Universidad Isabel I fully endorses the Lisbon strategy in its internationalisation plan, as shown in its 4 core priorities:
- Main objective: to foster international mobility among staff and students.
- To promote and encourage faculty stays in companies and universities abroad.
- To encourage internships in foreign companies among students.
- To promote cooperation between the university and the private sector.
Universidad Isabel I will strive to raise awareness among its staff of opportunities raised by mobility periods in various international destinations. Their experience and work abroad will enable collaboration with other universities in terms of research, the development of new education trends, etc.
Furthermore, the following objectives are set concerning mobility recognition for faculty and administrative staff within the Erasmus framework:
- To offer professional and personal development opportunities to faculty and administrative staff.
- To improve foreign language competence.
- To ensure better recognition of skills developed during mobility.
- To foster the exchange of technical and operational knowledge between European universities.
- To increase awareness and understanding of other countries and cultures, providing international networking opportunities.
- To enhance the university’s capabilities, stature, and international dimension.
- To partner with other European universities for collaboration on specific issues and studies.
Universidad Isabel I will promote, disseminate and publish its internationalisation policy among staff through all available channels for in-house and external communication.
Universidad Isabel I international strategy coordination and implementation is based on the following four pillars:
- The IRO (International Relations Office) is responsible for planning, directing and coordinating all international actions, including the development and implementation of the internationalization plan and international mobility of staff and students.
- As part of our 4-year internationalisation plan we have set the target of signing 20 international cooperation agreements with institutions from 10 countries.
In the first year we plan to sign an Erasmus Bilateral Agreement with at least 4 universities within the European Higher Education Area. In addition, we plan to sign at least two Erasmus Bilateral Agreements for each undergraduate and master’s programme: that means 26 agreements in total.
- Our Internationalization Plan includes the following lines:
- Erasmus + Key Action 1 (KA1): Joint study programmes and traineeships between countries.
- Erasmus + Key Action 2 (KA2): Strategic Partnerships - Knowledge Alliances - Capacity Building Projects.
- Erasmus + Key Action 3 (KA3): KA3 Projects
- Jean Monnet Activities
- In light of provisions within the Erasmus + Program, Universidad Isabel I will contribute to the development of higher education in Europe and worldwide. Universidad Isabel I will take part in K1 actions; it also intends to do so under the Erasmus Mundus Program (joint master’s and joint PhD programmes).
Universidad Isabel I international strategy revolves around four core areas which guide our choice of targets and geographical areas:
- Our status as an expanding university within the EHEA.
- Our links with the Portuguese-speaking world, right from the start, more specifically with Instituto Piaget universities in Portugal, Angola, Mozambique, Cape Verde and Brazil.
- Our potential as a Spanish university to foster international partnerships in Latin America.
- Our online-based education offer enabling us to reach institutions worldwide.
Our internationalisation strategy is backed by measures promoting foreign language skills among staff and students. That is why we have a School of Languages offering courses in Spanish, English, German and Portuguese, from A1 to B2 levels. CEFR B1 level will be an entry requirement to take part in a mobility programme. It can be achieved through our own courses (a final test must be passed to validate language competence) or certified by a renowned qualification (FCE, DELF, etc.).
Our strategy major objectives are as follows:
- To foster and increase quality in higher education within the EHEA.
- To engage all the university community in our international strategy.
- To forge partnerships with other institutions, enabling cultural, academic and scientific exchanges.
- To work towards agreements with partners sharing our same enthusiasm to promote international cooperation and mobility of students and staff.
- To reach agreements with universities abroad to develop international research programmes.