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Erasmus Policy Statement

The Medical University of Gdansk (MUG) takes part in SOCRATES/Erasmus Programme since 1998. During 9 years of participation in the programme 369 students and 49 lecturers have left for the scholarship. We have admitted 84 persons from various parts of Europe.

In the first year of participation in the programme the MUG had bilateral agreements signed with 12 universities. Today the MUG cooperates with 34 academies of the European Union, Turkey and Norway. Year after year the number of students and teachers is gradually rising. In the academic year 1998/99 22 students have left, while in the year 2006/07 56 departures are planned. Over 100% more teachers are interested in giving lectures abroad. The MUG receives more and more foreign students. In the academic year 1998/99 2 students from our partner academies have came in the frames of SOCRATES/Erasmus Programme, and for the year 2006/07 the arrival of 17 students is planned.

Since 1996 the academy has taken part in several thematic networks in the frames of Erasmus Programme (Med-Net, BIOTECHnology Network, EpharNet, DentEdEvolves). At present the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology UG-MUG is a member of a thematic network “BIOTECHNUTE” which is coordinated by the Universita degli Studi di Perugia (Italy). ICF UG-MUG is also a member of an international consortium, which is realizing the programme of first cycle studies “Job-Creation Oriented Biotechnology Diploma” coordinated by the same university. The MUG conducts joint doctoral studies “Arterial Hypertension and Vascular Biology” with Universita degli Studi di Padova (Italy) and Freie University of Berlin (Germany).

The MUG uses the financial assets of Erasmus Programme with success and since 1998 remains in the lead among polish medical academies (in the years 1998-2004 – 1st place, in the year 2004/05 – 2nd place).

Based on experience of previous years of functioning in SOCRATES/Erasmus Programme the authorities of the Medical University of Gdańsk sets up as the main goal of its participation in the Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP) the strengthening of the international position of the academy through its active participation in the European High Education Area (EHEA) and firm affiliation of high quality of education and scientific research.

The MUG intends to undertake actions in favour of strengthening the already existing and establishing new connections with appreciable European partners in the frames of various Erasmus+ programmes. A significant instrument in that domain will be the permanent improvement of recruitment system, evaluation and monitoring of students’ and teachers’ turnouts in the framework of Erasmus+ Programme. The implemented regulations will favour effective implementation of experiences gained in effect of exchange and cooperation in favour of improvement of the quality of educational offer on all degrees of education. It will also be favoured by extending didactical offer in English of the MUG, guaranteeing equipoise of exchange and stimulating high quality of educational offer of our university. The MUG conducts since 2000 a six year programme of studies designed for foreign studies on the Faculty of Medicine carried through in English. Lectures, seminars and practical tutorials are conducted only in English, and teaching is based on international standards. The subfaculty has a qualified educational cadre, which insures highest quality of education. Next year it is planned to launch studies conducted in English on the Faculty of Pharmacy and in next years on other faculties. It has to be added that in the MUG the procedures, which are coherent with ISO 9001 norms. The aim of the implementation of the norms is to improve the system of students’ and teachers’ exchange in the frames of Erasmus+ programme, which is now commencing.

Another direction of activities will be establishing contacts with European partners conducting postgraduate and vocational studies, what will enable cooperation in vocational education. Final institutionalization of the system of internationalization of student placements at the MUG will allow an effective participation of the University in that branch of LLP and gaining experience in favour of making the didactical offer more practic.

p<>The University takes part in the networks of cooperation connected with the range of aforementioned European projects. Our important direction will be applying the hitherto acquired knowledge in using the new possibilities composed by the Lifelong Learning Programme. That is why we plan to interest the academic society in the possibilities, which are brought together with the participation in centralized activities, such as multilateral projects, projects connected with compiling curricula, projects concentrated on the cooperation of the university with enterprises, projects supporting the programmes of the modernization of the University, and also thematic networks or supporting activities. An important direction of the activities of the university will be establishing relevant contacts with the initiators of consortiums and undertaking the activities organizing the arising of the suitable projects initiated by the representatives of the academic community.

In effect of undertaken activities the MUG can count on constantly augmenting participation educational and research projects based strictly on advanced education. The University will still conduct a policy favoring balanced exchange of students and teachers. It should be emphasized, that an active participation of academic community in the realization of Erasmus+ Programme at the MUG will allow to consolidate its leading position among Polish educational institutions participating in the creation European High Education Area.

