International Cooperation

International Cooperation

GENERAL:

The Assistant Dean professor Husein Pašagić, Ph.D. heads the office for International Cooperation at the Polytechnic HrvatskoZagorjeKrapina and is in sharge of supervising all activities pertaining to the implementation of the Erasmus+ programme, especially in terms of forming bilateral agreements, organising the Calls for outgoing students and supervising the execution of the Erasmus Policy and bilateral agreements together with the legal department. He is assisted by the administrative staff together with the newly appointed Erasmus+ coordinator. The administrative team is in charge of the assistance to incoming and outgoing students and appointment of mentors to incoming students. Besides full administrative assistance, the international cooperation team ensures the transparency and transfer of ECTS points for incoming students as well as any additional assistance during the academic semester.

Pursuant to directives by the Ministry of Science, Education and Sport, The Polytechnic HrvatskoZagorjeKrapina fully implements the European Credit Transfer System, with the average number of credits per semester being 30 ECTS points, and per academic year (two semesters) 60 ECTS points. The ECTS points per course are awarded based on student class attendence, seminar and practical classes; student workload in terms of preparation for classes and exams, presentations of seminar papers and exercises, as well as attending practical classes (practicum); preparation for final written and/or oral exam as well as for the final thesis.

For outgoing students and pursuant to inter-institutional learning agreements, all outgoing students are to be awarded with a minimum of 30 ECTS points during their mobility period (a minimum of 1 semester), which the Polytechnic Hrvatsko ZagorjeKrapinarecognises as achievement of their original degree programme and an integral part of their original degree programme. Outgoing students are thus able to continue studying their degree programme in an uninterrupted way. Likewise the Polytechnic makes sure that incoming studentsrecieve their grade and ECTS transcripts, reports on mobility activities and/or Diploma Supplements in time to continue with their original degree programme after the mobility period.

The International Cooperation Office at the Polytechnic HrvatskoZagorjeKrapina will make sure to conduct staff mobility in a transparent and encouraging way, by holding presentations about the programme and inviting all staff to participate. All members of staff will have an opportunity to participate in the Erasmus+ mobility and the Polytechnic will make sure that their duties and responsibilities at the Polytechnic will be covered and attended to during their absence. Staff mobility as well as student mobility forms part of the strategy of the Polytechnic in terms of spreading and sharing knowledge and opening the door of the school to a high level of international cooperation.

 

COURSES:

The Polytechnic ensures that courses offered to incoming students within the Erasmus+ programme and in accordance to the bilateral Learning Agreements are taught in English. These are courses of the 4th semester and the 6th semester of the

Traffic Logistics study programme. The courses can allocate up to 51 ECTS points, so students are able to choose from the list of courses.

List of courses

2nd year

4th semester

Course

Lectures

seminars + exercises

ECTS

Management and Organization of Transport Companies

30

15

6

Materials in Transport

30

15

5

Freight Transport and Storage

30

30

6

Loading Machinery

30

30

6

Transport Infrastructure

30

15

5

3rd year

6th semester

Course

Lectures

seminars + exercises

ECTS

Logistics systems management

30

15

5

Information Systems in Transport

30

15

5

Transportation Management

30

15

5

Information and Communication Transport Management

30

15

3

The Inernet in Transport

30

15

3


300

225

51

 

CREDIT ALLOCATION METHODOLOGY:

  • an academic year lasts 42 weeks
  • the annual study load of a student is 1,680 hours ( 42 x 40 = 1,680)
  • the number of ECTS points per semester is 30, and the number of ECTS points per year is 60
  • the study load which makes 1 ECTS point is 28 (1,680 : 60 =28).

 

The study load is made of:

  • students’ attendance in lectures, seminars and exercises
  • students’ preparation for lectures, seminars and exercises (tutorials included)
  • students’ preparation, research, individual presentations
  • practical work, writing a diary of the practical work, carrying out a project at practical work, preparation for the project defense, the project defense
  • preparation for written and oral exams (reading and studying professional literature, tutorials)
  • duration of the written exam
  •  duration of the oral exam
  • preparation, research, writing and defending the final thesis

 

LANGUAGE POLICY:

The selection of students for outgoing mobility will be based in part on the knowledge of the language in which courses at the host institution are taught. In order to avoid any discrimination in the selection procedure and where there is necessity, the Polytechnic will organise intensive courses of English and German in order to prepare students for outgoing mobility.

The courses will last 10 academic hours, with the purpose of preparing students to take courses at the host institution and to manage living conditions on a day-to-day basis in the host country. The Polytechnic's language policy for incoming students ensures assistance in language matters during study mobility, students who encounter minor language difficulties during their mobility period are awarded a language mentor and 10 academic hours of language assistance in English, German and Croatian.

 

ERASMUS POLICY STATEMENT (OVERALL STRATEGY)

The participation in the Erasmus+ student and staff mobility programme is key constituent of the strategy of the Polytechnic HrvatskoZagorjeKrapina in terms of modernisation and internationalisation of its programme and activities together with its hopeful contribution to the professional and research field in the area of Traffic Logistics and Management.

With the implementation of international student and staff mobility within the Erasmus+ programe, the institution expands its vision to create experts via quality transfer of knowledge onto the international level, together with the strategy to increase the quality of knowledge and expertise transfer through encouragement of outgoing student and staff mobility. With close cooperation and partnership with HEIs in similar field of profession and research we strive to establish high and transparent standards of our degree programmes, with the purpose of gaining recognition on the international educational scene.

The Polytechnic chooses partners in similar professional and research area and in closer geographical region in order to establish a knowledge and expertise sharing experience, to promote regional cooperation in training and education and to enable higher levels of mobility among staff and students in terms of easy flow of movements between the selected HEI partners.

Through the implementation of the Erasmus+ mobility and cooperation programme the Polytechnic hopes to achieve its mission to implement and internationalization strategy in order to become one of the leading regional education institutions in the field in order to provide experts in charge of the regional development of the KrapinaZagorje county within the international policy of the Republic of Croatia.

Our modernisation and internationalization strategy includes continuous innovation in terms of curriculum and teaching methodology, which the Polytechnic hopes to achieve through international regional partnerships within the Erasmus+ Programme based on continuous promotion of student and staff mobility, presentation and recognition of results of mobility activities, organisation of knowledge and experience sharing panels among staff and students.

The Polytechnic student mobility will be implemented on the basis of first cycle study programme in accordance with the Learning Agreements with similar international higher education institutions in order to provide incoming and outgoing students with relevant knowledge and skills pertaining to the area of Traffic Logistics and Management, making their mobility activities integral part of their degree study programme. The key objective in the implementation of student mobility is to make sure that the Polytechnic's internationalization and modernization strategy is achieved through synchrinisation, transparency and relevance of the study programmes on the Europaen level with the purpose of raising the quality and promoting the relevance of higher education in the region.

The key objectives of staff mobility are staff development, acquisition and knowledge of modern teaching methods and approaches, encouragement of staff participation in international projects of knowledge and expertise sharing and encouragement of presentation of staff mobility activities and results with the purpose of modernisation of the study programme curricula.

The overall key aim of the participation of the Polytechnic HrvatskoZagorjeKrapina in the Erasmus+ Programme is to promote the relevance of higher education for the purpose of excellence and development of the region through its modernisation and internationalization policy and strategy. It is through international cooperation that the relevance of the studyprogrammes offered by the Polytechnic can achieve its mission of supplying experts that would implement the European quality standards for the purposes of regional development of the County.

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