ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT (OVERALL STRATEGY)
TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme (TCM) is a Science and Innovation Park based in the city of Mataró. With an international scope, TCM aims to make a decisive contribution to the area’s social and economic transformation. Its mission is to act as the region’s main driving force to find, foster and promote the talent needed for the social and economic development of our area. We foster an entrepreneurial culture at all levels with business pre-incubation programmes which allow our students to begin their professional careers with their own projects. Considering global economy, TCM must be at the front of any programme that promotes international mobility as a way to be well positioned in order to achieve its main development
TCM offers a wide range of higher education degrees. As a higher education institution, one of its main pillars is Internationalization. Thus, participation in the Erasmus programme is strategic in order to enhance international mobility of all its actors. TCM chooses partners according to the following objectives:
Enable exchanges of students and academic staff
Share knowledge and expertise in both teaching and research areas
Explore new collaboration avenues in postgraduates and joint degrees
Share experiences in entrepreneurial projects
TCM is mainly interested in European partners but also in countries from emerging areas such as South America and Asia.
TCM’s strategy is moving on to the achievements of agreements for joint degrees and postgraduate courses delivered by several European partners. Another important issue to work on deeply in the near future is Entrepreneurship. Thus, we intend to find partners for whom entrepreneurship is critical in order to contribute to the area’s employment network.
Another field of particular interest to TCM is the promotion of internships. Practical training in companies is fundamental as a complement to the student’s learning and experience. We strongly believe that the Erasmus programme can be a way to offer a wide range of possibilities for achieving practical experience in a real work environment.
So far, TCM has signed double degree agreements with a university in the UK and only for one of its bachelor’s degrees.
Our goal in this matter is to extend this kind of agreements in order to offer double degrees to most of our courses. We intend to explore with partner institutions the possibility to design multiple degrees as an innovative higher education offer in the near future.
TMC’s strategy to organize and implement international cooperation projects in teaching and training is mainly based on student’s interests and also on the goals established by the institution. Students feel particularly attracted by international mobility in English-speaking countries or in countries where the tuition language is English (mostly northern European
countries and some central European countries). Economic reasons also take their part in their preferences as it is cheaper to travel to nearby areas.
Other areas of great interest are North America and Canada both due to their economic potential and geo-strategic influence and to their being English-speaking countries.
Having this in mind, TCM aims at establishing teaching cooperation projects with institutions from those areas.
Practical training is another important issue to our students as a way to gain practical experience related to their studies, which can enable them an easier introduction into the job market, and also as a means to improve their competence in foreign languages (English in the majority of cases). Consequently, any programme that contributes to the achievement and fulfillment of these goals is of high esteemed. And we strongly believe that the Erasmus programme can do a lot in this sense.
Cooperation projects in entrepreneurial initiatives are also appealing to TCM as one of its principal goals is to promote business ideas which may turn into start-ups with location in the Science and Innovation Park. University must go hand-inhand with businesses and entrepreneurship is definitely a way to enable it. Collaborative projects between several European higher education institutions to foster entrepreneurship should be extensively promoted by EU programmes such that interested universities can have easy access to funds which allow easy development and implementation of entrepreneurial projects.
Considering the three main pillars on which the university model of TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme is based (internationalization, entrepreneurship and professionalization), participation in the Programme will definitely contribute to the achievement of the main goals established. Internationalization will be enhanced by the academic exchanges enabled by the programme. Both our undergraduates and graduates and our academic staff will benefit from the uncountable advantages of the academic experiences in partner universities. Entrepreneurship will be strengthened by taking part in European seminars and projects together with other European partners aiming at fostering the creation of start-ups and new businesses which contribute to the economic growth of the European Union. Professionalization will be promoted by the participation in training programs which enable students and graduates to carry out in-company training as a way to start their professional life.
That international context will absolutely help us recruiting more students, who will become after a few years new higher education graduates with the European flag as their main “emblem”. Through the exchanges of our academic staff the quality and relevance of teaching and researcher training will be improved to the extent of being competitive worldwide.
International experiences provide our graduates with outstanding knowledge and core transferable competences so as to be competitive in an extremely competitive job market.
Students who enjoy an international exchange like that provided by the Programme gain additional opportunities to acquire those particular skills needed to success in our highly-demanding academic career. Study and training abroad must become an essential part of the student’s development and, as such, will encourage cross-border co-operation to carry out economic, cultural and social projects within higher education institutions.
Considering the main goals of tertiary level institutions in order to provide higher education, foster research and promote business development, the Programme undoubtedly contributes enormously to that. And, as a university institution with such clear goals leading to excellence, TecnoCampus Mataró-Maresme cannot be left aside and expects that effective governance and funding mechanisms are defined so that participation in the Programme can be a reality in the forthcoming years.