Centre d’Estudis Politècnics is an institution that has been devoted to education for more than 50 years. During this time, we have trained more than 35,000 students who develop their activity in various fields and productive sectors. We are a HEI located in the centre of Barcelona and so we are a welcoming place for students from all different backgrounds and locations, always promoting a society open to differences and changes. We have been involved in a process of own pedagogical innovation based on achieving excellence through active methodologies with Project-Based Learning and Service Learning as its core activities so to empower our students based on a careful combination of transversal technical skills and their own studies which has been and will be positively influenced by international mobility, as new possibilities of cooperation in innovative pedagogical approaches will be open.
Internationalisation is a common part in our institution’s everyday life and so we will work towards the promotion and support of the Programme, this is why it is (and will be) part of our policy, previously discussed at all levels in our institution, which is to be monitored and improved through the Erasmus+ Programme lifecycle. By participating in Programme, the institution intends to develop the key actions to achieve the institution’s internationalization and modernization goals, as well as promoting the achievement of the European Education Area objectives and so aim to better include international aspects in our educational curriculum. As said, we are committed to tracking and regularly evaluating our mobility process on a yearly basis during the period of the Erasmus+ programme so as to ensure all agreements offer the best opportunities to both students and staff, and HEIs and enterprises. When necessary, we will make any corrective measures necessary to improve our strategy and agreements.
Thanks to collaborating and establishing connections with institutions around Europe (and outside), we aim to better understand the idiosyncrasy of each educational system and the labour market in the areas that correspond to our mobility, both for students and staff, in order to advance towards a common European framework in the training of our students and staff and in detecting their needs.
This way, we will actively promote all the activities under the Erasmus+ Programme (before, during and after) to all our students, staff and community and will support them in everything regarding their mobilities, as we intend to increase, year by year, the number of participants in our projects, putting special emphasis on those sectors underrepresented inside and outside the institution always showing documented processes non-discriminatory, transparent and coherent. We are aware of the problems some sectors of society are facing, this is why we are active on social projects from our surrounding community and internationalisation will become part of them, as well, by increasing our cooperation projects on social matters.
We want to improve our students and staff competitiveness in the European labour market, making them better professional and with more social and intercultural skills. The institution has always promoted civic engagement, which will be also done thanks to our participation in the Programme so to increase it. This is why we will do our best to make public all information related to the Erasmus+ Program and in which programmes they will be able to get involved. We are convinced that a regular education for teachers will improve our quality standards which will offer students relevant skills.
Continuing being part of the Erasmus+ Programme, we will focus on providing our students and staff the opportunity to improve their competences and skills with special attention to those that bring them closer to the labour market, and towards social cohesion embracing European Union’s Charter of Fundamental Rights; increase the values of entrepreneurship, self-employment and self-esteem; improve language skills, and increase their intercultural awareness by promoting participation in European society, thus promoting the EU’s own values.
Student and staff mobility will allow us to meet and share experiences with educational, social and professional institutions that will favour modernization and internationalization of our education and institution, and the search for a common European framework of skills and values to face the new reality that lies ahead and so we will be able to share and develop knowledge of pedagogical advances in the education sector at a European level in order to achieve key competences for lifelong learning.
Being digital will be one of our cores and so we will actively promote and make use of all the proposals from the Programme in this regards, such as the European Student Card, Erasmus+ Mobile App, Erasmus Dashboard and as well as the Erasmus Students Network in order to better increase the scope of our participation in the Programme. Blended mobility will be part of our mobility projects as it will, even more, strengthen the access to the Programme and maintain the international value of mobility, but at the same time provide answers to possible family, economic and psychological difficulties and to the possible social barriers that physical mobility may generate. This way we intend to further reinforce transversal competences, eSkills for the digital era, creativity and flexibility. Moreover, we intend, thanks to the Programme, to continue to improve the use of ICTs and virtual platforms, to enable more effective and personalized learning experiences, teaching and research methods and so help build inclusive and interconnected higher education systems, without forgetting that, through the digitalisation of our institution and, thus, our participation in the Programme, we will help build inclusive and interconnected higher education systems.
To end up, all institution will be involved in the Programme and so the International Mobility Department, together with the Direction, Pedagogical and Administration departments, will work towards actively disseminating the Programme throughout the institution and community and outside them, and the outcomes and benefits gained thanks to our cooperation projects, always in a sustainable way.
