EPS – European Policy Statement of LVRKK
The internationalisation strategy of LVRKK is based on the Estonian Higher Education Strategy (2006 – 2015), Estonian Higher Education Internationalisation Strategy (2005 – 2015) and Lisbon Strategy. The internationalisation is one of the main priorities of Lääne-Viru College. The current internationalisation strategy focuses on active participation in various international projects, a continued effort to increase student and staff mobility, the development of the mutual understanding between different cultures, increasing the interest of students and academic staff to study foreign languages, developing curricula in cooperation with international partners and representatives of labour market.
a) The choice of the potential partners is done mainly on the basis of studying programs. The division for mobility at LVRKK initiates the search for partner institutions with the same or similar studying programs and traineeships. Once the potential partner is found, the mobility division addresses this institution with a partnership and collaboration suggestion. Then international committee and representatives of the mobility division discuss the possible cooperation with partner-institutions, compare academic curricula, make mobility suggestions and prospect international projects. Finally international committee prepares the draft of the bilateral agreement and sends it to the partner-institution. When the bilateral agreement is accepted by the partner, it is then signed by both sides.
b) The geographical target region for search and establishment of international connections and partnerships is mainly Europe and Northern countries of Scandinavia. Currently, we are planning to increase our international collaboration with third countries. Our special focus is to establish partnership and mobility with Russia and Asian countries, in order to share knowledge, experience and skills.
c) Lääne-Viru College has several major objectives of internationalisation strategy: the academic program and organisation, the academic staff and administrative employees, students, international inter-institutional partnership, the creation of international environment, the international marketing. All these objectives are part of the internationalisation plan of LVRKK and are oriented to different target groups, among which are academic staff, administrative employees, students, international partners, international collectives.
1)The aim of the internalisation of the academic program is to suggest to the Estonian and foreign students high-quality and internationally competitive education, good opportunities to develop student’s own skills and knowledge in an international environment, to ensure student’s success in the market of labour. In order to do this, LVRKK develops new, high-quality academic programs in English, which includes mandatory traineeship period and is available for both Estonian and foreign students.
2) The internalisation oriented to teachers and staff is aimed to increase the exchange of knowledge and experience internationally and to suggest the employees of LVRKK active, international and developing environment. To realise these aims, LVRKK organises teachers’ mobility, additional trainings to other employees, language courses, the participation in the international conferences and collaborative projects.
3) The internationalisation strategy oriented to students is aimed to increase and constantly develop students’ exchange and mobility and thus to ensure international experience and new knowledge acquisition by all mobile students. To achieve these goals LVRKK increases the number of international projects and programs for students, advertises and motivates students to participate, supports all international student activities both practically and financially, constantly improves the opportunities and conditions for mobile students.
4) the internationalisation of the partnerships is oriented to both Estonian and international institutions and is aimed to establish international rules and standards in an everyday collaboration, to increase the transparency and availability of various study and work opportunities and to develop multicultural understanding.
5) Next objective – creation of international environment
– is oriented to the international collectives in several partner-institutions and is aimed to create modern, effectively operating international communication system, a special environment between partner-schools. This international environment is characterised by transparent and reliable relations, productive collaboration, mutual support and application of unified general international academic standards.
6) And finally, international marketing of the Lääne-Viru College is aimed to introduce our college internationally as a reliable and serious partner, to acquire the international academic acceptance, reputation and attractiveness.