The educational programs of the European University of the Atlantic foster collaboration and cooperation between nations to enrich the students’ training with a clear international vocation, guaranteeing an education model with effective results based on an investment that goes beyond basic education, focusing on knowledge and institutional and individual learning. All of this due to that the educational model offers a global high quality training. One of the main objectives of the university is to expand internationally, specifically, establish close relationships with European and non-European Spanish-speaking countries, since more than six hundred million people speak Spanish and, on top of that, we share some things with Latin America, such as the values and beliefs, history, cultural references, aesthetic taste, etc. The educational model considers pedagogical and educational innovation as the cornerstone that eases, boosts and enhances a training process consisting of learning in a high quality environment, which enables the student to be in a multicultural environment, a highly relevant aspect if the current importance of internationalization in business and relations is taken into account.
- Fostering cooperation and reciprocity: learning as a collective effort.
- Taking advantage of the possibilities the ICT offer to interact with the citizens and institutions from various countries.
- Encouraging and promoting the continuous communication and interaction between professors and students from several countries.
- Implementing a strategy to establish relationships and alliances with universities and institutions from different countries.
- Fostering the participation of foreign students via exchange and cooperation programs and through implementing language courses.
- Personalizing the learning, taking into account the differences between students and their different ways of learning.
The international nature means that students can take part in the Erasmus+ program via the different agreements signed with other foreign universities. Furthermore, it boosts the participation of professors and the rest of the staff in research projects with their peers in European and Latin American universities.
Every exchange and collaboration program are clearly a benefit for all the university community. The European University of the Atlantic has access to a great number of educational institutions at Latin American countries due to its association with the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER). As an independent and accredited institution in Spain, it is in the middle of the process of confirming the collaboration commitment to Latin American universities and to start relationships with European universities within the Erasmus program. We are actively looking for partners who share the same compatibility criteria in terms of the academic programs that are offered, the linguistic requirements and the focus on the development of professional abilities, including the opportunity to make an internship.
The geographical area we have a special interest in is Latin America, which is already a consolidated part of the international relations of the university. Similarly, the university is rapidly evolving, identifying and contacting partners in Europe (England, France, Germany, Poland, Sweden, Italy, Ireland), Africa (Senegal, Kenya, Nigeria) and China.
The main objectives of the mobility will be the exchange of students, exchange of the teaching staff and the administrative staff. The university also counts on a generous offer of Dual Degree Programs and is currently for possible collaborations with other institutions to create dual degrees.
Erasmus+ Program Organization
The European University of the Atlantic, in collaboration with the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER), an institution that is closely linked to the university, participates in cooperation projects in and out of Europe. The university’s intention is to intensify its activity, especially in projects that bind European institutions with Latin American institutions, where the university already has a great deal of university partners.
It is of vital interest for the university to participate as a partner or as a leader in projects together with higher education institutions with whom there are common interests. First of all, the projects related with business, nutrition, sports, languages, psychology and engineering will be prioritized. The idea is to look for projects that have been suggested by other universities or to generate original projects that are transversal and integrate/combine several academic areas at the same time. In other words, the projects need to cover more than one area (languages and psychology, nutrition and sports, or languages) for this means a great benefit for both professors and students.
The result must be satisfactory for both the participating universities and their regions. The aim is to look for results that have an impact on the university and the society, in teaching and research and in development and innovation.
The innovation projects are channeled and managed via the CITICAN Centre for Research and Industrial Technology of Cantabria, an interdepartmental organization of the European University of the Atlantic. . CITICAN lies on an organizational structure with a management and administration and actively takes part in local, regional and international projects. The objective now is to extend the scope of the activities as to achieve a greater internationalization. For that reason, the ERASMUS+ support will be key to enhance more projects in more diverse areas and with the participation and involvement of all the university community members.
The European Commission has established the following five priorities for higher education within the European Union:
- Increasing the number of people holding a higher education diploma
- Improving the quality and efficacy of education and training
- Boosting the mobility of teaching staff and students in trans-national cooperation programs
- Strengthening the so-called “knowledge triangle”, linking training, research and innovation
- Creating efficient mechanisms to manage and finance higher education
The European University of the Atlantic was created as the result of fourteen years of international cooperation by the Iberoamerican University Foundation (FUNIBER), the institution that founded the university. Now, in its second year operating, the university has a clear vision of turning the internationalization objectives into one of the main supports of the higher education experience of its students.
The university lies on a very large and important international scope, which is the result of the relationships established via FUNIBER. One of the university’s priorities is to strength the relationships between European institutions with the ERASMUS+ program, at the same time that it keeps reinforcing and extending the programs with countries that are partners of Latin America, as well as with other countries, specially Asia and Africa.
The university is located at a small region in Spain, which is precisely in the middle of a greater development at an international level. That is the reason why the university aims to send its students to European institutions so that they can expand their experience and get familiar with their profession beyond their region. Apart from that, another vision of the university is to bring students from other countries to study in this region in order to enrich the multicultural context in the university and to integrate foreign students into the region. In the long term, the mission is to achieve not only an internal internationalization, but also one that reaches the business community so that the internationalization of a region is eased, a region that needs to be modernized and to increase its possibilities to create jobs through the establishment of relationships with other countries.
The professional areas that will be positively impacted by the internationalization are languages, education, psychology, sports and nutrition, business management and engineering. Each one of these areas is focused on the development of the professional abilities, among which are the linguistic competence, studying at a foreign country and international internships. All the academic degrees are accredited by the corresponding bodies from Spain, and includes as an integral part of its degrees language and culture learning.
The teaching staff is made up by professionals who have been previously hired in accordance with their expertise in the area, experience and linguistic competence in more than one language, as well as in accordance with their knowledge of other cultures. Therefore, some lessons are taught in English, from a multicultural perspective. Moreover, the teaching staff takes part in the university's internationalization process, since they help establish research and development programs with peers from other institutions, be they in or out of Europe. The majority of professors has conducted some research at a national or international level and will continue to do so within the ERASMUS+ context.