Since its foundation in 2006, a key element of Usak University's approach to Internationalisation, both in Europe and worldwide is its everlasting commitment to partnership development. The University has developed an array of international collaborations through bi-lateral and multi-lateral partnerships at all levels. The University's international cooperation strategy is developed and implemented continuously by pursuing the principles of quality culture, lifelong learning, openness, transparency and equal opportunities. Usak University is fully engaged with the Bologna process and is committed to the development of integrated programmes of study, training and research with partner institutions across Europe and beyond. The primary strategy is to take full advantage of current and upcoming collaborative arrangements which will be funded by the Programme. These objectives and strategy directly reflect those to be articulated in the university’s Strategic Plan for the period of 2014-2020. Continuing further engagement in mobility programmes is the main priority in accord with the Strategic Plan outlined for the Bologna Process. The student experience is central to the future development of learning and teaching at Usak University. Internationalisation is well regarded for enriching the educational experience of the University. Participation in international platforms organised internationally in other countries serve and will continue to serve as networking tools. Examining our institution's existing quality culture and meeting the requirements of quality assurance policy within the framework of the European Standards and Guidelines for Quality Assurance will be very crucial for our institution in supporting itself in the continuing development of its strategic management and internal quality culture.
a) In choosing our partners, a swot analysis was carried out to see our stronghold academic units and corresponding respective institutions in the EU Member States were approached. Alongside the swot analysis, staff in academic units were asked to realise their networking capability and use their existing institutional/personal links for initiating partnerships. Over the years of mobility with our partners, our agreements were monitored on the basis of several criteria such as the performance for previous years, quality of the partnership, number of participants benefitted from the partnership, balance of the partnership, post-mobility reports from the participants, student & staff views, and other academic/project cooperation opportunities initiated. Monitoring and reviewing of partners to ensure relevance to courses and employability of graduates is an ongoing process.
b) The geographical spread of partner institutions has already been developed, with the intention to develop further networks related to the degree, exchange courses were offered. We now have around 100 bilateral agreements in a variety of academic fields with different Universities from the EU Member States. The countries in the EU where a partnership agreement not being previously initiated will be our main target areas for the next European Mobility period.
Erasmus Programme, as part of the current internationalisation strategy, followed in most of the Turkish HEls, we have managed to attract international students from a wide range of countries. To enhance mobility opportunities for students and staff, the University aims to develop its partnerships with institutions worldwide. On a global scale, several attempts have also been initiated for establishing academic cooperation
The most important objectives and target groups for our mobility activities will be to develop cooperation with partners in EU or non-EU countries, promote and support student and staff mobility included from underrepresented groups at short cycle, recognise the importance of, and provide visibility to, the results achieved by our staff members in individual mobility or in cooperation projects with strategic partners, to develop our international performance, and to enrich the educational experience of our student and staff.