Since its inception, the University College of Tourism and Ecology has placed great emphasis on internationalisation and has done everything possible to ensure that its students benefit from studying in an international environment. The university’s numerous initiatives, its preparation, standard and staff competences have resulted in it being awarded the extended Erasmus Card for Higher Education for the period 2021-2027. This is the highest and key confirmation of the university’s entry into the quality framework of activities in the Erasmus+ programme area.
WSTiE’s European initiatives to date have brought a number of benefits to the university, including building a network of partnerships, acquiring know-how and building a reputation on the European education scene. Thanks to the extended card and the application for full accreditation for all actions of the programme, the University College of Tourism and Ecology will be able not only to continue its current activities, but also significantly expand their scope. The university will be entitled to apply for funding for student and staff mobility, Erasmus Mundus joint master courses, Strategic Partnerships (aimed at implementing and disseminating innovative solutions in higher education institutions), Knowledge Alliances (projects carried out by higher education institutions in cooperation with businesses) and “Capacity Building in Higher Education” projects (which support cooperation with partner countries from other regions of the world).
The COVID-19 pandemic is significantly affecting the implementation of many projects, but thanks to the increased budget (€26 billion, twice as much as in 2014-2020), holders of the new Erasmus Card for Higher Education will be able to adapt their own procedures and activities. It is already clear that there will be new types of mobility, as well as the possibility to apply for national grants of all those institutions that benefit from EU funds. Following modern trends and trying to maintain the highest level of educational services in times of pandemics, a dynamic implementation of programme digitisation instruments (e.g. Erasmus without Paper) is also planned. Drawing up new plans, WSTiE is also beginning to settle and analyse the current programme, ending in 2022. On this basis, the university will be able to draw conclusions, modify the action plan and support international education of students as effectively as possible.