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 27.03.2019. adopted
STRATEGY OF INTERNATIONALIZATION OF THE COLLEGE OF HOTEL MANAGEMENT OF APPLIED STUDIES IN BELGRADE 2019 – 2024
The College of Hotel Management of Applied Studies in Belgrade (hereinafter referred to as: CHM) has recognized the process of internationalization as one of the most promising ways to further development. This particularly refers to the activities of CHM related to education, research and development. Strategy of Internationalization of CHM for the time period 2019 – 2024 (hereinafter referred to as: Strategy) is document which defines the main objectives of CHM in the domain of internationalization of its activities and international cooperation. Furthermore, the Strategy defines the basic directions to go in order for the School to obtain the objectives set in the domain of internationalization and international cooperation.
The vision of The College of Hotel Management is to continuously realize its own development as a modern education institution, known for its quality schooling of experts who possess practical skills and knowledge and are able to apply it, experts who will be able to solve particular problems and thus contribute to the development of their city, region and broader community which in turn contributes to a faster development of Serbia. CHM should become an important element in the regional, European and global education system, firmly incorporated in those systems and well connected with organisations working in education and research, as well as other related organisations. International two-way student mobility of students and staff, as well as mutual participation in research, development and other projects with partner organisations from abroad should become regular and routine processes at CHM.
CHM should also become an institution of higher education, research and development which is, in the international domain, a bearer of activities for the introduction of new, additional, social activities, particularly in the field of quality education of competent and globally competitive experts. CHM should become internationally recognized and acknowledged as a reliable actor in the sphere of higher education, research and development, both at the European and global level. Through its successfully realized process of internationalization,
Our common mission is creativity, aesthetics, faster innovations in the hotel industry, new arrangements for the traditional hotel-catering offer, time-machines of this region as a tourist attraction, new events, new forms and research tasks in the future. According to the Serbian. Development Strategy, tourism and hotel industry provide prospective jobs with great possibility of opening new permanent sites and creating new internationally competitive products and services. CHM shall support appropriate initiatives and ideas of students and staff which contribute to the improvement of the developmental potential and the international status of CHM. CHM should, apart from its educational and other activities, aim at improving and developing research and development to its maximum, including other corresponding activities, which will extend the spectrum of potential international partnerships and increase its chances for personal growth and development at the national and international level.
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 College is open to the widest possible cooperation, based on equality and mutual respect. In the choice of partners, it identifies three concentric, strategically important areas:
1. Southeast Europe
- Higher education institutions in the region of Southeast Europe are natural partners of the College due to a similar geographical and historical context, and because of the fact that we are connected by similar languages and shared cultural and artistic heritage.
2. European context
- The countries of the European Union and the European continent in a wider sense are important partners of the College because our priorities are integration in European Education Area and current trends in hospitality.
3. Global connection
- The long-standing bilateral collaboration of the College with schools in Turkey, China, the United States and Latin America, will enable deepening the existing and creating new relationships with schools in these countries;
- Our membership in international associations will represent a platform for new partnerships and expansion of collaboration.
PLANNED ACTIVITIES OF INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION
Aimed at accomplishing strategic objecitves, international cooperation will focus on the following activities:
1. Participation in projects in the field of higher education, art, culture and science.
The College plans to increase its activities within European programmes such as Erasmus+, Creative Europe, Horizon 2020, COST etc. focused on the institutional development, curriculum development as well as the development of research potentials.
2. Cooperation based on bilateral and multilateral inter-university agreements.
The College will expand the circle of institutions it cooperates with, taking into account that the signed agreements are the basis for active cooperation, while bilateral cooperation should be raised to the level of strategic partnership, which can result in joint projects, joint study programmes and specific interests of higher education in the field of hospitality.
3. Participation in academic mobility programmes.
The College will continue the proactive policy of the exchange of students and staff within Erasmus+, CEEPUS and other mobility programmes supported by the European Union, while maintaining the proportion of incoming and outgoing mobility.
4. Active role in international networks and associations
- Better use of the capacity of networks and associations the college belongs to
- Initiative for regional networking of schools;
- Access to new networks of higher schools
STRENGTHENING INSTITUTIONAL CAPACITIES FOR INTERNATIONALISATION
We are determined to take the following measures in order to enable the implementation of the Strategy:
- Empowering the the International Cooperation Office with competent personnel with clearly defined competencies in the implementation of activities;
- Introduction of periodic evaluation of the internationalisation process;
- Sustainability as an imperative of all strategic goals and accompanying activities;
- Introduction of an internet platform for participants in the mobility process;
- Supporting vulnerable social groups;
- Inclusion of student bodies and students in providing the direct support to incoming students (Buddy programme).