Higher education student and staff mobility projec..
Higher education student and staff mobility project
Start date: Jun 1, 2015,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
Currently, the Academy of Fine Arts of Rome (I ROMA06) is strongly committed to improving all the activities related to the internationalisation process, both within and beyond the Erasmus programme, because we are convinced that this is the only way to improve the quality of our syllabuses, to allow new possibilities of cultural growth for our students and staff and to modernise our institution. We strongly believe that the value of our educational path is anchored in the European framework of reference, especially at this time of economic crisis and unemployment, and this constitutes its strength. The urgent and continuing need to measure oneself against wider horizons is also justified by the international character of creativity and arts, which entails going beyond borders and addressing the international stage. Thus, the possibilities opened up by the Erasmus programme offer a unique chance to grow and develop, and our institution is trying to make the most of it.
The Academy is an institution with about 3000 students, many of whom foreigners, 120 permanent professors and about 100 adjunct professors, offering a wide syllabus which covers both traditional disciplines and new technologies in the bachelor's and master's degrees.
The Academy has been participating in the Erasmus Program for more than 15 years , but the results were not always satisfying due to lack of continuity from the management's side. However, the commitment to the Erasmus programme increased in the last months of the past year and has become a major priority of our institution. In spite of many difficulties which are yet to be overcome and stem from the previous management and despite the complexity and excess of red tape for institutions such as the AFAM ones which often lack staff, the objectives pursued have been achieved for all kinds of mobility programmes. We have accomplished 29 SMS, 6 SMP, 5 STT and 2 STA, marking an increase compared with the previous years. Both bachelor and master students have taken part in the SMS, while the SMP has been chosen mostly by the newly graduated thanks to the possibilities opened up by the programme. All the activities carried out during the mobility period have been fully acknowledged in the students' curricula and students have been assigned the corresponding ECTS credits which are registered in the Diploma Supplement. The mobility experience mirrors the students' curricula - they acquire new expertise, improve their language skills and develop the awareness of belonging to the European community. The traineeships offer a subsequent and concrete possibility to gain work experience and open up to new perspectives, above all for the newly graduated.
The STT and STA have been fundamental to establish contacts and consolidate the relationships between partner institutions. Moreover, the possibility for our professors to hold courses abroad contributes to increasing the quality of research and teaching thanks to the exchange of content and methodology among colleagues from different institutions.
The incoming mobility has also proved particularly significant: the incoming students have stimulated our students and contributed to raise their interest in European regions which they would not have considered in the first place. The incoming professors have participated in the Academy's cultural programme through International Lectures in which not only Academy members could participate, but also a wider audience.
The international agreements have been strengthened and increased: we have consolidated collaboration with new institutions in countries with which a partnership already existed and extended it to others (especially in the east of Europe) with which we did not have any agreement.
Finally, the Erasmus Office has undergone major changes to streamline its procedures, both for incoming and outgoing students and professors. Apart from the Coordinator, there is an Assistant working in the Erasmus Office who mainly deals with financial matters in collaboration with the Administration. Since September, we have also had an Assistant in charge of all the certifications and registrations and a scholarship recipient responsible for the secretary work. Moreover, since October, we have welcomed a trainee from the University of Poznan. The recent increase in personnel has allowed to catch up with due work and streamline all the procedures, which is expected to bear fruit in the coming year.
All the activities connected to the Erasmus programme have exerted considerable impact, either directly or indirectly, on our institution.
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