Erasmus+ 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.
BS PAR is actively seeking international projects based on cooperation in education that will lead to sustainable outcomes and balanced involvement of all partners. Two such projects administered by BS PAR and Lehigh University are already underway; the first one is offering short mobility windows to student athletes from the US, whereas the other one is placing American students in Croatian traineeships during the summer. Such activities are expected to result in increased international, intercultural and multilingual competencies for the mobile participants and will facilitate a more efficient cooperation between the HEIs in the future. With the intention of continuous monitoring and controlling of on-going project progress, BS PAR has also implemented a project and budget control system.
At the moment Business School PAR is engaged in a number of KA1 and KA2 Erasmus+ activities, it is nevertheless keen to expand its participation in such programmes in the near future as they align with our long-term strategic priorities. Keeping the competitive advantage intact cannot be done without proper linking of innovative solutions to the knowledge triangle; therefore, participation in teaching, training and job-shadowing in relation to projects implemented under the Programme is of the utmost importance. The ambition of BS PAR is to identify new funding opportunities that would expand the number of capacity building projects and result in a contextualised international dimension with increased student and staff participation rates.
A future opportunity to provide education for a second cycle of professional study would significantly consolidate and raise the benefits of international cooperation and will reduce BS PAR’s reliability on lifelong learning programmes outside of the binary educational system.
As a small, yet fast-developing HEI, Business School PAR aims to enhance its competitiveness by assuming an active role in developing a strong international profile while fully aligning itself with the priorities of the EU Modernisation Agenda. The International Cooperation and Mobility Strategy adopted by BS PAR makes participation in the Erasmus+ Programme paramount to achieving its policy objectives, by addressing each priority as follows:
- In order to increase attainment levels, BS PAR will offer quality study and traineeships both locally and abroad so as to provide its students with every possible opportunity to enrich their human capital. Moreover, BS PAR will contribute to attracting a broader cross-section of society, including disadvantaged and underrepresented groups, into higher education by offering new first cycle study curricula and creating specialist professional graduate study curricula as well as developing joint degrees under the Programme, all tailored to fulfill the changing labor market needs.
- In order to improve quality and relevance of higher education, exposure to international curricula and researcher training will empower students and staff to develop their competencies for a rapid inclusion in the labor market. Mobility participation will not only increase employability, it will also facilitate the transfer of new teaching, learning and research methods, such as distance, part-time and e-learning platforms, as well as online teaching, all of which will have a subsequent impact on career progression.
- In order to promote mobility and cross-border cooperation, BS PAR is dedicated to deeper involvement in international education through efficient recognition of study results, implementation and harmonisation of ECTS and DS principles, continuous improvement of mobility administration and linking qualifications to the European Qualifications Framework.
- In order to link higher education, research and business, BS PAR strives to strengthen its “knowledge triangle” by maintaining a close connection to business and industry through research and education. The PAR Student Incubator is already forging partnerships with the private sector as it will continue to serve as a springboard for developing innovative ideas and entrepreneurial skills. The synergies arising from these strategic partnerships will ensure efficient knowledge transfer and encourage the creation of a regional center for excellence where both study and research results can be applied to find pertinent solutions to real-world problems.
- In order to improve governance and funding, BS PAR is constantly identifying possibilities for both private and public funds from new or diversified sources. Being a privately-funded HEI, it continuously monitors the real costs of education and research and aims to develop a methodology that will implement spending targets and allocate funding in the most efficient and effective manner possible.