International policy statement
Business School PAR is dedicated to becoming a dynamic provider of premium education and research in the region by preparing its students and staff to challenge for careers in the global arena. For this reason, our curriculum has been designed to include a strong international dimension and place special emphasis on student and staff mobility.
The close adherence to the European Modernisation of the HEI and the Bologna objectives has resulted in the adoption of the International Cooperation and Mobility Strategy as well as the opening of the International Office whose mission is to make internationalisation the key component that permeates all aspects of the learning, teaching and research experience at Business School PAR.
To fulfill the objectives set out in the International Strategy, four key areas have been identified to serve as drivers of internationalisation at BS PAR: 1) Development of international curricula and inclusion of mobility components; 2) Attraction of international student body and academic staff; 3) Expansion of triangular relationships between business, education and research; and 4) Establishment of strategic partnerships and HEI networks for deeper involvement in international cooperation.
Consistent with progressive globalisation, Business School PAR aims to develop relationships based on the following criteria:
A) Quality of study programmes, based on the twin principles of compatibility and complementarity, is the main condition when selecting foreign partners. The right choice of relevant HEI partner facilitates mobility and long-term, in-depth cooperation. BS PAR goal is to identify strategic partnerships that enable and intensify synergy between business and education with an added international dimension.
B) Due to the strategic location of BS PAR on the crossroads of Central and Eastern Europe, and due to economic cohesion both with the EU as well as with former traditional partners in Croatia’s surrounding, the focus of international cooperation has included Germany, Slovenia, Serbia, Macedonia, Turkey, the Russian Federation and Kosovo. In the United States, Business School PAR has forged a strong relationship with Lehigh University and Iacocca Institute who have jointly participated in the organisation of an international scientific and professional conference on a yearly basis. Regular staff and student mobility exists with these institutions with the aim of expanding the base and including regional partners in the exchange.
C) The removal of obstacles to effective exercise of mobility with regards to study conditions, quality assurance, accreditation practices, recognition procedures and funding will greatly intensify the exchange of mobile participants and ideas in both directions. The primary target is to increase vertical mobility and include second-cycle students in exchanges and triangular activities. The secondary target is to expand the geographical scope and focus on finding new partners in the EU, as well as South and Eastern Europe. New partnerships, primarily in Asia, South America and Africa will be considered as a tertirary target in order to strengthen cooperation with non-European institutions, bring cultural diversity closer to home, and increase the global visibility of BS PAR.
The plan to create joint semesters or short mobility windows has been outlined in a number of bilateral agreements signed with foreign HEIs that and will be used as platforms for initiating double degree programmes that will additionally enhance cross-border cooperation and regional development.
It is important to note that BS PAR is an equal opportunity HEI and does not discriminate on the basis of religion, gender, national origin, ethnic background, physical disability or sexual orientation with regard to either students or staff.