HMKW Erasmus Policy Statement

HMKW offers degrees in journalism and communication, graphic design, media- and economic psychology, as well as media- and event management with the aim of preparing students to enter the European labour market. HMKW's main objectives are to provide a high quality learning and teaching experience with an international dimension and mobility of students and teachers being a key aspect.

HMKW recognises the ever-increasing importance of international intellectual activities and that a broad network of links with European institutions is crucial to meet these objectives.

HMKW is therefore committed to international cooperation, to enabling participation in student and staff exchange and to multilateral projects, and to offering students the opportunity to carry out their compulsory internships or work placement in European companies (following the European Quality Charter for Mobility). Participation in Erasmus is an essential tool for achieving HMKW's goals and objectives. Receiving students and teachers from other European countries will also contribute to the international dimension of education at HMKW. To facilitate exchanges, language training in English is mandatory for all our students and some courses are offered in English.

HMKW cooperates in a bilateral way with other European institutions from Austria, Belgium, Finland, France, Great Britain, ltaly, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Portugal, and Turkey and is working on building up further bilateral cooperative activities. Joint workshops have been held, students from other institutions have been invited to start joint courses in Berlin and Cologne. Teaching exchanges are in place with institutions in Great Britain and Finland. These cooperative activities are the basis for medium and longer term bilateral cooperation agreements. Staff members are involved in teaching activities and participate in networks like the International Circle of Educational lnstitutes for Graphic Arts.

HMKW is committed to engaging actively with the Bologna process. HMKW uses the ECTS system thoroughly and offers a diploma supplement for all students. Erasmus participation and mobility for both, students and staff will contribute to ensuring the comparability of study programmes and to their development and high quality.

An International Office has been installed, whose goals are to establish, develop and promote ties across Europe and to develop the Erasmus programme for HMKW. A development strategy and working programme for the next five years covering EU and non-EU cooperations has been defined and communicated to the staff and students.

Procedures and structures for the implementation of Erasmus are displayed on the HMKW website, distributed to all staff and students and policy statements issued to students and staff as well as the public outside HMKW. Presentations have been and will be made to classes and information sessions held. Erasmus experience will be communicated on our website and in social media. Activities are reported to local media.

The aims for students is that in a leng term 20 - 25% of the students to participate within three years on a students exchange or on work placement. The implementation of Erasmus at HMKW has been started in the academic year 2013/14 with excellent initial success for students as well as teachers in terms of number of applications. The international office will perform activities to encourage students from other countries to study at HMKW. An initial activity to encourage students from the bilateral partners is successful in terms of announced visiting students.

Teacher mobility is being encouraged and facilitated. The intial strategic plan to have one teacher participating in exchange activities per year has been met. The number will increase as HMKW grows and the implementation of Erasmus will take place at teachers level. Staff exchange within the Erasmus framework will support the exchange of best practices in teaching and administration.

The strategic plan requires increasing participation in multilateral projects and networks related to LLP. Research programmes with participation of HMKW teaching and research staff will start in fall 2013.

  1. lncreasing attainment levels to provide the graduates and researchers Europe needs: lmplementing Erasmus at HMKW has already proved to create large resonance among students, staff and persons interested in studying at HMKW. The support of mobility activities clearly contributes to HMKW attractiveness and to the steadily growing number of students at HMKW both in Berlin and Cologne.
  2. lmproving the quality and relevance of higher education: Participation in the programme will allow an exchange on best practices in higher education throughout Europe and thus contribute to increasing the flexibility in HMKW study programmes and the variety of study modes at HMKW.
  3. Strengthening quality through mobility and cross-border cooperation: With the aim to prepare HMKW students for the European labour market, mobility clearly contributes to the high relevance of the study programmes. The participation to the programme will have an impact on quality assurance and increase efficiency of recognition of credits gained abroad.
  4. Making the knowledge-triangle work: Linking higher education, research and business for excellence and regional development. HMKW is well embedded in local and regional economic networks and relationships, and uses its network to attract exchange students and guest lecturers from partner institutions. lntercultural exchange on the other hand promotes the growth of HMKW regional and local networks. HMKW promotes entrepreneurial activities of students and uses entrepreneurial experience of teaching staff to create opportunities for innovation in education. Participating in the programme will allow an expansion of this policy to a European and international Ievel.
  5. lmproving governance and funding: The participation in the Programme will allow a transfer of best practices from cooperation partners to HMKW and thus allow improvements in cost management and human resource management at HMKW. Furthermore it will give access to alternative sources of funding, including using public funds to leverage private and other public investment.