The ERASMUS+ programme aims to improve the quality of teaching and to give it the European dimension by encouraging universities throughout Europe to establish links with one another for the period 2014-2020.
The main aim of the ERASMUS+ programme is to create an Open European Area of Education and Training, where students and teachers can move without obstacles.
The main principle of the programme is to facilitate education. Students are given the opportunity to undertake a fully-recognized period of study at the partner university following the Learning Agreement which is a formally accepted programme of study to be taken approved by the Programme Coordinator.
Within the ERASMUS+ programme, the MUW has developed links with 114 European universities and has well-established student and lecturer exchanges. The programme also involves the introduction of the European Credit Transfer System.
ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT 2014/2020
MUW aims at being a truly international institution and believes that medical education should have an international dimension, based on its high quality and supported by the scientific experience shared by higher education and research institutions all over the world. Participation in the Erasmus Programme is a significant part of the MUW startegy of internationalisation and modernisation, which acknowledges the key contribution of mobile staff and students, and of participation in European and international cooperation projects, to the quality of its education programmes and student experience. For many years MUW develops mutual cooperation with EU and non-EU countries from Europe, USA, Canada and Japan. Our strategic partnership concerns EU and non-EU countries, capacity building with neighbouring and Third countries. MUW has managed to establish successful cooperation with 106 European Universities from 24 countries within the Erasmus+ Programme since 1998. The University participates in many cooperation projects and Erasmus Thematic Networks, which address educational, institutional and quality issues. MUW is going to maintain existing active inter-institutional agreements and conclude new ones, both with the EU and non-EU countries in the field of students and staff mobility and training, international cooperation projects and networks. The significant elements of university internationalisation strategy are: student mobility and traineeships, staff teaching and training mobility, participation in cooperation projects and networks as coordinator and partner. MUW respects the principles of non-discrimination set out in the Programme and ensure equal access and opportunities to mobile participants from all backgrounds. International students coming to the University are welcome to participate in all student activities irrespective of their race, ethnic origin, religion, sex, social class or political beliefs. The University recognizes the importance of preventing any form of discrimination, and the University authorities encourage representation of all groups throughout the University. The University ensures equal opportunities for both women and men, the Student Support System offers financial assistance for the disabled students. The Medical University of Warsaw makes every effort to ensure high quality of mobility activities and observes the principles of Erasmus mobility. Every student is provided with signed and accepted Learning Agreement before beginning the mobility. Full academic recognition is given to students for satisfactory completed activities during their mobility period. The implementation of ECTS at the University faculties has proven to be an excellent tool enabling recognition of studies. ECTS is applied and used to facilitate academic recognition of Erasmus studies. The University delivers Diploma Supplement to all its graduates. The curriculum information is up to date and easily accessible on the web page of the University to assure its transparency. Equal academic treatment is ensured to home and incoming Erasmus students. The exchange students at our University can count on finding their representatives in the Student’s Union and on being provided with their advice and help in integrating into the University life. Erasmus students have student tutors from the very beginning of their arrival to Warsaw. The ESN at our University provides support in the mobility activities and students integration. The University provides places in its dormitories, where Polish and foreign exchange students can find accommodation. Transcripts of Records are provided timely to incoming Erasmus students. The University understands the importance of foreign language teaching and developing the students’ language skills, which enables their participation in the Erasmus exchange. Furthermore, the Language Centre offers courses of Polish for foreign students. The University offers medical studies in English which encourages mobility and rises the level of its internationalization. The most important objectives of the university mobility activities, both students and staff include: MUW contribution to the European Higher Education Area, ensuring high quality of teaching, development of study programmes with the possibility of joint degrees, providing internationally educated graduates and researchers, assuring high quality of teaching. MUW recognizes the importance of the advantages and results achieved from the participation in the mobility and cooperation projects, and will continue to support these activties financially and by providing full assistance of the administrative staff in the framework of the programme. MUW authorities understand the essential role of mobility in the creation of strong EHEA and would contribute to the achievement of its principal goals by promoting and increasing mobility, improving the quality of its organization and assuring the highest quality of traineeships.
To assure appropriate organization of the cooperation projects in teaching and training the University has established the Office for Projects which administrates most of them. MUW provides relevant support to staff and students participating in these projects. Admistration staff supports in the organisation of the projects and assists the researches in applying for the projects, financial management to make the projects successful and leading to acquired results and outcomes. Participation in those projects is integrated in the MUW 's modernisation and internationalisation startegy and analysed on specific needs of the University. The implementation of the results is connected with the institution's development. Besides the overcomes have impact on the participating individuals, who rise their qualifications, develop their research and scientific work by implementing the results in the education programmes, introducing innovative medicine in the Chairs and Departments of the University, educating highly expertsised staff, well trained graduates with required learning outcomes, qualifications and competences, and creating better doctors who are treating patients on the highest international level.
MUW recognizes high impact of the participation in the Programme on the modernisation of our University in terms of the following objectives we intend to receive:
* Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers needed in Poland and Europe (improved programmes and educational outcomes,well-educated doctors, nurses and other medical professionalists available to work in Poland and abroad);
* Improving the quality and relevance of higher education (flexible, innovative learning approaches and teaching methods, improved learning experiences, high quality doctoral and researchers training, compatible and motivated teachers and scientists, curricula adapted to the needs of home and European labour market, better recognition and reward of teaching and research excellence);
* Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border co-operation (increased professional, social and intercultural skills and employability of MUW graduates, increased number of students completing studies or traineeships abroad, increased number of academic staff teaching abroad, researchers taking part in cooperation projects and administrative staff taking part in job shadowing and trainings, intensification of exchanges and cooperation with partner institutions, developed new forms of cross-border cooperation, increased competivnes and attractiveness of the University on the international arena, thanks to ECTS implemented at MUW and ensured recognition of studies abroad, the MUW students are encouraged to study and participate in traineeships abroad, which definately increases their attractivness on the labour market both in Poland and Europe)
* Making the knowledge triangle work: Linking higher education, research and business for excellence
and regional development (more interactive learning environments and strengthened knowledge-
transfer infrastructure,strengthened knowledge-transfer infrastructure and capacity of MUW,
becoming a centre of knowledge, expertise and learning,which may drive economic development)
* Improving governance and funding (establishing more flexible governance and funding system which balance greater autonomy for MUW with accountability to all stakeholders, promoting educational and
research performance and fostering diversification within other higher education systems, modernised human resource management of the University.
MUW expects also an impact of its participation in the Programme on increased mobility opportunities for students and education teachers and staff witch will influence better students' achievements and high professional development of teachers and staff, which in consequence will influence the attractivnes of the University and its competivenes on the international market.