EPS

ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT 2014-2020

Institution’s international (EU and non-EU) strategy

One of the essential strategic objectives of Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences is to ensure high training quality of engineering specialists corresponding to the standards of the country and European Union. Implementing this strategic objective, the main international cooperation priorities are the internationalization and modernisation of study programmes, introduction of innovations, reasoning of applied research outcomes, guaranteeof graduates’ competitiveness in the international labour market, and development of the University employees competences.

 

This program will allow us to encourage the mobility of students and staff, transnational cooperation with other higher education institutions and business enterprises, to improve the study quality and seek for internationalization and modernization of study programmes via case study, dissemination of good practice, joint programmes, distance learning, and student-oriented study model.

 

In order to maximize the opportunities to prepare highly-skilled specialists, the main criteria of international cooperation partner selection is specialization. The University seeks to develop partnership with similar institutions that develop study programmes in the field of mechanics, transport, civil engineering, electrical power and electronics engineering.

 

Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences seeks to contribute to the European higher education modernization agenda, therefore Europe is perceived as a main strategic partner, and individual regions are not identified. Student and staff mobility, the development and implementation of international projects, international cooperation, and cooperation in applied research activities - all this serves as a complex development of study programmes applying the experience obtained during the international cooperation and thus making the training of specialist to meet the needs of European labour market.

 

The essential objectives of international cooperation are: modernization of study programmes, development of environment appropriate for studies, guarantee of teachers’ academic, methodological, vocational, educational potential, partnership networks via the dissemination of innovations and experience. The main target groups of international cooperation are full time first cycle students and the University staff.

 

The international cooperation will provide conditions to join the European higher education area developing joint and double degree programmes, full-time study programmes that will ensure better possibilities of graduates’ competitiveness, self-realization and career opportunities in European Union and world labour markets.

 

Institution’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme.

In order to ensure high training quality of engineering specialists corresponding to the standards of the country and European Union, to contribute to the development of knowledge society the basic attention is paid to the innovation of teaching and learning methods, thus encouraging students to think critically, developing society that is open to education and culture and that manages to work in rapidly changing world of modern technologies. Implementing the projects the University will seek to cooperate and develop partnership with all interested parties – authorities, other education

institutions and social partners, particularly employers. Implementing this strategic objective the University seeks to become a modern, competitive in education market, learning and open to society needs organization which activity is based on high quality principles and is oriented towards the result. International cooperation, international projects, in particular, should be oriented towards the application of modern teaching / learning means, thus encouraging the development of students’ skills and competences.

 

Expected impact on the modernisation of Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives to be achieved.

Positive impact of the program to Kaunas University of Applied Engineering Sciences:

 

1) The increased number of graduates. Different social groups will be encouraged to study, including the representatives of disadvantaged and vulnerable social groups. Systemic dissemination of information about the possibilities to study and the advantages of the acquired education, providing of special vocational counselling and helping to choose appropriate field of studies, will allow decreasing the number of students who abort their studies and will orient towards engineering studies.

 

2) Increasing quality and topicality of higher education. The involvement of employers into the design, development and implementation of the study programmes, the encouraging of staff exchange will help to adjust the study programmes to the present and future labour market needs, to increase the possibilities to employ and strengthen the business. Flexible, innovative teaching and learning methods will ensure the possibility to increase the quality of higher education.

 

3) Strengthening of quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation. The development of new cross-border cooperation forms and attraction of students and staff from other countries are the essential quality incentives that will help to achieve the foreseen strategic objectives.

 

4) Development of knowledge triangle: to provide interaction between education, research and business, seeking excellence and regional development. The cooperation and partnership with business, the implementation of enterprise, creativity, and novelty, the implementation of innovations via the international cooperation will become the key aspects of the University activity that will help to prepare highly-skilled engineering specialists who are competitive in the global labour market.

 

5) Improved management and finance. The activity orientation towards the achievement of objectives, the diversity of strategic possibilities, modern management of human resources, and the attraction of alternative sources of finance will allow the University to become a competitive and modern participant of education market.