Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS)
a) Teaching at ISPAB, being a private institute is based on high quality standards. Therefore, all mobility activities are also linked with research and teaching collaboration. Decisions on degree programmes specific agreements are taken on
Department level since the Departments possess the best academic knowledge on most active research links and similar research and teaching profiles in their specific fields, thus giving the Departments the opportunity to use their own networks and ensure about the quality of their partners. University level partners are chosen to correspond to ISPAB's profile and fulfill the needs of students and staff. ISPAB’s profile accentuates research and teaching on marketing and management, where the Departments have defined their own research strengths.
Special attention is paid to the quality of teaching and research at partner institutions as well as their offer of teaching in foreign languages. Successful partnerships are based on reciprocity, balance of mobility and mutual interest. Ideally, longterm partnerships are implemented in terms of mobility as well as in research and teaching collaboration, covering the first two cycles.
b) Geographical and linguistic coverage is taken into account when selecting partner institutions. ISPAB has not defined any geographical priorities for partnerships. However, emphasis on past collaboration has been on European countries as well as on the leading science country like United States, Europe and Middle East. A strong European emphasis prevails; European mobility still accounts for majority of all ISPAB's mobility fluxes.
According to its internationalization strategy, ISPAB has the intention of establishing a sponsorship scheme for a higher education institution located in a developing country. The capacity of building actions in the Programme are used to support the university sponsorship.
c) ISPAB’s objective is to increase the mobility of professors as well as the mobility of students in all cycles offered. The target ratio of mobile students is at 10 per cent compared to the cohort of the annual intake of new students in first cycle. As for teaching staff mobility, it is expected to double during the Programme period. Mobility Actions to Third Countries, the new activities in the Programme, offer further potential for ISPAB to meet the increased student and staff mobility targets.
An internationalization module was introduced in ISPAB’s new degree programmes as of 2012, in order to increase the visibility of international competence gained through studies and to encourage students to complete a mobility period. Attention is paid increasingly to the quality aspect of the mobility, in comparison to the quantity. For instance, the planning of the mobility period will be more systematic when an electronic Personal Study Plan tool, including an electronic Learning Agreement, is taken into usage in the coming academic year.
ISPAB wants to participate actively in the development of joint and double degrees. Currently, one international Master’s degree programmes are being prepared in collaboration with European (Germany and Austrian) and international partner institutions (Syrian and Jordan), under a TEMPUS IV project (MAPEC project). In this programme, the degree awarded are either joint or double degrees. In addition, an international Master’s degree programme is conducted jointly with national partner institutions, leading to a degree awarded by one of the partners.
Joint programmes are regarded as a means to deepen and intensify existing collaboration to a next level, which is both welcomed and encouraged within ISPAB. Joint European Master courses are also a means to raise the attractiveness of Portuguese and European higher education among third countries and to provide Portugal and Europe with highly qualified labour force. The funding available in the Programme for Joint Master Degrees is taken into account when developing joint programmes.
Organization and implementation of international cooperation projects
ISPAB’s objective is to utilize current non-EU inter-institutional partnerships both in Key Activity 1 and in Key Activity 2.
Simultaneously, EU partnerships are further strengthened in the same key activities, the focus being in the quality of mobility and accessibility of mobility for all learners and staff. Long-term plans are drafted with regard to particular country slots, in order to be able to apply for cooperation projects implemented under the Programme.
The establishment of the current organization to promote internationalization within the Institute enhances possibilities for networking and good practices across ISPAB’s Departments. The Centre facilitates and coordinates planning, drafting and submitting applications for international projects in teaching and training. ISPAB’s Research Services offer services related to research funding but also support the project management and reporting of teaching and training related projects.
Participating in international cooperation projects serve the purpose of global responsibility and provides tools for quality assurance and better leadership. When developing strategic partnerships with a maximum of three carefully selected partner institutions, ISPAB will engage in Strategic Partnership Projects funded by the Programme, which will be able to target e.g. the following areas highlighted in ISPAB’s current strategy.
When renewing the curricula of the degree programmes, their quality and labour market relevance are reviewed based on feedback and surveys conducted among students and the current labour market needs.
In 2013, ISPAB introduced new competency-based degree programmes, with definitions of learning outcomes for each course unit, study module and degree, thus fostering the employability of graduates. Furthermore, ISPAB’s strategy stresses the importance of pedagogical skills when recruiting, advancing and remunerating teaching personnel. All of these are topics for potential projects.
Policy objectives regarding Modernization Agenda
ISPAB is a portuguese provider of high level education in the fields of management, marketing, public relations and engineering. In line with its strategic priorities, ISPAB educates internationally competent experts with labour market relevant transferable skills. The Programme consists of an excellent range of activities for learning mobility of individuals, which provides ISPAB with ample opportunities to internationalize its students and staff towards the above-mentioned objective. ISPAB embraces new activities in the Programme concerning third countries, raising the potential for growth in mobility. Recently, ISPAB carried out substantial curricular reforms and re-structured all degree programmes, according to the principles of the Bologna process. In the framework of the Programme, ISPAB strives to improve the curriculum development further, in terms of structures, systems and content, in cooperation with its EU and non-EU partners.
Developing innovative and flexible learning environments is a particular area of interest for project collaboration, with the aim of enabling different groups of learners to proceed in their studies in adaptable manner.
ISPAB’s strategy underlines the quality of teaching, which is ensured by offering academic staff members opportunities for professional development and training abroad. Several measures, e.g. tenure tracks, university pedagogical training, best teacher award, are currently used and could be further improved in international collaboration, in order to strengthen the competence and motivation of academic staff. To enhance the recruitment and working conditions of professors, ISPAB commits itself to creating an open, sustainable and attractive environment for professors and transparent recruitment and appraisal procedures, by applying for a Quality Excellence logo in near future.
Many of the focal points for development mentioned above are best realized through Strategic Partnerships. Furthermore, joint/double degree programmes conducted with strategic partners serve as a platform for intensive and innovative collaboration and development.
Competency-based curricula, work placements, mentoring programmes and career counseling are tools that ISPAB deploys to improve the employability of its graduates. International graduates are regarded as valuable labour force by North region in Portugal. ISPAB collaborates closely with other local and regional actors, e.g. Local and governmental organizations, industrial associations as well as local and regional enterprises. ISPAB’s objective is to apply for funding to establish a Knowledge Alliance with regional stake-holders to promote the higher education – business cooperation and the knowledge transfer infrastructure as well as to create regional hubs of excellence.
These aims target the strategic goal of diversifying ISPAB’s funding base.
Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS)