ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT
UMF ”Carol Davila” includes internationalization as an integrated part of education and research which will contribute to high academic standards of our University. ERASMUS+ program is an important tool of the internationalization.
Part of the mission of the University is to increase the mobility of our students, teachers and researchers in order to obtain a substantial improvement of the knowledge, qualifications and scientific skills but also to facilitate the personal development by multicultural exposure and values. Each Faculty (degree) is choosing its Partners mainly based on the mutual research interests and links. The Faculties encourage the use of the research / teaching networks for establishing contacts with possible Partners. A special interest is taken in the quality of teaching and in the possibility of teaching/research mobilities for all three cycles but with a focus on the first and third cycles due to the high number of students enrolled in them.
The University has no specific geographical areas for partnerships but the linguistic aspect is evaluated so that the students and staff mobilities are not prevented by linguistic barriers. Our past and present partnership are focused on the European countries, most of the incoming and outgoing mobilities being European mobilities. In addition to the existing European partnerships, new connections with Nordic countries, Israel, Georgia, Macedonia and Turkey are created.
UMF Carol Davila's main objective is to increase the outgoing mobilities of staff and students in all 3 cycles and for all 4 Faculties in the context of the internationalization strategy of the University. Until recently, only students / teachers of Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Dental Medicine benefit of the mobilities but our strategy is to extend the mobility program also for Faculty of Pharmacy and Midwifery and Nursing Faculty. Third cycle students mobilities represent a special focus of our strategy, doctoral students being encouraged to have a research/training mobility during their doctoral studies. For first cycle students an increase of study mobilities is pursued but also an addition of training /research mobilities is planned.
Because of the long duration of medical and pharmaceutical studies (6 / 5 years which include license and master degree), the number of master degree offered by the University is small (3) and consecutively a small number of students are enrolled in second cycle. But the master students are also targeted for research/training mobilities in their specific study field.
The mobilities for teachers/researchers will be supported and both teaching and training mobilities are encouraged within the University because one important objective is to obtain an increase of the quality of teaching and research. The staff will present the results of their research/training period and they will be asked to suggest improvements of the teaching and research methodology based on the mobility experience.
Another strategic objective is to improve the procedures and support for the incoming students/teachers in order to sustain balanced partnerships based on reciprocity. After setting the English module for the international students, the admittance procedure for the incoming students has been much eased and an important increase of the incoming mobilities has already been recorded. The improvement of ECTS system and transcript of records for the incoming students is also planned in order to increase attractiveness for our University.
The University aims to increase the international visibility by participating to the Programme which will allow to attract more international undergraduate and graduate students and also teachers/researchers.
Even though the University has not been involved in joint programmes, they are considered as possibilities to enhance collaboration and they are welcomed by the University. The funding made available by the Programme for Joint degrees will be taken into account by the University.