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ECHE and Policy Statement



  
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Erasmus+ Policy Statement

As a newly established University in 2010, Istanbul Sabahattin Zaim University (IZU) gives a high priority to have a multicultural and multilingual campus. Being a part of Erasmus+ Programme serves for us to achieve international campus environment and certain level of student and staff mobiltity in order to develop multilateral cooperation, an understanding of education compatible with the European Education Area and recent innovations.

Acting with the vision of being an international research university, IZU, closely follows international dynamics, has set itself following objectives within the Erasmus+ Programme:

1-Creating an international campus environment by contributing to the recognition of the University at national and international level: Although IZU is a university that can be considered young, it offers a multinational campus environment with 30% international academics and 16% international students. IZU currently has more than 1900 international students from 91 countries. We believe that our participation in the Programme will contribute to our multinational and multilingual campus environment.

2-Strengthening education in a foreign language as well as increasing the number of international students and academics quantitatively and qualitatively: 27% of the study programs at IZU provide education in a foreign language. By having study programs in a foreign language, the university will increase its ability to cooperate at an international level. In addition, we created a common portfolio of courses that all students can follow, to support education in a foreign language. Thanks to these courses the University has a more preferable position by international stakeholders.

3-Increasing the number of students and staff participating in the Erasmus+ Programme: We are fully aware of the importance of mobility for students and staff that is why we plan to expand our activities in this area. We wish to send and host students from each of three cycles but our main target for next years are 1st and 2nd Cycle students. As an internationalizing institution, IZU admits international students and staff from all around the world. In such a multicultural environment,  we are committed to ensure non-discrimination of gender, race, religion, disabled etc., and zero tolerance is implemented for discrimination of any kind as of establishment of our institution. The Executive Board will ensure that it stays that way.

4-Partnering with many international institutions to strengthen cooperation and relationships and diversify them in different geographies: Partnerships established within the Erasmus+ Programme enable student and staff mobility, as well as providing intellectual and scientific cooperation between institutions. IZU permanently searches for new partners to catch up new developments in higher education. We believe that increased level of quality by working new and different partners brings benefits both for our institution and partners. IZU aims to cooperate with at least one university in the each Erasmus+ Programme Country and with at least one university from each region in the Erasmus+ Partner Countries.

5-Exchange of good practices and innovation in cooperation with international partners: IZU intends to increase its internationalization through mobility activities as well as international projects within the Erasmus+ Programme. We aim to attract international cooperation projects with students and researchers from across Europe and extend our learning opportunities to every place that higher education is valued. Erasmus KA-2 projects, which are among our future plans, will support the internationalization of our institution as well as its modernization and increase in knowledge, qualilty, innovation and capacity.

6-Supporting the personal and professional development of students and staff: It is among our internationalization objectives that our students and staff acquire personal and professional skills through international activities. Participation in the Programme will significantly contribute to the foreign language skills and future employability of our students and staff. Promoting active citizenship and civic engagement, tolerance and cultural awareness with the mobility activities are in line with the mission and values of IZU.

7-Reaching European standards with continuous improvement in education and service quality: IZU confirms that participating in Erasmus+ Programme is part of its modernization and internationalization strategy. It acknowledges contribution of student and staff mobility as a key to the quality of its higher education programmes and student experience. Our efforts to adapt the European Education Area, starting with the Bologna Declaration, will be supported by mobility activities as a part of the process. In this context, our activities to improve education and service qualitiy processes will be open to testing and development with the Erasmus+ Programme. We will also take the necessary steps for Erasmus Without Paper, Online Learning Agreement and Online IIA etc. under the European Student Card Initative to digitize our processes and become more efficient.

The objectives mentioned above are the guidelines for achieving the high standards that we aim in education in line with the Internationalization Strategy of IZU. Our modernization efforts, which started with the process of Bologna Declaration, will be supported with participation as a beneficiary institution of the Erasmus+ Programme. The implementation of the Programme will contribute significantly to the goals stated in the Strategic Plan of IZU by reaching intercultural communication, increasing the international visibility by developing cooperation with international institutions,  creating joint projects in all study cycles and increasing the number of exchange students and staff.