Fundamental Principles regarding the Erasmus Charter

Fundamental Principles regarding the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

 

KCA degree study courses are designed in a way that one academic year of two semesters corresponds to 60 ECTS credits, which is mostly the same in the EU HE institutions, thus facilitating recognition.

The courses are structured within modular framework, and credits are allocated to different levels of courses against a standard Bologna model of 60 ECTS credits per year .Since 2005, the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS), the three cycle system and the Diploma Supplement were introduced.

The college will carry out mobility only within the framework of prior agreements between institutions. These agreements establish the respective roles and responsibilities of the different parties, as well as their commitment to shared quality criteria in the selection, preparation, reception and integration of mobile participants.

In order to start mobility activities, KCA has been actively pursuing bilateral agreements with European higher education institutions (HEIs). Until now, KCA has signed 20 inter-institutional agreements with HEIs which are holders of Erasmus University Charter in programme countries, two with institutions in non-participating countries and two agreements with enterprises. Strengthening of international mobility will raise the general standard of education at KCA and language proficiency and intercultural competences among students and staff. It will also facilitate development and harmonization of curricula.

Furthermore, KCA considers student and staff mobility an excellent opportunity to initiate joint projects, joint degree courses and networking. The agreements identify shared quality requirements indicating the contact details of those responsible for their implementation, also criteria for the nomination of students and teaching staff, including the necessary linguistic competences.

 

When participating in mobility activities - during mobility

KCA will provide assistance related to obtaining visas, when required, for incoming and outgoing mobile participants; provide assistance related to obtaining insurance, when required, for incoming and outgoing mobile participants; ensure equal academic treatment and services for home students and staff and incoming mobile participants; integrate incoming mobile participants into the Institution’s everyday life; have in place appropriate mentoring and support arrangements for mobile participants.

The College assists in getting Erasmus mobility. Participation is ensured by providing comprehensive and quality information to students and staff. Erasmus coordinator provides help in a complicated administrative process, makes first contacts with foreign institutions and mentors, also with enterprises, providing assistance in obtaining visas and additional financial support. Outgoing students are supplied with necessary information and advices and are supervised by appointed tutors.

Monitoring is done through e-mail and phone calls, and visits by authorised staff. Incoming students are tutored by KCA staff, Erasmus coordinator and student union representatives. KCA arranges accommodation for incoming Erasmus students and teachers.

 

When participating in mobility activities - after mobility

KCA will accept all activities indicated in the learning agreement as counting towards the degree, provided these have been satisfactorily completed by the mobile students; The College will provide incoming mobile participants and their home institutions with transcripts containing a full, accurate record of their achievements at the end of their mobility period.

 

When participating in European and international cooperation projects

Placements and study periods in the framework of Erasmus are unconditionally recognised in the study curriculum. The college recognises the mobility period abroad, and all the credits earned by the mobile student during the mobility period are recognised and counted towards the final degree. KCA will support the reintegration of mobile participants and give them the opportunity, upon return, to build on their experiences for the benefit of the Institution.

KCA will ensure that staff are given recognition for their teaching and training activities undertaken during the mobility period, based on a mobility agreement. KCA actively supports staff mobility by including different measures encouraging mobility. Staff mobility is acknowledged as part of the regular workload, and is recognised as a component in any evaluation or assessment of the staff.


When participating in European and international cooperation projects

KCA will ensure that cooperation leads to sustainable and balanced outcomes for all partners, and will provide relevant support to staff and students participating in these activities. Participation in the projects will be integrated in the KCA modernisation and internationalisation strategy. The foreseen results should lead to future development of KCA international involvement and to strategic partnerships. KCA sees these projects as an important aspect of the professional staff development and of its modernisation. KCA will promote consistently all its international activities and will display the Charter and the related Erasmus Policy Statement prominently on the Institution's website.