Erasmus Policy Strategy
1. Description of our international strategy
The international strategy in our higher education institution (HEI) is based on the principles detailed in its two main documents: ‘Strategic Plan’ and ‘Mission, views and values’. Moreover, two documents in which the annual objectives are described are written every year, including also the international strategy for that specific year. Those are the ‘Functional Plan’ and the ‘General Annual Programme’. At the end of each academic year, a report is written to check and revise the attainment of the objectives.
Our objectives for international matters are always related to the fields of Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Systems Installation.
a) Organize the participation of high vocational training students in the Erasmus and Da Vinci programmes for their training in work centres (work placement) in different European countries
b) Facilitate and make possible the student mobility in the European Union
c) Give impulse to the participation of teachers in innovative projects and to the collaboration with companies of the field in the international sphere.
d) Facilitate and make possible the stay of teachers abroad.
e) Give to students and teachers the counseling and documentation prepared by the service of European Programmes from the Department of Education of the Government of Navarra.
f) Give impulse to the participation of students and teachers in programmes and cooperation agreements in the international sphere for the development of projects on Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Systems Installation.
g) Maintain and renew the European Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) to go on developing different European programmes.
An important objective is that the students of higher vocational training do training in work centres (work placements) in companies situated in different European countries. We aim to encourage the participation of our students in these programmes and to host students from other countries in local companies that usually collaborate with our HEI. The companies are devoted to the fields of Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Systems Installation. These work placements, in case of being framed within an Erasmus programme, have academic value. The most visited countries by our students are Italy, Germany and Great Britain. We have mainly received students from Germany. The work placements last for about three months.
Another important objective is the participation of teachers of higher vocational training in international mobility programmes. Our teachers have a wide experience in the fields of Renewable Energies, Energy Efficiency and Thermal Systems Installation. Our school counts on the presence of many installations with educational purposes, and a wide infrastructure for those. As a consequence we have collaborated with Educational centres from countries as Malta, Chile, Cuba, Benin, Germany, Turkey, Belgium, Denmark, Bulgaria, Great Britain, Sweden and Norway, among others.
The main international projects in which we have collaborated have the objective of transferring knowledge, educational programmes and innovation project results to higher educational institutions of the aforementioned countries. We can emphasize our collaboration with the Foundation for the Education in Renewable Energies, a dependent organization of the Government of Navarra. We have participated or collaborated in various international projects about which we inform in our website www.cenifer.com
Our HEI is a reference model in the field of renewable energies. The first contact with our cooperators is usually produced on their behalf. Many times they are educational centres interested in increasing their educational offer with similar degrees to those that we have been offering for years. The high school has more than ten years of experience in this. Our associates have also wide experience in the field and we can share many.
In order to organize the reception and welcoming of students or teachers coming from other European countries so that they do their work placements in companies of our region, we count on a wide array of companies in collaboration with our school. From here we arrange and negotiate with the companies, the placements in these, lodgings, travels, visits to interesting installations and to our own higher education institution as well as other issues related to their stay.
When we receive foreign European students or teachers, we pick them up in the airport and take them to their previously agreed lodgings. On the first day, we introduce them to the company, previously selected by us, where they will be doing their placement. In order to make linguistic interaction, student or teacher relations and society integration easier, we incorporate the visiting students or teachers in the classes and workshops of the school. We are ready to facilitate them all the necessary support, such as Spanish classes.
In the event of a European project with the participation of various different educational centres, the organization includes, among others, the following strategies:
a) Elaboration of documents about methodology, didactic materials and didactic units.
b) Collection of didactic material. Translations.
c) Elaboration of models
d) Elaboration of documents about the educational necessities of teachers and students.
e) Teacher training courses.
f) Courses for students
g) Competences analysis
h) Good-practices manuals
i) Meetings of the associates
When we organize meetings of a European associate in our school we organize everything necessary. We are provided with the counseling of the Department of internationalization of the Government of Navarra
3. Expected effects
The effects we expect from our participation on the Erasmus programme are:
a) To help to solve the problem of youth unemployment, widening working opportunities and the possibilities of relation among young higher vocational training graduates.
b) To increase the qualification of our students of higher vocational training in order to carry out their job in different situations and countries in Europe.
c) To adequate the higher education to the necessities of European companies, in order to improve quality in applied education.
d) To transfer knowledge, technical, skills, and formative programmes among schools of the field of renewable energies, energy efficiency and thermal systems installation situated in different countries in Europe.
e) To contribute to the building of a Europe where mobility of vocational training graduates is indeed favoured.
f) Improve the funding and budget of the higher education institutions that provide higher education.