Carta ERASMUS per l'Istruzione Superiore 2014 - 2020

 

ERASMUS CHARTER

 

Foundation * Higher Technical Education Institute“Steve Jobs”* Caltagirone, Italy

 

 

International policy statement

The Foundation /Higher Technical Education Institute“Steve Jobs” intends to adopt the following international policy strategy in order to promote active participation in

  1. Outgoing and incoming mobility of students,teachers and staff in general
  2. International cooperation to share best practices in Higher Education context

In order to satisfy the needs of the Institute in terms of improvement of competences of students and of professional development of staff, this international policy strategy focuses on two priorities of the Agenda of modernization: II “Improving quality and relevance” in particular graduate employability,exploiting potential of ICTs, motivating and rewarding excellence, and matching programme to labour markets needs; III “Mobility and international cooperation for quality” in particular recognition of studies and traineeships abroad, improving access and employment conditions.

This strategy first aims at enhancing visibility by creating an English version of the institutional website, and a social network profile of the institution. Among priorities the institution includes to improve English competences for students, teachers and staff through innovative channels and tools like Skype contacts, learning platforms, and forums.Then to build up consistent relationships and protocol agreements with similar European Institutions in Higher Technical Education context, to create networks and increase benefits deriving from international mobility and cooperation.

The Institute aims at developing an internationalization process by identifying firms, companies, organizationsin Europe where traineeships may take place to foster the integration between education, training contexts and labour market. It intends to support exchanges and transnational traineeships for students, to invite European teachers and professionals for specific workshops and seminars, in order to share learning/teaching experiences and best practices.

The institute has a proven expertise in organizing traineeships for students in national companies and firms and has just signed a protocol agreement with ASSINTEL (association of ICT companies) in order to improve the quality of traineeships.

As for the geographical areas of interest where partners could be found, they are several and unlimited in order to find as many affinities as possible with other similar institutions: Spain, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Portugal, Sweden, Malta, Cyprus, etc.

 

General aims

To promote high quality and innovation in Higher Education widening the range of mobility opportunities for students, teachers and staff and improving the level of training and professional experiences.

To foster the acquisition of transversal skills (foreign language,technical and technological innovations, ITC tools, entrepreneurship) to enhance empowerment and employability of students.

To acquire high quality in teaching,training and professional competencesand experiences for staff in general (teachers, headteachers, tutors and administrative staff).

To share teaching methods and tools in a European dimension

To achieve these aims the institute is committed to starting up

International mobility activities for students (8Y10 people a year) consisting of workshops, teaching modules, seminars and traineeships in the field of web applications, app development, data analysis, digital games, social media marketing, etc.)

International mobility activities for teachers and staff (4Y5 people a year) to share and monitor professional (teaching or organizational) competences and performances.

At first mobilities for students will be of two months (for traineeship) and three months (for study), mobilities for the staff will range from 5 to 15 days. After building up a solid partnership, the number of mobilities for students may increase as for time duration, later reaching 6 months.

 

Partners

The Institute intends to choose partners by identifying organizations and institutions operating in Higher Technical/Technological Education which are more responsive to labour market requirements and entrepreneurial context demands and offering guarantees in terms of a high rate of employability in ITC and Communication context. For example, as far as we know, in France (STS) and in Germany (FACHUSCHULE) or in Sweden (AVETY ADVANCED VOCATIONAL EDUCATIONAL TRAINING) there are higher education institutions providing higher technical training. Arrangements for a collaboration and a future learning agreement are underway with the Information and Communication Technology department of MCAST in Malta which has already received the ECHE award. This collaboration will lead to a wider range of opportunities of workshops, seminars and traineeships for (outgoing and incoming) students and to an enriching sharing of best practices for teachers and staff in general.

 

Short*term actions

Get international visibility through an English version of the course catalogue in the institutional website and the social network profile

Organize the procedure of selection of students and staff according to open, transparent and correct criteria based on merit, proficiency level required in English, motivation, and in case of joint winner candidates, on social disadvantage

Enhance English competence through the implementation of learning platform and online linguistic support in order to improve students’ linguistic and cultural competences before mobilities

Plan all the phases of outgoing/incoming mobilities with the practical arrangements (venues, calendar, insurance, transfers and accommodation, etc.)

Plan how to transfer all the credits on the Diploma Supplement and to acknowledge the credits acquired by the staff and how to transfer them for assessment

Share and define common criteria to evaluate the expected outcomes from the individual mobilities and from the whole project Formalize international collaboration and protocol agreements with enterprises in the field of new technologies and training

 

Long*term actions

Enhance the range of traineeship opportunities abroad in ICT companies, institutions and organizations

Evaluate shortYterm impact effects (as enhancing participants’ competences and the European dimension of the institution) and longYterm ones (as incorporating the best practices in the curricular framework and disseminating them to a wider academic community)

Plan how to certify the competences acquired during the mobilities using European frameworks and tools and how to recognize credits using Europass mobility, Europass linguistic passport, CEFR, or in particular the ECTS/CFU credit recognition system based on national Ministerial decrees (for example both Italy and Malta have 1 credit awarded for 25 hours workload). The Institute has recently received a credit recognition for its students from the Mathematics and Information Technology department (I LEVEL) of University of Catania

Monitor and disseminate the benefits and outcomes in terms of employability as a feedback of training processes

Plan a dissemination campaign to provide visibility by displaying the ECHE and the EPS in the institution website, the performed mobilities and outcomes and best practices, by organizing events to divulgate Erasmus activities among regional and municipal organizations, to disseminate results achieved in the UE platform, the institutional website of Indire, and in social media profiles.

 

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