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    Strategy, principles and goals

    UMB´s Internationalization Strategy

    Matej Bel University´s Internationalization Strategy defines the University´s intentions in the area of International Relations through the set of principles, goals, priorities and tools. In accordance with the Long- term strategy at UMB for 2015 – 2020, the University perceives Internationalization as one of the main priorities.

     

    PRINCIPLES

    Internationalization Strategy at UMB is based on:

    • the long-term intentions for the development of UMB, comprehensively perceived, including the specified area of international cooperation connected with the current process of internationalisation of European Universities;
    • the prevailing trends in the development of student mobilities at all UMB faculties, pedagogical and scientific researchers as well as non-academic staff of UMB;
    • the existing trends in the development of international cooperation of the central offices at UMB, at its faculties, specialized scientific and research units as well as at UMB as a whole;
    • the existing and forthcoming trends in the development of conditions for the university life in Slovakia, which are influenced by reform efficiency, rationality, integration and internationalization, coupled with pressure to increase flexibility, openness and viability of individual universities;
    • the development in the European Union with a dominant and developing Bologna process in the university area.

    STRATEGIC GOALS

    GOAL 1: Two-way Internationalisation

    UMB supports mobility activities (including virtual mobilities) of incoming and outgoing students, teachers and non-academic staff in all available mobility frames and grant programmes. It creates opportunities for financial resources for the realisation of mobility within the privileged inter-institutional partnerships.

    Indicators:

    • Number of foreign students enrolled in full-time studies at UMB
    • Number of foreign school leavers of UMB
    • Number of incoming and outgoing mobilities of students, teachers and non-academic staff

    GOAL 2: Transversal Internationalisation

    The presence of an international dimension in all activities including education, science and research at UMB is understood as a result of internal institutional synergy and at the same time targeted cultivation of links with privileged university partners abroad.

    Indicators:

    • Number and quality of courses offered in foreign language
    • Number and quality of study programmes in foreign language and joint study programmes realised under international co-operation
    • Number and quality of e-learning courses and activities in the spirit of an open university
    • Number of students and number of school leavers of the Phd. Partnership (cotutelle de thèse)
    • Quality of consortia of research, education and development projects with an international dimension
    • Membership in international university networks and international professional associations

    GOAL 3: Multilingual University

    UMB actively promotes a policy of diversity, multilingualism and openness to cultural dialogue.

    Indicators:

    • The quality of communication competence in foreign languages of its teachers, non-academic staff and UMB students
    • The presence of lecturers of foreign languages and cultures at UMB and outgoing Slovak UMB lectors sent abroad
    • The extent of the students´ professional traineeship realised abroad or in the collectives with international staff.

     

    The interests and activities at UMB in the area of internationalization from the territorial point of view are focused on:

    • Countries of V4, Visegrad Four;

    • European Union;

    • South and Eastern Europe;
    • Francophone territories inside and outside Europe;

    • Slovak communities living abroad established in the region of South / Central / Eastern Europe, as well as in Western Europe and overseas;

    Global partnerships in East Asia; East Africa and the Indian Ocean; in North and South America.

    INSTRUMENTS AND SUPPORT MEASURES

    To achieve the goals of internationalization, the UMB has the following tools:

    Financial instruments

    •  UMB budget (support of programs in foreign languages

    • Special scholarships

    • Postdoc scholarships

    Infrastructure tools

    • International Relations Office

    • Committee for international relations (vice-deans)

    • First contact center for international students

    • Support Center for International Projects

    • Methodical Center of UMB for Slovaks living abroad

    • French-Slovak University Institute

    • IC-Center Language School

    • Erasmus Student Network

    Internal rules

    • Directive on Erasmus+ mobilities at UMB

    • Directive on Joint Study Programmes at UMB

    • Methodical instruction for e-learning courses

    • Methodical instruction on the admission of visiting professors

    • Human Resource Strategy for Researchers

     

    The UMB currently uses decentralized management of international cooperation.

     

    Strategy, principles and goals