The Erasmus+ Programme builds on the achievements of more than 25 years of European programmes in the fields of education, training and youth, covering both an intra-European as well as an international cooperation dimension.
The purpose of the Erasmus+ programme is to enable young people to raise their qualifications and improve their career opportunities as well as to modernise the systems of education, traineeships and working with the youth. The budget allocated to this seven-year programme amounts to 14.7 billion Euros, i.e. 40% more than in the current programme budget, proving the degree to which the EU is committed to developing the fields encompassed by the programme.
Erasmus+ will enable over 4 million Europeans to pursue studies and trainings, acquire professional experience and volunteer abroad.
Within the scope of the programme, support will be given to international partner projects pursued by institutions and organisations dealing with education, trainings, and youth. The measures they undertake will be devoted to strengthening cooperation between the sphere of education and the professional world and bringing them closer together in order to solve the problem of insufficient qualifications which we are currently faced with in Europe.
Moreover, Erasmus+ will be supporting national efforts to modernise the system of education, trainings and youth policy. In the field of sports, support will be given to projects connected with mass disciplines and international challenges, such as e.g. match fixing, doping, violence, and racism.
Erasmus+ is the result of merging seven EU programmes in the field of education, training and youth that are currently in operation. Support for sport-related issues has been included for the first time. As an integrated programme, Erasmus+ offers more possibilities of cooperation within the scope of education, trainings, youth, and sports sectors. The terms of programme participation and financing conditions will also be simplified.
Erasmus+ Policy Statement
Established in 1993, Lazarski University is one of the best private universities in Poland with a high level of internationalization, preparing its students to lead successful professional lives and to contribute to the economic prosperity of their community. Our academic potential is robustly improved by a wise utilisation of political, economic, geographical, and cultural opportunities at an international scale. Our academic potential is robustly improved by a wise utilisation of political, economic, geographical, and cultural opportunities at an international scale. As a fundamental aspect of the Programme, international cooperation is at the core of the University's development strategy. The Mission Statement implies that: The Mission Statement implies that: The ultimate goal of Lazarski University is to create a multicultural, multi-ethnic and multilingual centre of legal and economic studies in the contemporary reality of Poland, adjusted to the dynamics of the European Union, and focused on meeting the challenges of globalization in the spirit of tolerance and respect for other cultures and religions. By providing the highest quality of education and numerous opportunities for the practical application of new information, the University produces economists, business people, administrators, lawyers and computer scientists who can successfully compete in the field of business and law. By providing the highest quality of education and numerous opportunities for the practical application of new information, the University produces economists, business people, administrators, lawyers and computer scientists who can successfully compete in the field of business and law. Lazarski University aims at increasing the number of students with international work experience. Lazarski University aims at increasing the number of students with international work experience. Our goal is to provide them with support in training and continued training and in acquiring and using knowledge, skills and qualifications, as well as to facilitate their personal growth, employability and participation in the European labour market.
The University actively participates in global networks of universities and research institutions in order to open up its educational and training opportunities to the world at large; provides opportunities for professional growth of the faculty; and gains international perspectives that broaden its understanding of best practices in education and expand its operations to include students from abroad. In the world of eroded borders and real-time internet communications, geography still matters in choosing partnerships. In the world of eroded borders and real-time internet communications, geography still matters in choosing partnerships. The core idea consists in collaboration with international institutions and researchers. The core idea consists in collaboration with international institutions and researchers. The efficiency of such cooperation requires meeting two key criteria: geographic proximity and thematic coherence. Poland is situated at the heart of Europe, while Lazarski is located in the capital of Poland. This geographical location should immanently encourage researchers from the neighbouring countries to establish collaboration with the University. We see the development of our international aspect (through creating and expanding our curriculum taught in English) as one of Lazarski University's most important obligations. We see the development of our international aspect (through creating and expanding our curriculum taught in English) as one of Lazarski University's most important obligations. By creating joint study programmes, mobility programmes, and research and development projects, the University will boost the number of students and employees who have an opportunity to gain international experience. By creating joint study programmes, mobility programmes, and research and development projects, the University will boost the number of students and employees who have an opportunity to gain international experience. We will strive to increase the number of joint study programmes ending with a double diploma, as well as team up with recognised foreign partners.
Erasmus Policy Statement 2021-2027
The herein released Erasmus Policy Statement is the commitment of Lazarski University (LU) to its academic community as well as to external beneficiaries engaged in LU policies, and monitoring institutions to respect and carefully adopt Erasmus Charter for Higher Education 2021 – 2027 principles. We believe the long-term goals of LU go in line with the ECHE priority areas and hence a real possibility of a strengthened impact on the identified areas for the further LU development is created. LU declares its devotion to undertake expected steps to participate fully in the European Educational Area and contribute to it in the form of dissemination of good practices.
LU has adopted a plan for internationalization in which goals arise out of the LU development strategy. It defines the main areas and directions of internationalization as well as specifies the main methods of achieving expected outcomes. The strategic goals imply activities that support the idea of LU as a dynamic research and teaching center effectively acting for the sake of building its position and competitive advantage through a sustainable increase in the quality of resources and skills of its stakeholders. The aim of LU is to undertake activities that stimulate international awareness, desire and development among students, academics and administrative staff.
The areas assumed by LU to be predestined for the main internationalization processes are: study programs and learning abilities, teaching and research activities, and organizational capacity of the university. The areas are interconnected and tools adopted for one goal are expected to have a positive effect on others.
