Erasmus Policy Statement (EPS)

According to Article 4, Paragraph 12 of the Statute of The College of Hotel Management in Belgrade and Article 6. of the Law on Higher Education (“Official Gazette RS” No. 88/2017), the Teaching – Expert Council of The College of Hotel Management, at the session held on 27.03.2018. adopted

 ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT

International Strategy

The College of Hotel Management (CHM) is a public High Educational Institution which offers professional undergraduate programs in the field of hotel, restaurant and gastronomy management. The primary aim of CHM is to educate professionals with a competitive advantage in the labour market, and improve its study programmes by adhering to the European standards and the latest achievements in teaching and learning, through cooperation and exchange of best practice with organizations in Europe and the world.

International commitment is integral component of The College of Hotel Management Vision of Development. In line with the institutional policy, the Internationalisation Strategy is being developed to define strategic importance, provide an internationalisation chart and support delivery of the core aims. The internationalisation strategy is focusing on the following objectives:

  • Student and staff mobility – CHM encourages the exchange and mobility of students, teaching and non-teaching staff within the Erasmus+ Programme and other available programmes with the view of exchanging knowledge, gaining experience, developing and implementing professional competences. CHM strives to create a balance between incoming and outgoing mobility
  • Development of innovative educational programmes – CHM is dedicated to innovate and design new study programmes, as well as life-long learning programmes by following international best practices aware of the labour market needs.
  • International cooperation – CHM strive to improve the existing cooperation, but also to extend and establish cooperation with higher education institutions, business organizations and international scientific and professional organizations in the region, Europe and the rest of the world in order to strengthen the educational, scientific, research and professional potential of students and employees, establish new contacts and build strong ties, as well as exchange knowledge, skills and experience.
  • Running and participating in international projects – CHM strive to actively participate and efficiently use the resources and opportunities available through EU projects. It will initiate, run and coordinate or collaborate in international projects, primarily dedicated to the promotion of education, research and advancement of professional knowledge and competencies. CHM strive to create conditions for the involvement of as many teaching and non-teaching staff members as possible in international projects, thus providing them with the opportunity to work in the multicultural environment, to constantly develop their professional and academic skills and knowledge and contribute to the sustainable development of the economy and society.

The CHM views involvement in the Erasmus+ programme as fundamental to the achievement of these objectives.

We have many bilateral agreements and continue to build new collaboration with international partners with strengths, values and approaches to teaching and learning. When establishing partnerships with other higher education institutions, CHM will take into account the educational system, the complementarity of curricula, the availability of courses and programmes, staff’s common interests in research and teaching, existing partnerships, possibility for transfer credits, the necessary language skills, and the possibility to include the appropriate number of students and staff in the activities in order to achieve an exchange balance.

Currently, our focus is widely directed towards European collaboration: on the one hand, our goal is to reinforce connections within the Western Balkans, the South-East Europe and the Mediterranean, where common cultural and historical roots are strong; on the other hand, we are focused on building partnership with European regions which are remote to us or have different traditions. We are also determined to establish stronger global connections and look for partners in this direction, especially towards countries and regions where links have already been established through networks and other programmes (Russian Federation, Turkey, China, the United States, Latin America).

Mobility is the cornerstone of the CHM’s international ambitions. In the previous period we have achieved a significant increase in mobility and built institutional capacity for further development. The Erasmus+ has been a key driver of both the scope and quality of the mobility and we aim to further internationalise the CHM’s ambiance with full commitment to the ideals of the Programme. In order to create such an environment, we will actively stimulate the mobility of undergraduate and graduate students and teaching and non-teaching staff. We encourage the participation of persons with special needs and disadvantaged groups in particular.

The CHM will guarantee high quality in the organisation of student mobility, whilst ensuring equal academic treatment and services to home and international students. We attempt to intensify incoming mobility and to bring to higher level the student mobility for internship. We stimulate outgoing students to spend a period of study abroad and gain international experience which will support their personal and professional development, enlarge their competencies and research capacities. For incoming students, we provide full individual support and mentorship, ensuring their integration into the school life. We also encourage staff mobility, both for teaching and training purposes, in order to assure constant comparison of teaching methods and further development of study programmes in the international context.

Joint study programmes will represent significant international activity of the CHM. The synergy of different institutions is more than a mere collection of experiences, practices, traditions and methodological approaches which is why joint programmes open significantly more space for experimentation and innovation. In a way, the multicultural platform of this kind of study is an academic challenge for an increasing number of students and teachers from the country, region, Europe and the rest of the world.

Strategy for the organisation and implementation of international cooperation projects

CHM encourages and supports the development of inter-institutional cooperation and international strategic partnerships with educational and business institutions with the aim of participating in mobility programmes, developing joint initiatives, projects, exchanging knowledge, experience and best practices. In line with the CHM’s strategic orientation, internationalization activities concentrate on developing new and improving existing study programmes and courses, in line with the most recent scientific achievements and sensitive to the needs of the society and the economy. Additionally, focus is on the modernization of education and the educational system.

In this respect, CHM strive to develop new partnerships, while the existing ones are strengthened and, should the need arise, bilateral cooperation will be brought up to the level of strategic partnership which implies coordinated collaboration in several different areas such as joint project management, the efficient use of financial resources of partner institutions, joint capacity building, etc. Strategic partnerships are developed selectively, with institutions in the region, the EU and the world renowned for their achievements in the field of education, science and the transfer of knowledge.

