University of Humanities and Economics in Lodz has been established in 1993. It is the one of the largest non-public institution of higher education in Poland. The university has 11 fields of studies and offers students over 100 courses. The curricula of the courses are constantly updated according to market demands.
AHE is the University of modern technologies boasting a professionally equipped publishing house, television studio, outpatient clinic as well as the largest – among non-public schools in the region – free-access library, exhibition galleries with the already nationwide famous “Patio” and canteen. AHE buildings are architecture friendly for disabled students, which encourages them to actively participate in academic life. The Polish Virtual University (Polski Uniwersytet Wirtualny) is part of our University. It’s educational platform provides opportunities to gain qualifications without the need to commute or disrupt everyday duties or family commitments. The university is an expert in research and analysis; designing of curricula; implementation of courses’ e-learning and development of e-learning platforms, tools, materials; dissemination; courses of creativity, self development, workshops, seminars; EU projects management.
Embracing the expectations of Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education, AHE developed new curricula in accordance with the requirements of European Educational Standards. Achieving scholarly excellence together with the social and personal skills by students is University’s mission and one of the main aims. Therefore our University ensure that its graduates not only gain knowledge, but also learn how to work in a team and how to communicate effectively in a group. AHE has been constantly participating in the Erasmus programme since 1999. During this time, students’ and staff exchange within the Programme became a crucial factor in University’s internationalization and good practice exchange.
Participation in the Erasmus programme helps our students, teachers and administrative staff to gain new knowledge and experience and contributes directly to strengthening pro-European attitudes. Same benefits bring to our University hosting incoming Erasmus students as well as teaching and administrative staff from our partner universities. Not only the scientific knowledge exchange is significant to our University, but so is also the cultural aspect of the mobility. In regards of quality of our educational standards, we make every effort to assure gender equality, prevent racism and xenophobia and make our institution fully accessible to socially and physically disadvantaged groups. We are aware that it is with benefit for the academic society to be influenced by various cultures. Therefore we have made it a point to make our institution a multicultural place. Saying that it has to be stressed that AHE’s teaching staff is international. All of didactics are integrated with the academic society and fully accepted by it. Also, among our students there are people from all over EU and not only.
The high quality within the Erasmus programme is of major importance for our institution. The International Cooperation Office carry out regular surveys addressed to outgoing and incoming Erasmus students, as well as teaching and administrative staff. This allows us to constantly improve the satisfaction of Erasmus participants and contributes to the general quality of the programme.
The credit system implemented in AHE follows the ECTS, which allows the full recognition of the study/traineeship period students spent abroad. As for our University, we envision students’ mobility should be treated as an integral part of study period. Therefore while establishing partnerships, we focus on choosing the ones not only with similar educational offer, but also with similar attitude towards mobility. Level of commitment to cooperation is also an important factor in regards of signing new bilateral agreements. While establishing new partnerships with universities we do not have any specific requirements concerning the geographical area of the foreign university, as we partner to have partner universities in various countries and therefore be able to come across different students’ needs and expectations and by this find another way to encourage students to participate in mobility.
AHE’s main objective concerning participating in Erasmus Mobility is to maintain the increasing number of outgoing students and staff along with high educational standards.
By that we want to continue with internationalization of our University. As a priority AHE finds students’ mobility however mobility of teaching and administrative staff members of our academic society is also significant for AHE. Increasing academic mobility is an integral part of AHE’s strategic development.
Institution’s strategy for the organization and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme.
Akademia Humanistyczno-Ekonomiczna has been involved in international cooperation projects for more than 10 years. Over 160 multilateral projects have been completed so far, co-financed by the educational programmes of the European Commission: Lifelong Learning Programme (and previous funding schemes), Culture, Daphne.
International cooperation is highly valued at the University. First of all, it gives the opportunity to transfer innovative educational products and methodologies from partner countries to our institution. As a result, the quality of teaching is improved and the educational offer is more interesting for our students. Moreover, the partners have a chance to develop new and up-to-date educational products, responding to the needs of their learners.
Participation in international projects constitutes a great opportunity and challenge for the University staff. Cross-cultural competences, language skills, cooperation with professionals in other countries, personal and professional development are the major benefits for University employees.
The University focuses on implementation of projects’ results. The educational products and methodologies are incorporated into study programmes and widely disseminated.
There is a dedicated department at AHE that coordinate all international projects and make sure that the project objectives are met within time and budget. Moreover, effective accounting and financial system are established to support smooth implementation and financial reporting.
The expected impact of participation in the Programme on the modernisation of the institution.
All of the 5 priorities of the European Union’s modernisation and internationalisation agenda in higher education:
- Increasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs
- Improving the quality and relevance of higher education
- Strengthening quality through mobility across-border cooperation
- Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development
- Improving governance and funding
will have a vast impact on internationalization on our University. AHE is fully aware of the fact that all sections of the society needs to be attracted into higher education drawing special attention to those under-represented in current academic societies. Therefore we constantly update and modernize our offer to make it more attractive to society. Keeping this in mind, AHE offers financial support to students from lower income backgrounds such as different scholarships. Also, those students who find it of use, may apply for a part-time job in various AHE’s administrative departments in return for studying possibility. Our University understands that international cooperation, including Erasmus programme as well as different European projects, is a huge asset in concern of higher education and is very important in regard of both quality of education as well as personal development.
AHE understands that it is crucial to focus on knowledge and skills gained by students during their studies and that without introducing system focused on learning outcomes, international mobility of students is very difficult. Therefore our University is implementing the national qualification framework to meet needs of all the students – not only Polish ones but also students from Europe. The Polish Virtual University (Polski Uniwersytet Wirtualny) which is part of our University give a possibility to wide group of people who do not have a possibility to take on a regular stationary studies. Having virtual elearning studies in offer, it significantly contributes to increase both number of students and internationalization of our University.
With a view to students’ benefit, AHE has got agreements with business enterprises and Chambers of Commerce. During the studies, our students conduct projects for real companies.