To publicize the Erasmus Policy Statement and Erasmus University Charter we will conduct a number of meetings with the coordinators, deans and the authorities of the University. The EPS will be placed on the main website of the University. The information about the obtainment of the Charter will be published in the Bulletin of the MUG, in the Gazeta AMG monthly, on the Universities’ main website and also in the internal mailing network. The MUG plans to publish the materials promoting information about the possibilities brought by the new LLP programme.

The MUG ensures the equality of treatment between women and men. The majority of the employees of the administration, academic teachers and students are women. Women dominate also among students outgoing in the framework of SOCRATES/Erasmus Programme. Among the students and staff people of other faiths and provenience. The University assures the equal treatment and does not allow any symptoms of racism or xenophobia.

The ECTS is applied on all of the faculties of the MUG. At the Intercollegiate Faculty of Biotechnology and at the Faculty of Pharmacy the credit system is applied both as internal and external credit accumulation system on other faculties only as external system.

In the closest future the ECTS will be fully implemented on all of the faculties of the MUG. The activities promoting the Erasmus Programme are conducted mainly by the International Relations and European Programmes Office and departmental coordinators. The recruitment is carried out on the basis of the results of the examinations. Every year, in January students and teachers are informed about the possibilities of the departure in the framework of the programme. Information about the conditions of the turnouts are accessible on the internal home page of the MUG and also through the mailing to the academic community as a whole. Leaflets and posters are disseminated, there are many information meetings organized on certain faculties. The employees of the IRaEPO grant all the information concerning the university, city and country to which a student or a teacher is planning to leave. They are also helpful throughout the course of the scholarship. The incoming students are offered help in accommodation, we also take action enabling integration of foreign students into the life of the University, we help in solving any problems which may occur during the stay and studies in Gdańsk. A week before the start of the summer semester the Orientation Week is organized, during which foreign students meet the structure of the University, the lecturers, but also the city, habits and culture of Poland. In the frames of Orientation Week an intensive course of Polish is organized. The course can be continued throughout the whole academic year. All the information about the possibilities of studies, didactical offer and the possibilities of lodging are allocated on the English version of the university’s website. The IRaEPO publishes an annual guide for incoming students, containing all the essential information about the city and the University. The Erasmus Student Network, an organization vitally operating in Poland and converging the members of all of the higher schools in Tri-City, which takes care of students coming to Poland, through contact and help in solving problems connected with the arrival to Poland – picking up from the airport, trips around the city and the campus, help in getting acclimatized. Throughout the whole academic year the ESN organizes many parties, which aim to integrate foreign students with the academic community of the Tri-City.

The Students of the MUG have an obligatory one-month apprenticeship during vacations. And on the Faculty of Pharmacy an additional 6 month traineeship in a pharmacy. The apprenticeship can be realized both in public and private units, abroad or in Poland. The MUG assures full recognition of the period of apprenticeship, which took place abroad in the framework of LLP Programme on the basis of relevant agreements between the University and foreign partners. The aim of the apprenticeship is the introduction of the student with the totality of the work connected with the specialization of his studies, with its organization, professional and administrative activities, space and equipment.

The place of the apprenticeship are assigned by the head-master – academic teacher – of vacation apprenticeships, who is appointed by the Rector of the MUG. Direct supervision over a students during his apprenticeship is held by an academic teacher with a degree of a specialist and at least 5 year professional experience. The supervisor of the trainee has his wages paid from the didactical fund of the University.

The programme of the vacation apprenticeship is prepared by the unit which holds direct supervision over the apprenticeship. Both the programme of the apprenticeship and the selection of the place where the apprenticeship will take place are approved by the Dean of the relevant faculty. Respective units admit students for an apprenticeship on the basis of a bilateral agreement signed between the MUG and the head of the private unit (e.g. pharmacy, Institute of Health Care) or the director of a public unit (e.g. hospital). The student during his apprenticeship is obliged to keep a careful, and up to date documentation of performed activities. During an apprenticeship the student is obliged to keep a daybook of apprenticeship, which is, together with the opinion of the head-master of the apprenticeship, an official document confirming the apprenticeship. In the daybook the student registers shortly the issues, with which he coped every day. In the place were an apprenticeship takes place there is a one time visit of an academic teacher, who controls the correctness of the course of instruction. The recognition of the apprenticeship comes after passing the colloquium prepared by the supervisor in the unit performing direct surveillance over the apprenticeships. The recognition of the apprenticeship is a condition of accepting the year of studies.

Pursuant to the relevant provisions of the resolutions adopted by the MUG Senate on 22th of February, 2007.

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