LU concentrates its long term internationalization efforts on the following issues:
- The increase in the exposition of all LU community members on international experience. LU uses Erasmus student, and staff mobility schemes as the main tool in this regard. LU undertakes means to develop mobilities and to measure progress in terms of numbers and quality. It provides fair, and transparent procedures before, during, and after the mobility and demonstrates a high awareness of queries, complaints, suggestions from mobile students and staff. Equal and equitable access to international mobility to current and prospective participants is created. To ensure the high impact of the mobility schemes on students, academic and administrative staff, LU introduces and monitors policies and processes aimed at promoting and supporting individuals with fewer opportunities.
LU's involvement in the Erasmus Programme so far has resulted in numerous benefits in at least three areas: education, enriching the didactic benefits extending the methodological tools of academic teachers and building contacts in other university institutions resulting in joint international researches.
In terms of educational benefits for students, LU ensures that all ECTS credits gained for learning outcomes satisfactorily achieved during a period of study or training abroad are fully recognized as agreed in the learning agreement and confirmed by the transcript of records or traineeship certificate. Moreover the process of recognition will turn into more automatic - thus easier, faster, and more transparent. Mobility records are immediately traceable in a student’s degree and the Diploma Supplement.
The visibility of results achieved and recognition of teaching and training activities during the mobility period, based on a mobility agreement and in line with the institutional strategy is imposed.
LU takes measures for the inclusion of incoming mobility beneficiaries to the LU community. It recognizes the importance of the international impact of mobility students and staff on the LU community. The participation in the Erasmus Programme is also expected to contribute to inter institutional cooperation in the area of education and research. The prospective target is to learn good practices and develop research cooperation between educational partners, and finally, join international research teams involving international research projects and resulting in impact factor publications.
In regards of the benefits of enhancing faculty's teaching tools, that participation in the programme creates access to the necessary exchange of skills, methods and experiences used in the teaching process in other centres. Rapid progress in such areas as teaching methodology, changing student expectations, availability of new teaching tools and the possibility of unrestricted use of the knowledge resources available on the Internet pose completely new challenges for academic teachers. One of the answers to these challenges is the exchange of knowledge, observations and experience possible thanks to direct relations built under the Programme.
In the field of academic research exchange. The programme has proved to be indispensable and the best way to create, maintain and develop direct contacts possible through study visits. Numerous research streams created so far by LU researchers have been created under the Programme. Thanks to the participation in the Programme, it has also become possible to develop, publish and popularise the existing research.
- The increase in the quality of LU study programs. LU recognizes the value of integrated and transnational teaching and research activities together with blended learning opportunities so that it puts in life incentives with the aim of intensification of the use of international components and elements in study programs. LU also admires and recognizes different integrated and transnational components realized by LU students during exchange periods as well as a contribution of mobile staff and students, to the quality of study programs. LU creates an internal monitoring system of international mobility and cooperation activities and takes into account the results of it for further improving its international performance.
- The increase in the quality of supportive processes and activities performed by LU. LU put in life an action plan for the implementation of digital mobility management and participation in the European Student Card Initiative. It enables automatic recognition of credits (based on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System - ECTS) gained for learning outcomes satisfactorily achieved during a period of study or training abroad, including blended mobility. LU ensures that students receive transparent information on recognition and grade conversion procedures so that it publishes and regularly updates the course catalog and information on the grading system used on the website of LU and initiates a process of implementing grade distribution tables for LU study programs. LU provides organizational structures and processes for active support to incoming mobile participants in the process of finding accommodation, obtaining visas, and insurance. Language support and mentoring activities are organized. Moreover, LU uses the results of LU staff mobility as a support for the reform processes and involves various LU units to boost the operational capacity for performing appropriate quality of supportive services.
The digitalization of the Erasmus program processes contributes to the LU activities aimed at expanding the scope of services, supporting administrative processes, and improving the inter operational character of LU information systems. It also aims at making the university offer more accessible to people from disfavoured backgrounds, including people with disabilities (in December 2019 LU finalized the project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund resulting in the implementation of the platform for 18 public e-services aimed at supporting e-administration and e-education processes).
- Building civic, social, cultural, environmental awareness of the LU community. LU works out measures to ensure that any individual or group will be treated equally and equitably, under Article 21 of the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union. LU ensures equal academic treatment and the quality of services for incoming students. It also promotes civic engagement of students and staff who take advantage of mobility and encourages them to act as ambassadors of the Erasmus program and share their mobility experience. The mobility participants will be encouraged to engage in creating the alumni communities and spread out environmentally responsible behaviours and initiatives.
ECTS: the European Credit Transfer System
Thanks to implementing the ETCS at Lazarski University, students can pursue a part of their studies at other universities both in Poland and abroad. The ECTS (European Credit Transfer System) was first implemented in 1989 as a pilot project within the scope of the Erasmus programme.
It was considered one of the foundations of the European Higher Education Area by 40 countries that signed the Bologna Process. The ECTS serves both students pursuing a part of their studies abroad and students attending their parent university: it can be used for the purpose of accumulating credits within a single institution as well as of transferring credits between universities. The ECTS allows students to pursue their studies in different countries as well as at different universities within a single country and to transfer between different kinds of universities.
It also allows the students to transfer between universities in Poland, provided that they have implemented the ETCS. The ECTS makes it possible to present curricula in a clear and comparable manner. The system can be applied for all majors, irrespective of the mode in which they are conducted. The ECTS is student-oriented and based on the students' output required for achieving the targets stipulated in the curriculum.
The rule adopted as the basis for ECTS stipulates that a student's output in the course of full-time studies over a single academic year corresponds to 60 credits. The average output of a full time student in European countries usually amounts to 1,500-1,800 hours per year; given that, a single credit translates into approximately 25-30 hours of work.