical Colleges and Vocational Training centres.
  3. To promote the development of innovative practices and tools in education and training

   Likewise, the main objective that the Partnership of the General Agency of Basic Vocational Training and Permanent Education, with which our institution cooperates and works, and through which our students are doing their internships under the Erasmus programme, is the realization of the Curricular Practical Training in companies across the European Union.
   The Partnership, therefore, is the union of the General Agency, being the beneficiary legal entity, and the Higher Education Institutions of the European Union which are holders of the Erasmus Charter for High Education (ECHE) and which voluntarily adhere to the project with a commitment letter, as well as the hosting organizations, which are education institutions, mainly in the European Regions within the Ereivet network.
   The General Agency is developing a project at a regional level ,applicable to a broad array of trades and occupations, which is designed to meet the educational and training needs of 100 participant institutions of Further Education and Advanced Vocational Training of every trade and professional path present in the educational catalogue of the Regional Government of Andalucia. Our Institution is another participant member and the sought after goals are:

  1. To complement the academic education of the participants with practical expertise in European corporations suitable to every career path
  2. To obtain the certified professional competencies credential with the academic Advanced Certificate of Vocational Training and the Europass mobility document.
  3. To develop and improve the linguistic and cross curricular competences ( versatility, flexibility, adaptability, communication, personal autonomy, decision making, entrepreneurship...)
  4. To contribute to the social, professional and personal development of students and trainees as European citizens
  5. To increase the employability and the likelihood to access the world of work of all participant individuals

   Finally, on April 4th of 2014 we received the Erasmus Charter by e mail, which is posted on our web site along with the current educational policies designed and established to develop the Erasmus Programme.


PRINCIPLES OF THE ERASMUS PROGRAMME:

  • Selection of cooperating institutions, which must offer the same educational programmes and qualifications that we treat , as well as having experience in international programmes of educational and professional exchange.
  • Geographical Areas: All countries of the European Union, chiefly United Kingdom, France, Germany, Holland and Switzerland.
  • Aims of these activities and programmes: Linguistic development, cultural integration and professional expertise, in addition to the development and strengthening of links with international institutions, both, companies and educational institutions
  • Groups to whom these activities are addressed : Students and Teachers from the Higher/Advanced Vocational Training Programmes.

ORGANIZATION AND MANAGEMENT STRATEGIES:

  1. Linguistic and communicative training provided for teachers and students alike by the Foreign Languages Department and bilingual teachers.
  2. Promotion of this programme using the promotion tools and devices available in this institution (Seminars, posters, web site..).
  3. Developing links and cooperating with foreign and international institutions which take part in this programme.
  4. Constant supervision and support provided to the local students participating in this programme abroad, which involves constant feedback and communication with them.
  5. Design and implementation of procedures to cater for the incoming students and teachers. Such procedures are set to promote linguistic training, cultural adaptation and support to find accommodation.
  6. Providing support to the incoming foreign students during their traineeships in local companies and the constant communication with their corporate tutors.

   With regards to the foreseeable effect of the involvement of our institution in the Erasmus+ programme we can say that it will have a remarkable impact in terms of the established aims:

  • Raise the level of education and qualification to increase the number of graduates willing to actively participate in Research and Development projects. This talent force is pivotal to create new forms of industry and sources of employment. Therefore, by means of the networks that stem from our exchange programmes, further knowledge and technology will be obtained to increase both, productivity and well-being within the European Union.
  • Enhance the quality and adequacy of high education by gathering ideas from different education institutions and corporations from the whole European Union and beyond. Hence our institution will learn new teaching methods, which will make for better academic and professional results in the near future. Furthermore, by collaborating with different academic institutions and businesses from different countries we will learn more about European labour markets and businesses´ needs. This will enable teachers, institutions and education authorities to develop programmes and regulations to improve the adequacy and suitability of higher education to the current needs of our society.
  • Strengthen the quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation since, as the most qualified students, teachers and researchers have the chance to come to this institution, we will be able to share ideas and tools with education institutions and companies from different territories and, therefore, our standards will remarkably improve.
  • Regarding our institution, an education in alignment and close collaboration with the corporate world, chiefly in the area of Research and Development, given the fact that our students and the staff will have the chance to interact and exchange experiences with their colleagues from foreign academic institutions( as well as those devoted to research and development) and businesses, there will be a greater knowledge, more efficiency and the subsequent increase in employment and standards of living. We live in a knowledge-based society and the fluent flow of ideas among the qualified agents is the key to bring forth social and economic improvements.
  • Improving funding and good governance. This programme and the knowledge acquired will result in better academic results and professional development of the participants. Moreover, over time there will be better managerial procedures and good governance. The combination of such factors will result in further economic growth with all its positive effects and, consequently, giving the growing efficiency of education, more public funding will be allocated.

 

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