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Erasmus programme at the University of Economics

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ERASMUS programme is focused on mobility and cooperation on the level of high school education in Europe. The final report of NAEP’s (National Agency for European Educational Programmes) system audit states that the system of ERASMUS programme realization at VŠE is on a high level. VŠE also obtained positive evaluation from the European Commission.

University of Economics, Prague is a part of ERASMUS project (one of the most important projects of EU) since 1998. The main goal of the ERASMUS programme is to support mobility of high school students, teachers and other staff who want to get an international experience. ERASMUS programme is organised at 90 per cent of European universities from 31 countries and its annual turnover is about 440 million Euros.

ERASMUS programme at VŠE is a key element of long-term strategy of internationalization. VŠE cooperates with 85 partner universities from 24 European countries. Students have the possibility to study in 6 European languages. In academic year 2008/2009 there were 263 students, 27 teachers and 10 employees of VŠE participating in ERASMUS programme.

In November 2009, ERASMUS programme system audit was realized by NAEP at VŠE. The goal of the audit was to review functionality of ERASMUS programme at the university. Evaluation focused on 12 thematic parts: (1) ERASMUS programme strategy; (2) The system of mobility management and its implementation; (3) Control mechanism implementation within the programme including risk analysis; (4) Institutional coordinator; (5) Informedness and publicity of the programme; (6) Partner universities; (7) Contractual relations; (8) Students; (9) Staff in higher education; (10) Financial resources; (11) Finance and accounting; (12) Programme evaluation.

Evaluation was based on the 4 level of risk scale:

  • high significance requiring high attention;
  • medium significance (particular area is conducted but needs higher attention);
  • low significance (particular area is well-managed but there are some parts that could be improved);
  • no risk identified.

Audit‘s results are very positive for VŠE. 12 areas were identified as „no risk“, three areas were classified as the areas with risk at a low significance level (area 3, 10 and 11).

According to the report, the strength of VŠE is high-quality management of the following parts: students mobility evidence in the Integrated Study Information System (ISIS), the system of careful procedure of students‘ mobilities and choice of partners‘ institutions and system of contractual relations with partners‘ institutions.

VŠE also obtained positive evaluation after November monitoring of quality and impacts of ERASMUS programme during the visit of DG for Education and Culture director, Ms. Natasha Sander.