Erasmus+ program

Studying abroad is a central part of ERASMUS+ PROGRAM and has been shown to have a positive effect on later job prospects. It is also an opportunity to improve language skills, gain self-confidence and independence and immerse yourself in a new culture. At Polytechnic Pula - College of applied sciences opportunities are available for students at Short Cycle, Bachelor (First Cycle) and Master (Second Cycle).

ERASMUS+ PROGRAM supports the European plan of modernization and internationalization in higher education. This strategy emphasizes the importance of student and staff mobility in participation in international cooperation projects in order to improve the quality of higher education and student experience.

The specific objectives of the ERASMUS+ program:

  • increasing the quality and internationalization of education institutions,
  • to strengthen the international dimension of learning through collaboration with partner institutions,
  • improvement of skills relevant to the labor market,
  • modernizing education through cooperation on the creation of educational policy, the use of EU tools and examples of good practice and
  • promoting the linguistic diversity of the EU and interculturality.

Structure of ERASMUS+ program:

  1. Key Action 1: Learning mobility of individuals

Key Action 1 aims to encourage the mobility of students, staff, volunteers, youth workers, and young people. Organizations can arrange to send or receive students and staff to or from participating countries, as well as organize teaching, training, learning and volunteering activities.

 

  1. Key Action 2: Innovation and good practices

Key Action 2 is designed to develop the education, training, and youth sectors through five main activities:

  1. Strategic partnerships to support innovation in the sector as well as joint initiatives to promote cooperation, peer-learning, and the sharing of experience.
  2. Knowledge Alliances to foster innovation in and through higher education together with businesses, and beyond, contributing to new approaches to teaching and learning, entrepreneurship in education, and the modernization of higher education systems in Europe.
  3. Sector Skills Alliances to tackle skills gap and ensure a better alignment of vocational education and training with labor market needs. There are opportunities to modernize VET, exchange knowledge and best practices, encourage working abroad, and increase the recognition of qualifications.
  4. Capacity-building projects in the field of higher education to support the modernization, accessibility, and internationalization of higher education in Partner Countries.
  5. Capacity-building projects in the field of youth to support the development of youth work, non-formal learning, and volunteer work, as well as promote non-formal learning opportunities with Partner Countries

 

  1. Key Action 3: Support for policy reform

Key Action 3 aims to increase the participation of young people in democratic life, especially in discussions with policy makers, as well as developing knowledge in the fields of education, training, and youth.

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Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)
Please describe your institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy. In your description please explain a) how you choose your partners, b) in which geographical area(s) and c) the most important objectives and target groups of your mobility activities (with regard to staff and students in first, second and third cycles, including study and training, and short cycles). If applicable, also explain how your institution participates in the development of double/multiple/joint degrees. (max. 5000 characters)
     The Polytechnic Pula was founded in 2000. The Polytechnics study unifies the knowledge from the fields of technics, business economics, management, informatics and social sciences. The professional knowledge with polyvalent functions is formed as the symbiosis of the higher technical and business education of the modern experts, enabling the graduate students to develop creativity and to orient themselves in the contemporary conditions of production and business. The strategic goal of the Polytechnics study is the education of the experts for the expert professional work according to the standards of the globalized world and the requirements of the consumers of products and services in the open market. The idea about the founding of the polyvalent study was born because of the fact that the industry and manufacture are the backbone of the economic development of Istria and Croatia, whose future development can be achieved through the new approaches to acquiring and evaluating knowledge, as well as the implementation of that knowledge with applicative skills, harmonized with the important changes of the products, manufacture and services within the scope of the existing globalized economical system which should be our goal.
     Its aspire in the field of mobility activities is to exchange ideas, experiences and knowledge in order to improve the quality of teaching, increase student employability, strengthen language proficiency and intercultural competence among students and staff members and increase competence of its teaching and non-teaching staff members to improve administrative policies and harmonization of curricula. All these measures are needed to enhance the Polytechnics’ recognizability and competitiveness at the domestic and international levels. Furthermore, Polytechnics considers student and staff mobility necessary step to initiate joint double, multiple and joint degree programmes and networking.
     The basic goal of the Polytechnic Pula, College of applied sciencel is the education of the engineers of the future. The engineer of the future will have to acquire high quality technical knowledge, to know how to implement the principles of the engineering and teamwork, and to use the skills of quick transfer of the ideas into the practice.
     Therefore, when choosing partners, Polytechnic Pula focuses on HE institution with similar curricula, that are concentrated on applied sciences and engineering, but also with emphasis on activities that allow students to learn contemporary role of the engineer that envelops the ability to think and to lead projects, to understand the economy of knowledge and knowledge management. The geographical area in which our institution is most interested to establish mobility activities is Central and South Europe, with special emphasis on Slovenia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Serbia, Bulgaria, Macedonia and Turkey.
If applicable, please describe your institution's strategy for the organization and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme. (max. 2000 characters)
     Our institution is not currently involved in international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme. Such cooperative projects, both in applied research and in education, remain in the focus of the Polytechnics in the upcoming years.

