The three winning institutions, which are involved in partnerships in several European countries, are "excellent examples of what can be achieved by using staff mobility strategically for the support and on-going improvement of teaching and learning quality," pointed Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth.
The European Commission invited all higher education institutions holding an Erasmus University Charter to highlight success stories involving staff mobility and short intensive programmes like international summer schools. Independent experts short-listed 20 of the best case studies, from which the three winning institutions were chosen. The Erasmus Awards were handed out at an award ceremony in Brussels on 21st November 2013.
Gold – ERASMUS Staff Mobility – Jyväskylän ammattikorkeakoulu (JAMK University of Applied Sciences), Jyväskylä, Finland
Internationalisation is one of three strategic priorities for the JAMK University of Applied Sciences and its 8 000 students. This includes a high level of mobility with over 70% of staff going abroad on a yearly basis. The staff exchanges are monitored through internal performance and national indicators to ensure quality and maximum impact.
The staff exchanges are a part of the university’s strategy for improving teaching and learning quality. So far, the impact has included the development of intensive programmes, double-degree cooperation and the online projects with partner institutions.
Silver – ERASMUS Intensive Programmes –Τεχνολογικό ΕκπαιδευτικόΊδρυμα Κρήτης (Technological Educational Institute of Crete), Heraklion, Greece
The Technological Educational Institute has over 15 000 students who are taught in six cities throughout Crete. Since 2005, the Institute’s 22 intensive programmes have provided a platform for internationalisation by creating links with local industry as well as world-leading institutions such as the University of Oxford and Imperial College in the UK. This has led to an international dimension of the degree programmes and helped academics from across Europe get to know the Institute’s work and staff members.
Bronze – ERASMUS Staff Mobility – Universitat Politècnica de València, Valencia, Spain
The Universitat Politècnica de València is a 45-year-old technical university with 13 schools and faculties on three campuses. Last year it was involved in 190 staff mobility actions, making it the fifth largest sending institution. It attaches great importance to monitoring the quality of exchange programmes and ensure that lecturers’ experiences make the University more international, benefit students and enhance the University’s joint teaching and research projects. As a consequence it is offering more and more double degrees as well as Erasmus intensive programmes.