Pomeranian University in Słupsk in accordance with the centuries-old tradition of the European Universities refers to the universal values: truth in science, the Community character of knowledge and teaching, respect for various opinions and relations between teachers, PhDs and students. The University performs its mission by conducting education and research in multiple areas. Heritage and modernity of Pomerania, Study in Pomorskie project and presence of Pomorskie in the European Union Association obliges the University to strengthen international relations and promote the concept of intercultural dialogue. In the vision, Pomeranian University in Słupsk aims to its main goal - to obtain a university status through four strategic objectives in the University strategy for 2013-2022.
The strategic objectives are implemented by:
-obtaining a university status through participation in projects financed by European Union, which will support the development of the University, improve language skills of the academic staff, improve competences and level of support in the field of didactics
-high level of education, which is related to offering an attractive educational offer and cooperation with the local, regional, European, global Surrounding and academic staff qualifications. The base for undertaking of didactic activities at the highest level is scientific research characterized by the elements of innovation. Increasing the level of competence of the academic staff through the exchange of thoughts, exchange of experience, strengthening the research potential (it is essential to internationalize scientific research through increasing the number of international researcher mobility; active participation in the EU programmes; creating research consortiums with the Surrounding; promoting results of scientific research; increasing the number of international publications; increasing the number of scientific and didactic mobilities; development of the cooperation with the Surrounding are the key elements. Another important component is the growth of the internationalization and the number of foreign students. This assignment is implemented by various actions such as study visits of the authorities and staff at partner universities, promoting semester exchanges and studying at Pomeranian University in Słupsk in frames of Erasmus programme.
Prior actions of Erasmus programme to Pomeranian University in Słupsk are „The mobility of higher education students and staff” and „Partnerships for Cooperation and exchanges of practices”. Through the Erasmus programme participation Pomeranian University in Słupsk is planning to:
1. Strengthening academic character:
- Developing cooperation with other domestic and foreign scientific institutions (universities), as well as cultural, educational, administrative, economic, health, environmental protection institutions, and others in order to carry out the mission of the University.
2. Improvement of educational conditions:
- Developing inter-university and international academic staff mobility
- Employing a broader range of visiting professors, both Polish and foreign ones
- Developing student exchanges organized within the framework of international programmes and bilateral agreements
In the strategic document for the period 2013-2022, the internationalization process is included in three strategic objectives, depending on the target group. The operational objective “internationalization of the education process” was introduced to the strategic objective of “high level of education”. Its aim is a potential increase in mobilities and exchanges within the framework of European programmes, an attempt to raise external funds under various programmes (e.g. Erasmus) and analysis of bilateral agreements signed with Eastern European partners and the extension of cooperation including long-term student exchanges (min. 1 semester) as well as joint obtainment of a double diploma. Under the short- and long-term exchanges there are planned and carried out language courses, cultural presentations and sightseeing tours in order to gain knowledge about our country and culture of the mobility participants.
3. Strengthening the research potential:
The university aims to increase:
- the number of researcher mobility
- exchange of experience with European units
- employment rate of foreign researchers at the University
- the implementation of joint interdisciplinary research and development project
4. Development of cooperation with the Surrounding:
- extension of cooperation with scientific and economic centres both in the country and abroad. The main aim of the task is to undertake joint research for the purpose of scientific and economic development
The mission of the University also includes provision about the University as a scientific and research as well as a teaching institution, which in relation to its geographical location in the centre of Europe and by the Baltic Sea shall cooperate with member countries of the European Union, of which we are a member. Meanwhile, we are coming forward to meet the Eastern Europe, whose scientific institutions make use of experience of the University, within the framework of the Bologna System.
The expected impact of Pomeranian University in Słupsk participation in the Erasmus programme and the modernization of the Institution is a broadly defined international cooperation both in terms of scientific research and implementation of educational process is such an important factor in development of the University that it has been included in three of four strategic objectives in the University strategy for 2013-2022. The internationalization of research programmes carried out by our staff members or undertaken under new contacts will certainly contribute to the exchange of experience in various areas of science, which ought to result in their dynamic development. At the same time, an increase in student and doctoral student mobility will allow us and our partner universities to extend subject-matter knowledge under implemented study programmes and to increase its quality. It will also allow an acquisition of knowledge about customs, traditions and cultural diversity of European countries. What is more, the institution implementing a wide range of international cooperation increases its prestige in the field of science. It should also be added that development in the above mentioned areas is important for the development of the business sector- in the region, country and in Europe, because only cooperation, exchange of experience and implementation of scientific and economic ventures stabilize and enhance development of all cooperating units.