The Internationalization Strategy for the University

The Internationalization Strategy refers directly to its EU Mission in Wroclaw and to its Vision of Development:

To be a leading centre of creative thought and economic education in our region of Europe (Mission)
The EU shall be a modern unit of education and research, an advisory and opinion-making unit permanently embedded in the regional, national and international area, undertaking activities leading to sustainable development in the sense of social and ethical responsibility, friendly to the staff, students and graduates, and open to all its surroundings (Vision of Development)
The Internationalization Strategy refers to the first (Strengthening of the University’s academic position) and second (Constant improvement of the quality of education while providing favorable conditions for the education of people with outstanding talents) strategic direction of the University’s development.
In terms of strategic direction of development, Strengthening of the University’s academic position, The internationalization strategy directly relates to the following strategic objectives:

  • (4) increasing international activity in the field of scientific research, in particular with regard to increased participation in European research programs and projects;
  • (5) expansion of international cooperation in the field of the exchange of academic staff;
  • (6) promoting international activities and achievements of employees.
In terms of strategic direction, Constant improvement of the quality of education while providing favorable conditions for the education of people with outstanding talents, The internationalization strategy is directly related to the following strategic objectives:

  • Development of a broad and comprehensive education in English at all levels and forms of education and for various types of studies;
  • Intensification of international student exchanges within international programs and bilateral agreements.
The Internationalization Strategy also refers to one of the strategic goals within the strategic direction of development, The development of various forms of cooperation with the social and economic environmentnamely: Obtaining international institutional accreditation.

OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF DEVELOPMENT STRENGTHENING OF THE UNIVERSITY’S ACADEMIC POSITION

  • Creating incentives (bonuses) for the organization of international cooperation at the level of departments and institutes;
  • Granting annual prizes / awards from the Rector for activities towards strengthening the university’s position in the international arena;
  • Obtaining international accreditation (both programmatic and institutional), especially including the AACSB (The Association to Advanced Collegiate Schools of Business) and AMBA (Association of MBAs);
  • Constant increase of the number of foreign professors, with their inclusion in the implementation of projects and research programs undertaken by the university;
  • Integration of foreign professors with the university’s academic community (e.g. "open lectures", participation in department seminars, etc.);
  • Gradual increase of the share of Englishlanguage texts in journals published by the university - up to 100% in some of the titles – combined with actions to increase their impact factor in the international arena; especially Argumenta Oeconomica;
  • Cooperation with foreign publishers (patronage, business contracts, etc.);
  • Arranging a system of internships at foreign research centres for young employees;
  • Intensification of scientific cooperation (joint conferences, projects, etc.) with strategic international partners; (a need to define a suitable list);
  • Cooperation with regional and national stakeholders on strengthening the scientific institutions internationally (KRUWOCZ - The Commission for the Promotion of University of Wroclaw, KRUE, the Foreign Commission KRASP, Wrocław Academic Hub, etc.)
  • Expanding the scope of scientific cooperation with "non-university" research centres abroad (research institutes, scientific foundations, international institutions - especially the UN agendas and programs, etc.);
  • Constant increase of the participation of foreign partners (persons, institutions) in research projects under the national (particularly the National Science Centre, National Centre for Research and Development and the Foundation for Polish Science) and the EU system for the promotion of research;
  • Continuous improvement of the Englishlanguage website, substantial expansion and improvement of the Russian and Ukrainian site, and the creation of a Chinese website.

OPERATIONAL ACTIVITIES IN THE FIELD OF STRATEGIC DIRECTION OF DEVELOPMENT OF CONSTANT IMPROVEMENT OF THE QUALITY OF EDUCATION

  • Development of new rules for the LLP Erasmus program (from 2014);
  • Creation of a system for continuous improvement of the level of a linguistic range of courses conducted in English and other languages (both Erasmus and the Englishlanguage programs);
  • Significant extension of the scope of the EDPinEFM, especially its expansion into Eastern Europe;
  • Introduction of studies in English with foreign partners;
  • Expanding the mobility of students within bilateral agreements (especially in cooperation with German, Russian and Ukrainian universities);
  • Actions in favour of the "system of two degrees" with selected foreign universities;
  • Constant improvement of the administration and household service for foreign students;
  • Increasing the internationalization of Management Studies, MBA (existing as well as planned for the start of International Business);
  • Attracting international accreditation (substantive) for selected courses;
  • Introduction (based on European funds) of the system of internships for assistant professors (based on the principle of their incorporation into our range of courses, foreign exchanges and program content).

PROJECTS FOR CONTINUOUS IMPROVEMENT AND MONITORING (CONTROL) OF OPERATIONAL TASKS

  • Development and continuous improvement of the collection and dissemination of information on international cooperation in the field of science (homepage of the University, creation of a uniform system of "post-travel reports" – including back-to-office, newsletter reports);
  • Continuous improvement of the system of information on international cooperation in the  area of teaching (Newsletter for foreign students, leaflets about the offer in foreign languages, etc.);
  • Creating a system of evaluation and monitoring of the effects of internationalization in two areas:
    o Science (in two systems: research and teaching staff, department staff)
    o Teaching;
  • Establishment of the Commission for International Accreditation (within the AACSB and AMBA);
  • Continuous improvement of the organization and operation of the Office of International Cooperation, and creation of a central service point for international students in the International Relations Office.
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