The CHM is an active member in several international networks, including membership in the AEHT (Association Europeenne des Ecoles d’Hotellerie et de Tourisme-Diekirch, Luxemburg), AMFORTH (Associаtion Mondiale pour la Formation Hoteliere et Touristiwue Motmorency, France) and ATLAS (Association for Turism and Leisure Education-Arnhem, Nederlands) etc. These networks are of strategic significance for boosting our participation in collaboration projects and initiatives. Based on the results of previous collaborations, our goal is to expand the cooperation within existing consortia and generate new strategic partnerships.

As for the School’s activities at the EU level, CHM’s aim is to increase the number of partnerships and be an applicant or partner for the following Erasmus + programmes:

  • Mobility projects in the field of higher education (KA1) for students, teaching and non-teaching staff with the aim of studying, practicing, teaching and training. This will increase the opportunities for studying and working in a multicultural and international environment, broadening international experience, finding work placement, increasing linguistic skills of mobile participants and enhancing the professional competencies of teaching and non-teaching staff;
  • Capacity Building Programme in Higher Education (KA2) in order to ensure the exchange of best practices through cooperation with HEI and other institutions, and ensure the modernization of higher education through the development of innovative study programmes, improvement of management and maintaining various forms of interaction between higher education and society as a whole;
  • Building strategic partnerships (KA2) with education, training and youth organizations in programme countries, with the aim of cooperating in order to modernize the institution, exchange experiences, knowledge and innovative practices;
  • Developing a Knowledge Alliance (KA2) through transnational projects in cooperation with HEIs and organizations from different disciplines and sectors with the view of developing new approaches to teaching and learning, promoting entrepreneurial spirit among students and employees, and facilitating knowledge transfer through exchange programmes;
  • Cooperation with international organisations and Stakeholder dialogue, policy and Programme promotion (KA3);
  • Jean Monnet programme to promote excellence in teaching, organization of courses, research, conferences and publishing of results in the field of EU studies at the local, regional and international level.

In the upcoming years, the CHM will be proactive in other EU programmes (Creative Europe, Horizon 2020, COST), especially in research programmes and projects, where international links and research platform activities could lead to integration of viewpoints from local contexts into the global streams.

At the non-EU level, CHM is planning to increase its activities in project cooperation and application for projects involving the “neighbouring countries”. Furthermore, CHM plans to expand existing cooperation with partners from Russia, and develop cooperation with institutions from China and other Asian countries. In particular, CHM will strive to transfer its experience and knowledge to less developed countries and institutions if opportunities arise.

The International Cooperation Office will ensure that the CHM actively fosters partnerships in EU programmes in order to expand and develop its international activities. The Office will promote and disseminate information on the calls for projects, stimulate proactive engagement of the staff, provide them with any assistance that they may need during the application process, provide support for project management and information exchange. Administrative procedures have been developed but they need to be fine-tuned to be able to respond to new flows and requirements. The organizational structure of the Office will be made of a team of qualified professionals with previous experience in international cooperation, project preparation and realization and implementation of mobility programs

Impact on the modernization

The CHM’s International Strategy is closely linked to a renewed EU Agenda for Higher Education as well as the goals towards a European Education Area. Participation in the Erasmus+ programme plays the central role in accomplishing its institutional objectives. Key benefits as regards CHM modernization to be achieved through inclusion in Erasmus programs, in line with the EU Agenda for Higher Education (2017) are as follows:

1. Development of new and innovation of existing study programmes through international cooperation and partnerships with educational institutions and businesses, as well as development of lifelong learning programmes to provide graduates with high-level, employability skills, as well as the transferable skills that equip graduates for a fast-changing labour market. Innovative methods of teaching and learning will be used in the work with students, and cooperation projects will provide opportunities for acquiring international experience in terms of work placement and studying. All these activities will aim at tackling future skills mismatches and promoting excellence and skills development;

2. Through Erasmus Programmes, CHM will strive to improve the position of all students and employees through various activities in order to provide equal opportunities for all. Primary goals will be better education and standard of living of students, as well as encouraging continuation of education and participation in lifelong learning programmes. CHM will strive to modernize by developing distance learning programmes so that disadvantaged groups, employees, elderly people, people with disabilities and others could have easy access to education. CHM will also aim to be, through cooperation with secondary schools and business organizations, one of the key partners in building inclusive and connected higher education systems.

3. Ensuring higher education institutions contribute to innovation – Through Erasmus programmes, CHM will actively engage in international educational, scientific and business flows of knowledge with the aim of strengthening innovation potential and recognisability at regional, European and global level. CHM will encourage its teachers, associates and students to take an active part in exchange, improvement and research programmes, participation in conferences and meetings in order to exchange knowledge and skills, and disseminate the results of professional and scientific work. CHM will provide support to underdeveloped areas in the region, Europe and the world through transfer of knowledge. CHM will strive to strengthen and develop the innovative and entrepreneurial potential of students and employees, as well as the development of links between education, research and business with the aim of contributing to innovation at local, regional and European level

4. Supporting effective and efficient higher education systems – participation in Erasmus programmes can contribute to finding new and better solutions for the management and financing of higher education, in line with the needs of society, through cooperation with key stakeholders and analysis of the experiences of other institution.

PRESIDENT OF THE TEACHING
AND PROFESSIONAL COUNCIL
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL
Professor, PhD Slavoljub Vićić