     Nevertheless, students are continuously encouraged to spend part of their studies abroad by providing relevant information on our website, and by organizing various target activities for students. The Polytechnic website is updated daily with new scholarships (primarily for foreign universities) and information that our students may find interesting.
Please explain the expected impact of your participation in the Programme on the modernisation of your institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives you intend to achieve. (max. 3000 characters)
     After eleven generations of students, the Polytechnics as the institution has overcome the initial barriers; it has acquired enough of the practical experience which enables it to design a quality, market-oriented educational program. The Polytechnics Pula, as the only study in Istria and one of the few in Croatia and neighbor countries which unifies the modern knowledge from the fields of technics, informatics, economics and management, offers a broad spectre of possibilities for development and improvement. Therefore Polytechnics Pula finds extremely important the EU’s modernization and internationalization agenda by HE.

By signing this Charter, Polytechnics obliges itself to contribute to all five priorities hereby:

  1. Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs.Polytechnics has developed and implemented a set of measures whose aim is to attract young people from Istria and surrounding regions to join Polytechnics. These measures are all in line with governmental policy and Polytechnics strategy.
  2. In order to improve the quality and relevance of HE, Polytechnics systematically implements a set of measures, like establishing and maintaining close contacts with regional companies, aiming to improve employability of its students.
  3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation are fostered through the Polytechnics’ strategy that insists on mobility and cross-border cooperation for every individual, being student or a part of teaching or non-teaching staff. For certain categories it is set up as a necessary requirement for getting promotion. Participating in the Erasmus+ program supports such approach and is fully in line with Polytechnics strategy.
  4. Linking HE, research and business for excellence and regional development.Polytechnics is a HE institution aiming to go into agreements with institutions who are concentrated on applied sciences and engineering. Participation in Erasmus+ program will facilitate cooperation and joint activities with the business sector and improve technology transfer from the institution toward companies.
  5. Improving governance and funding. In order to achieve results in the international arena of HE institutions, Polytechnics is aware that it needs to increase the budget through influx and income outside the national budget, by increasing investment in applied research for the benefits of society, by technology transfer and by getting funds from international cooperation projects. Therefore, participation in Erasmus+ program will further foster the relations with stakeholders in the business sector.

     The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) and the Erasmus Policy statement will be available in English on the Polytechnics’ web site. A reference to ECHE will be made in public relations materials. A summary of EPS will be handed out to prospective students/staff at workshops and seminars. Having the honor of receiving ECHE will significantly develop intercultural relationships, mutual understanding, culture of team work and better exchange of knowledge among students, teaching or non-teaching staff from various countries.

Country City College Subject
Finland Vaasa Vaasan Ammattikorkeakoulu - VAASA University of applied sciences electrical engineering, information technology, international business, electronics, robotics
Hungary Budapest Obuda University engineering and engineering trades
Italy Benevento Universita’ Degli Studi Del Sannio business and administration, engineering and engineering trades
Italy Modena Dismi - University of Modena And Reggio Emilia engineering and engineering trades
Macedonia Skopje SS. Cyril and Methodius University in Skopje engineering, manufacturing and construction, environment and mathematics
Macedonia Ohrid University of Information Science and Technology "Saint Paul the Apostole" information and communication sciences
Poland Lublin Lublin University of technology mechanical and electrical engineering
Poland Nowy Sacz State Higher Vocational School in Nowy Sacz, – Institut of Technology engineering technology, business studies, management studies
Poland Tarnow Malopolska School  of Economics business studies, management science
Portugal Leiria Polytechnic Institute of Leiria for mobility of students: mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, environmental protection technology, for mobility of teaching and non-teaching staff: engineering, management
Portugal Funchal, Madeira ISAL – Higher Institute of Administration and Languages business and administration
Portugal Viana do Castelo Polytechnic institute of Viana do Castelo energy, electronics and mechanics engineering
Romania Bacau "Vasile Alecsandri" University of Bacau technical mechanics
Romania Sibiu Universitatea „Lucian Blaga“ Din Sibiu engineering and engineering trades (mechanical engineering)
Slovenia Maribor Alma Mater Europaea Maribor project management, leadership and business management systems, ecology
Slovenia Ljubljana ICES energy and mechanical engineering
Slovenia Kranj B&B d.o.o. Management, business administration
Slovenia Ljubljana B&B Education adn training, Higher Vocational College Management, business administration
Slovenia Ljubljana ICES - Educational center of the energy system, Higher Vocational College Energy and mechanical engineering
Turkey Kirklareli Kirklareli University Electronics and automation