Internationalisation strategy and Erasmus Policy Statement
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) is committed to the strategic goals of internationality and mobility. As a university location in the middle of a metropolis of art and culture, multiculturalism is a matter of course. By linking internationality with regionality, intercultural understanding and diversity are to be promoted. In addition to the mobility of students and university staff, the internationalisation strategy of the PLUS primarily includes the development and expansion of sustainable regional and international cooperation as well as international research projects.
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) has successfully applied for the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE), thus creating the conditions for participation in the funding programmes of the new Erasmus+ programme generation 2021-27. In doing so, PLUS commits to the principles of creating a European education area and undertakes to follow the basic principles of the ECHE as part of its mission to promote the mobility of students and university staff.
Internationalisation at the PLUS
The Paris Lodron University Salzburg (PLUS) conducted an Internationalisation Audit in October 2021, a broad audit process in order to structure its profile for the medium and long term, and to build on its internationalisation strategy:
This audit process aids the PLUS in strategically aligning its internationalisation. It follows the model example of German Rectors’ Conference (HRK) audits, along with support from the International Forum at the uniko (Universitätenkonferenz, University Conference).
Detailed here are the necessary steps for the audit process:
- As a preparation for the audit, an internal working group was established at the University: The PLUS Audit Internationalisierungs-Arbeitsgruppe (AG) led by Rector Hendrik Lehnert (President of the University of Salzburg), the Deans and professors of the four faculties and key personnel of the University’s administrative departments. The process is coordinated by the International Relations Department.
- An internal assessment of the PLUS’s internationality, based on a self-report, was carried out from the beginning of 2020 through to 2021.
- This report was submitted to international, independent experts (Auditors).
- The Auditors has made specific recommendations for the internationalisation strategy, which have been examined and will be implemented in the following two years.
- An internationalisation benchmarking is to be carried out at the PLUS in the medium term, which will be based on key performance indicators.
- The Audit, and the planned Re-Audit, has been published in the University’s own Development Plan ( Entwicklungsplan 2022-2027 in German)
- A Re-Audit is planned for the end of 2023 (beginning of 2024 at the latest). As a university that has already been audited, the re-audit will support the PLUS in achieving its internationalisation goals and implementing the measures planned for this purpose. While the Audit will analyse the status quo, the Re-Audit will focus on the process of implementing the recommendations including outlined measures.
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