ERASMUS Policy Statement
The Higher School of Physical Education and Tourism in Bialystok (WSWFiT) is a non-public higher education institution with a 20 - years tradition of physical education teacher training. Following the example of the outstanding European universities WSWFiT aims at developing into a modern, competitive and mobility-oriented institution. International collaborative partnerships are a core element in our broader strategic objectives in regard to teaching, learning and research. Strategy for internationalization encompasses relations both within and outside of the EU. Currently we cooperate in many areas (exchange staff and students, organise and participate in international conferences, sport activities) with Belarussian universities (Беларускі Дзяржаўны Універсітэт/Mińsk, Hrodzienski dziarżauny uniwiersitet imia Janki Kupały/Grodno, Палескі дзяржаўны ўніверсітэт/ Pińsk) based on bilateral agreements. Our Higher School want to increase its competitiveness supporting students and teaching staff mobility in line with the principles set out in Bologna Strategy. WSWFiT plan to focus on development of collaborations with Institutions of higher education located in the Programme countries and shows considerable interest in establishing new agreements with institutions of higher education from EU. Interest in developing cooperation within Europe results from the similarities between institutions of higher education in Europe: compatible education systems, application of ECTS, English-taught study programmes, etc. The Higher School of Physical Education and Tourism in Bialystok supports the EU Modernisation and Internationalisation Agenda for Higher Education, and the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is integral to the realisation of our institutional plans, strategies and aspirations.
Our approach to international engagement based on the core values expressed in our institutional strategy. Central to the achievement of our vision of an international Higher School are the benefits derived from working collaboratively. Our international partnerships facilitate and support staff and student mobility, student recruitment, developments in teaching and learning, collaborative research and sport activity. The most important objectives and target groups of WSWFiT mobility activities are: a) to increase quantity and quality of student credit mobility at Bachelor levels to and from the participating countries and to and from non-participating countries.
The most important objectives of WSWFiT mobility activities and areas for the forthcoming years is to increase competitiveness home and abroad through supporting students and teaching staff mobility, applying the guidelines set out in Lisbon and Bologna Strategies. In order to create more competitive and attractive degree programmes WSWFiT implements key priorities related to Bologna Process namely: mobility, employability and quality.
Mobility helps student to develop important skills: foreign languages, adaptability and intercultural awareness. Participation in Erasmus + courses in a foreign language give students significant linguistic and intercultural competences important in the modern world and their future job.
WSWFiT stresses the significance of individual mobility that constitutes a perfect tool for increasing professional, social and intercultural skills and employability. The Higher School aims at increasing number of students completing a study period abroad. Therefore, efforts are made to build learning mobility into curricula and ensure the efficient recognition of credits gained abroad by means of consistent use of ECTS and the Diploma Supplement. WSWFiT pursues to attract students, academics and researchers from outside the EU. In order to recruit students from non-participating countries the following issues must be addressed in the nearest future: continuous improvement of quality studies, expanding ECTS course catalogue, improving flexibility of recognition and transparency of recruitment procedures. Across our programme we will make innovative use of new information and communications technologies to enrich teaching and enhance the student experience.
In 2018 the Higher School of Physical Education and Tourism in Bialystok has applied to European Commission in Brussels declaring active participation in development of European education for the first time. Receiving Erasmus University Charter for 2019–2020 let our Higher School to participate in Erasmus Programme.