Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy)
The War Studies University has been awarded an Exchange Erasmus University Charter for the period 2014 – 2021.
Charter number: 251730-EPP-1-2014-1-PL-EPPKA3-ECHE
Erasmus ID code: PL WARSZAW68
PIC Number: 972886236
1. WSU’s international strategy.
War Studies University (WSU) is the highest educational institution for commanders in the Polish Armed Forces. However, it educates both military and civilian students in the field of security and defence. It trains civilian personnel for government institutions as well as for local government authorities. The university also conducts advanced scientific research in the field of military science. While filling a niche in the national educational system, WSU is its significant
element, generously contributing to the development of science and learning in Poland as well as cultivating the traditions of Polish military education, started with the renowned Knights’ School in the XVIII century. Aware of its important role in the popularisation of defence knowledge and in training highly-qualified personnel for the national security system, WSU provides a very attractive educational offer and implements the latest didactic trends connected with the concept of Lifelong Learning Programme (LLP). WSU actively cooperates with many universities, institutions and companies from Poland and abroad. It wants to fully meet the aims of the LLP by means of exchange of experience, participation in trainings, multilateral projects and thematic networks. Through active participation in the exchange of students and teachers, WSU aims at developing, as a truly European institution, a European educational model of the highest quality, attractive for both partners from Europe and outside. Taking advantage of its so-far acquired experience and its huge didactic potential, WSU chooses its partners on the basis of a comprehensive understanding between the partner institutions, compatibility of academic profiles of educating military and/or civilian students in the field of security and defence and a relationship of trust between the institutions. Every partnership is preceded by monitoring visits after consultations which take place at relevant levels within the Institution. In this way WSU avoids signing agreements which are not going to be active but provides common academic interests for further projects, thus influencing the development. For University it is important to keep a good balance between all academic areas without any restrictions on geography, population, economy, climate or other. War Studies University identifies shared quality requirements specific to the planned exchanges of students, teaching staff and others based on selection criteria for the nomination by the sending institution. The quality for all partners could not be different from one university to another. WSU regularly monitors the numbers of mobility in existing agreements according to its use, it takes necessary decisions in order to update and optimize mobility places. As for HEIs located in a non-participating country of the programme, WSU has not taken actions. However, by signing agreements, WSU will undertake to respect the principles contained in the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education.
The most important objectives of mobility activities for ensuring the mobility of high quality are obligatorily settled in the learning agreement for students or mobility programme for staff. WSU ensures that outgoing mobile staff and students are given sufficient preparation for their mobility periods including having attained the necessary level of cultural and linguistic proficiency. This includes preparation in different forms, such as meetings, presentations with former students, workshops, feedback from former mobility participants, ending with online courses raising intercultural awareness. WSU follows the principle of equal educational opportunities irrespective of gender, race, nationality or practiced religion and is making efforts to create convenient studying conditions for disabled students as well as efforts to integrate these students with those able-bodied. Students from poorer families obtain support from the system of scholarships and relief funds. WSU’s students are also educated in the atmosphere of respect for human rights and democratic rules as well as equal treatment of men and women. WSU opposes to any forms of discrimination and fights all symptoms of xenophobia and racism. Owing to the pedagogical work of the academic staff and the educational department no such problems have ever been reported at WSU. All students are treated in the same way and have free access to university. WSU campaigns to conclude joint degrees agreements with universities about defence and security character also. The foreseen launching studies will take place within two years and results will be sustainable and lead to future development of the international involvement.
2. WSU’s strategy for the organisation and implementation of international cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the Programme.
Ensuring high quality of implementation of the EU projects, the Rector’s Committee for the Bologna Process has developed procedures for the international cooperation projects. The committee will make final decisions regarding the projects implemented under the EUC. The purpose of the projects in teaching and training is to enhance knowledge and skills of participants through the implementation of a multi-disciplinary program, developed in the framework of EU Programme. The course aims to increase the mobility of students and teaching staff from universities (in qualitative and quantitative terms), to promote the European higher education area and to facilitate access to innovative tools for lifelong learning (e-learning courses). WSU ensures that cooperation leads to sustainable and balanced outcomes for all participants. Participation of WSU in European and international cooperation projects allowed to in a pro-active way realize the objectives and the results which are expected to be achieved. Therefore, WSU make a conscious choice committing themselves to participating in particular projects. Participation in projects is integrated with an internationalization strategy and is based on a specific needs analysis. WSU always analyzes foreseen results of any participation in cooperation projects as sustainable, balanced and leading to the future development of the Institution’s international involvement. WSU undertakes to fully support any student and staff participating in it, both as coordinator and partner. It seek to exploit the results of the projects in a way that will maximize their impact on individuals and participating institutions and encourage peer learning with the wider academic community.
WSU commitment to the projects ensures that the visibility of project activities and results is a priority in order to exploit and maximize the products in the Institution itself.
3. Expected impact of WSU participation in the Programme on the modernisation of institution in terms of the policy objectives intended to achieve.
WSU confirms that its participation in the Programme is part of its own strategy for internationalization. This strategy acknowledges the key contribution of mobile staff and students, and of participation in European and international cooperation projects, to the quality of its higher education programmes and academic experience. At the same time WSU supports the European agenda in higher education within the framework of 5 priorities: (1) every year increasing the
number of WSU graduates, attracting a broader cross-section of the society with its wide offer, creating conditions to complete its courses in an easy way. Through participation in the Programme we are still going to develop qualification frameworks linked to the EQF and create clear progression routes into higher education. An effective way to achieve this will also recognise learning and experience gained outside formal education. (2) Improving the quality and relevance of education in WSU, we build curricula which meet the needs of individuals, needs of the Polish Armed Forces, the civilian labour market and the future careers of alumni. The EU Programmes help us stimulate and reward the excellence in teaching and research. Through them, in course design we adapt the quality assurance to the labour market needs. The variety of studies at WSU includes e-learning modes, part time education and others adapted to public administration
market as well as an increase in the use of IT platforms. Close cooperation with public institutions will allow us to match skills and competences to labour market policies.(3) Participating in next programmes WSU will provide more opportunities for students to gain additional skills through study or training abroad, and to encourage cross-border co-operation. Future trainings for researchers will prepare the ground for the industries of tomorrow. Three levels of education at WSU eliminate unnecessary barriers for students between bachelor and master levels and the cross-border co-operation. Later, WSU will efficiently recognise the credits gained abroad through effective quality assurance, consistent use of ECTS, the DS, and by linking qualifications to the EQF.(4) Mobility by the agency of Erasmus University Charter realized in WSU will reinvigorate the links between education, research and business to promote innovation in higher education through more interactive learning environments and strengthened knowledge-transfer infrastructure. We are going to promote the systematic involvement business in the activity of University, through multidisciplinary interoperability and cross-organisational cooperation of our research center.(5) WSU modernises its structure, funding efficient governance and quality education to match labour market needs. Nowadays WSU activities better identify the real costs of higher education, research and careful targeting of spendings, including mechanisms linked to alternative sources of funding, public and private funds.