26 Nov 2013

JAMK - the most international higher education institution in Europe

Finland, Greece and Spain have received Erasmus awards for investments made in the quality of teaching and staff mobility.

The 2013 Erasmus awards were given last week to three higher education institutions receiving funding from the Erasmus programme. The first prize went to JAMK University of Applied Sciences.

Internationalisation is one of JAMK’s three strategic priorities and it includes intrinsically both student and staff mobility. The staff mobility is monitored through internal performance and national indicators to ensure quality and maximum impact. The staff at JAMK exploit the opportunities and funding provided by the Erasmus programme for their business trips abroad.

- Staff exchanges are part of our strategy of aiming to improve the quality of teaching and learning. Intensive programmes and partnerships providing a foundation for developing mutual online projects and double degrees are some examples of the strategy’s impact so far. In a double degree programme, students simultaneously complete courses in two different degree programmes in two different countries and higher education institutions. The degree programmes can be from the same field or from two different fields, explains the rector of JAMK, Jussi Halttunen.

- Being granted with a significant quality award will strengthen the international operations of JAMK in the future as well. The Erasmus programme supports JAMK’s strategy and enables the active mobility of staff and students and, therefore, improves the quality of teaching and development of competence.

The other institutions granted with an award were the Technological Educational Institute of Crete in Greece and Politècnica de València in Spain. The three winning institutions, all of which have partnerships in several European countries, were praised for setting an example of the benefits to be gained from strategically utilising staff mobility in order to support and continuously improve the quality of teaching and learning. The European Commission invited all 4 500 higher education institutions
with an Erasmus University Charter to present success stories on staff mobility and short intensive programmes such as international summer  schools. From these, a group of independent experts short-listed 20 of  the best stories from which the three winners were selected.     

Further information:
Jussi Halttunen, rector, 0400 644 913, firstname.lastname@jamk.fi, JAMK University of Applied Sciences