Centre d’Estudis Politècnics has the commitment and the will to make its best to offer students and staff high quality agreements in order to ensure that the involved students and staff will increase their overall competences. We are a HEI located in the centre of Barcelona and so we are a welcoming place to foreign students who have emigrated to our country and want to study here, which gives us experience in dealing with students from foreign countries. We are sure that international mobility will help increase the quality of our students and staff and so we will make sure to encourage students and staff to explain their experience to future students and other staff.
The selection of the HEIs will be based on the educational options offered which may be complementary to the ones offered by Politècnics. We will consult all lists provided by government agencies (both local and foreign) and will also address to city councils and associations. We will personally contact the HEI to talk to its Head of Studies (or equivalent) in order to make sure that its educational curricula matches ours and our students are offered all the necessary knowledge they will need to perform their jobs when completing their studies.
In the case of traineeships, we will choose the companies which offer the best commercial activities which are as related as possible to our degrees. We will ask local and international chambers of commerce; we will contact the local companies, where our local students perform their traineeships, which have branches abroad as we are located in Barcelona, an international trade area which is home to multinational companies. Furthermore, we will create a user in online platforms such as eTwinning and we will also use any contacts our staff may have abroad.
We will mainly select English or French speaking countries as these are the main foreign languages used in our studies. Nevertheless, other countries (programme or partner ones) will also be taken into account if they offer agreements which adapt to our needs and expectations. In that case, the working language should also be English of French and special language training will be offered to both students and staff in order for them to be able to find a linguistic solution to everyday problems.
Politècnics will promote mobility programmes between students and staff involved in Vocational Education and Training courses. For further details about our course catalogue, please click here.
The objectives of our mobility activities will focus on increasing our students’ level of foreign languages as well as offering them the opportunity to gain experience in foreign and international companies in the fields of financing; logistics; marketing; sales; tourism, telecommunications and IT. We are convinced that mobility agreements will help our students and Politècnics improve the quality and relevance of our higher education and will offer students (mainly) and staff future career opportunities.
Politècnics is committed to tracking and regularly evaluates the process, annually or at least twice during the period 2014-2020 in order to ensure all agreements offer the best opportunities both students and staff and HEIs and companies. When necessary, Politècnics will make any corrective measures necessary to adapt as much as possible the strategy and agreements to students, staff, HEIs and companies.
Our institution’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme. Politècnics’ main aim is to get involved in traineeships programmes, although we will consider our participation in future study programmes for students and mobility for staff as well as in international cooperation projects with the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme.
In a future and with the accumulation of experience in international mobility, it may be an aim for Politècnics to involve students and staff in cooperation projects within the framework of the Erasmus+ Programme, which would for sure prepare and train students get involved with citizens gaining knowledge in an interdisciplinary and multicultural environment through cooperating with governments and NGOs, for example.
Regarding cooperation projects, participation is generically carried out through the Regional Ministry of Education, which makes every effort to provide with all necessary means to participate in cooperation projects. Politècnics is committed to giving talks in order to explain which projects will be available and all the procedure to be followed and so make public all related information.
Politècnics has a real commitment to international mobility programmes and so we do believe these programs are a key factor to modernize and internationalize our HEI program so that our students will be able to gain competitiveness in today’s European market. Encouraging international knowledge and partnerships will for sure increase attainment levels, as well as link higher education, research and business. This will for sure improve governance and funding, as well.
International traineeships are really important to achieve a good command of foreign languages as well as to improve the quality and relevance of higher education. This is why we expect a high participation of the students enrolled in our courses in order for them to be more competitive in the European market, as previously stated. It is our aim to encourage all students and staff (with the accumulation of experience in international mobility) to take part in the Programme, as they will be offered really pertinent education and labour opportunities which will also allow them increase their knowledge in their respective fields.
We are sure that if we encourage and take students (and staff) feedback into account, we will be able to detect problems in the teaching and learning methods we may be using and so make more effective improvements and thus offer a better quality education to local and incoming students through exploiting the opportunities offered by new technologies, for example.
We will participate in traineeships programmes and will promote staff mobility. This is why we will do our best to make public all information related to the Erasmus+ Program and in which programmes they will be able to get involved. We are convinced that a regular education for teachers will improve our quality standards by drawing new methods of teaching and learning which will offer students relevant skills to improve students’ employability.
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