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University of Bielsko-Biala Erasmus+  Charter



The specific actions planned to give visibility to Erasmus activities.
In response to the Lisbon strategy of creating a common, European educational space, the University of Bielsko-Biała aims to improve the quality of courses offered, to increase the number of courses in foreign languages and in eLearning system, and to encourage students, academic staff and researchers to intensify international cooperation. We also find it important to continue the process of adapting to the local environment, consulting our common needs on the daily basis. In consequence, science the year 2000, two new educational lines have been established and the existing ones are undergoing the process of modernization. International cooperation is considered to be a crucial factor for the development of the University. Therefore, the network of international partners has been developed, the portfolio of agreements has been enlarged, and new structures and procedures have been introduced. The university plans to increase the staff and students exchange. Special attention will be given to the activities attracting incoming students and staff, as our exchange has so far been unbalanced. Consequently, we plan to increase the number of Curricula Development and Thematic Network projects, and to develop more courses fit for international environment. We also aim to increase the number of international industrial placement offered to our students, as they provide the students with an important experience in the process of Lifelong Learning. We hope that the actions listed above will help to create a multicultural environmental at the university, and will also positively influence the local milieu.
 
For a few years now, the information about the program, as well as the reports of the returning Erasmus+ students and staff members have been published on the web page; interviews on the subject of student and staff exchange are published on a regular basis in the university magazine. The meetings for the new candidates for the program are organized periodically and short presentation are given to the students before lectures. Our brochure and posters are prepared and printed on the regular basis. We plan to continue and develop this kind of activities. Additionally, we plan to give information about the European Policy and international programs and exchange to the local media. The Erasmus+ University Charter and European University Statement will be published on the University web page. In order to ensure the non-discrimination policy, the University will focus on the issue which is particularly important to us-on the enhancement of social and economics cohesion. There are commissions responsible for apportionment to the funds for the financial help for our students. There are also plans to open a new academic building, adapted to the needs of disabled students and staff members. As the University is located in a multicultural environment, no special measures have to be taken to ensure gender equality or to combat xenophobia or racism.
 
 
 
Quality of academic mobility activities.
The specific measures implemented in the institution to ensure high quality in academic mobility activities. The outgoing students go through a multi-step selection process, according to the fixed algorithm. The Departmental Coordinators are responsible for Learning Agreements and any further changes in them. Academic recognition is given to all the students who fulfill the obligations from the LA, and present the documentation required. We plan to introduce an improved formula for LA, to make the evaluation and recognition process easier. Our university has adopted the system in which 60 credits are planned for an academic year. Different courses valued differently, depending on how demanding they are. Different value is also ascribed to lectures, seminars, laboratories, or exercises. Students are given credits provided they complete the given subject as well as pass/fail marks. The official University web page offers the basic information on our curricula. Outgoing students get information and counseling from the staff and International Office (responsible for formal and administrative work) and Departmental Coordinators (responsible for academic issues). 

Our University provides accommodation for incoming students in dormitories, which is the first step in the process of their integration into the local environment. We have also introduced the "buddy-system", where Polish students help and assist their colleagues, especially during the first period of their stay. Departmental Coordinators facilitate cooperation among academic teachers and they monitor the progress of incoming students. We also organize welcome and integration trips and the Polish language course. We are planning to increase the number and quality of such activities. The outgoing students and teachers are offered the opportunity to refresh and improve their language skills as the multimedia courses for different languages are available. The staff members who are candidates for mobility exchange must be accepted by the faculty and prove their language skills and the quality of materials prepared.
 
Quality of student placement activities.
The specific measures implemented in the institution to ensure high quality in student placements. In order to ensure the high quality of student placement, the university implements different measures. The management of the project consists of two sections: a didactic and an administrative one. The former deals with recruitment, selection and certification; the letter with periodic reports (both on internal and external level), as well as administrative and financial tasks. University partners are responsible for external communication, selection of the proper partner institutions for consortium, and fitting the placement to the specific needs of both students and the company chosen. The key issue is to disseminate innovative methods of education and henceforth to enlarge the competences of the beneficiaries as well as their competitiveness on the labour market. Industrial partners are responsible for the preparations of work placements (with consideration to new technologies). They also monitor the progress of the placement and contact the University when necessary.
 
Each outgoing student has the work-program designed, with special attention given to the student's area of interests, professional plans and individual skills. Students periodically report the progress of placement to supervising representatives of both the university and company, who regularly evaluate the quality of work and help the students whenever didactic support is required. The dean recognizes the stay in a partner institution as the practical placement period required in the study program. The practical placement is followed by the report presented for evaluation to both the faculty and the industrial partner. Depending on the value and quality of report, certain study subjects can be recognized on its basis; in case of more advanced students, the report can be recognized as a part of their diploma dissertations. The students receive a certificate issued by both the enterprise and the University.
 
 
 

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14 January 2021
Webinaria "Your PhD in France"
The French Embassies in Austria, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia organize the first edition of the online event "Your PhD in France".

This event will take place from January 19th to February 3rd and will consist of a series of webinars. We will start with a general webinar to get you acquainted with the research landscape in France and the basics of doctoral studies, including funding opportunities. 4 thematic webinars will follow, on the following topics: Natural Sciences, Social Sciences, Health and Life sciences and Artificial Intelligence applied to Environment.

During these webinars, you will be able to listen to, meet and ask questions to representatives of Doctoral Schools in French universities, Campus France, Alumni and other important French stakeholders. If you want to know more about research in France, are considering enrolling in a PhD Program abroad or simply spending some time abroad for your research project, this event is for you! France is a world leader in scientific research and we will give you all the information you need to experience it!

 The programme of our first webinar, "The basics of research and doctoral studies in France", January 19th at 5pm, will include:

 • A presentation and tips on doctoral schools, enrollment, research opportunities, funding, etc. by Aude Chanson, head of the Research Unit at Campus France and Melike Riollet, International Affairs Manager at Association Bernard Gregory

• An interview of Veronika Leláková, who recently graduated in the frame of a PhD joint supervision between France and the Czech Republic

• A question and answer session

 We strongly advise you to attend this first session before joining any of the thematic webinars.

To attend the webinars, please register by filling this form (at least one day prior to the date the chosen webinars are taking place): https://bit.ly/3b5QB6h

The basics of research and doctoral studies in France: 19/01/2021 

Natural Sciences: 26/01/2021

Social Sciences: 27/01/2021

Health & Life Sciences: 02/02/2021

Artificial Intelligence applied to Environment: 03/02/2021

 

We are looking forward to e-meeting you!

Michał Zięba

Responsable de Campus France Pologne, antenne à Cracovie et France Alumni Pologne
 

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18 December 2020