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ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT (OVERALL STRATEGY)

Institución Profesional Salesiana (hereinafter IPS) is committed to providing a learning and teaching experience which includes an international dimension, and the ERASMUS program forms an integral part of this.

We need to ensure that our students are prepared for a global working environment and facilitate the development of a curriculum which reflects this. For this reason, we encourage our students to gain experience of studying and working abroad, providing opportunities for home students to study alongside students from other countries and encouraging attitudes amongst the staff that lead to an international perspective.

IPS has a long tradition of providing Vocational Training, consequently, our ERASMUS objectives focus initially on the mobility of our students to perform the traineeship period abroad. This will be a priority in order to increase the employability of our students, since the international and European dimension is becoming crucial to reactivate the Spanish economic situation. IPS aims to put in place a robust network of enterprises or organisations where students have the opportunity to perform the traineeship period.

To choose the traineeship provider IPS has set forth three criteria: the first and prioritary one is to choose the work placement where the student may develop more competences related to the Short Cycle; the second one, is choosing the company that, to the extent possible, favours labour insertion; the third one, consists of taking into account logistical points such as transport connection or contacts at the destiny.

Once a company has been identified, the tutor and the student fill in a Learning Agreement in negotiation with the traineeship provider. The tutor and the student agree placement objectives and the company defines the work program. All this process is supervised by the IPS coordinator, who has made the contact with the company in first place.

Regular contact is maintained throughout the traineeship period with the student. IPS may also organise previous onsite visits.

Students must complete a weekly report via internet, describing and analysing events in the workplace. Mechanisms shall be put in place in all programs incorporating work placement to asses whether a student has successfully passed the traineeship period. The assessed components require placement reports from the traineeship provider. IPS has a full credit system which is adopted from the Spanish Educative Regulations, which reference to the ECTS. All students shall gain academic recognition for their mobility period.

IPS plans to improve promotion of ERASMUS activities by developing information on our website. The Erasmus Policy

Statement will be incorporated into our Annual Program and the Policy Statement will be publicised in our website. Our website will be periodically updated to meet the requirements of the Erasmus program.

We will also ensure that Erasmus activities are available for all eligible students and staff. Staff mobility shall be supported through measures such as the inclusion in internal promotion schemes, leave periods from IPS with guarantee of all their acquired rights, and assistance with logistical matters if needed. IPS aims to strengthen liaison with other Salesian Schools and Institutions abroad, in order to facilitate the staff mobility.

IPS undertakes to support the integration of our incoming students, and provide them and their home institutions with complete and accurate transcripts at the end of the mobility period. Tutors are identified to monitor students´ progress on an ongoing base and provide support. Linguistic preparation is available for incoming students during their stay.

For all mobility activities IPS shall be opened to any geographical area provided that the mobile participant can reach the minimum required linguistic level.

IPS is well aware that internationalization is a factor with growing political and societal importance and also in higher education policy making.

For this reason, IPS has recently adopted some important policies in order to include an international perspective in its mission. One of these policies has been to implement the BEDA program, financed by the Madrid Educational Authorities. The BEDA program (Bilingual English Development and Assessment) aims to implement and improve efficiency in language education within the school. The program consists of the gradual introduction of Spanish-English bilingual education in associated schools.

Another step has been to put in place quality at the heart of its policy and establish one agency carrying out systematic external quality assurance reviews, to meet the ISO and EFQM standards.

A third step has been to implement IT tools such as cloud computing which will allow sharing international projects, files and the like.

In this context, IPS intends to go one step further with its participation in the Erasmus Program which undoubtedly, will positively contribute to its modernisation in different aspects.

As stated in the Commission´s Modernisation Agenda, it is clear that Europe needs to attract a broader cross-section of society into higher education, including disadvantaged and vulnerable groups. Therefore, with IPS´s participation in the program, our students, the majority of them coming from disadvantaged social environment, will have the opportunity to live an international experience, improve their knowledge of a foreign language and facilitate the development of a curriculum which reflects this. This will also aid to grow the feeling of European citizenship and cohesion.

Another element for modernization, in accordance with the Commission Modernisation Agenda, depends on the competence and motivation of teachers. IPS intends to actively support staff mobility, which will have a very positive effect on the motivation of the staff.

Being IPS a small institution, the Erasmus program will be particularly beneficial for its modernisation. It will improve the access, employment conditions and progression opportunities for students, as well as it will increase cooperation with the economic sector, constituting the knowledge triangle work: Linking higher education, research and business, as traineeships are an important mechanism for matching graduate skills with labour markets needs, as well as for the personal development of students.