Erasmus+ KA 107
The purpose of the Erasmus+ program is to provide new skills to young people working and studying at higher education institutions, strengthen their personal development and increase employment opportunities. This program is collected under the heading Erasmus+, including the Youth Program with Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Comenius and Grundtvig programs, 5 international cooperation programs (Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink and Cooperation Program with industrialized countries) operating within the framework of the "Lifelong Learning Programs". The meanwhile, the scope of cooperating countries has expanded. Within the framework of the mentioned program, Azerbaijan, the country of the Eastern Partnership, will be able to use the following opportunities in the field of Higher Education:
· Joint master's programs
· Credit mobility (former Erasmus Mundus)
· Capacity building projects (former Tempus)
Our University has bilateral cooperation with 61 universities from 20 foreign countries, including fruitful cooperation with 7 leading universities of Europe within the framework of the Erasmus + KA1 exchange program. The University joined Erasmus+ program in the academic year of 2016/2017. In the first academic year ATU sent 2 students to study abroad within mobility program and by 2022/2023 this number increased to 24 students, which is considered a substantial growth.
Thus, each semester a number of students from different faculties take part in Erasmus+ KA1 exchange program. They are directed to different universities of Europe, such as Schmalkalden University of Applied Sciences from Germany, Bialystok University of Technology, Warsaw University of Ecology and Management, Silesian University of Technology from Poland, University of Jaen and University of Granada from Spain, Gheorghe Asachi Technical University of Iasi from Romania to gain experience of study process and improve their foreign language skills. The duration of the mobility program is almost 5 months for bachelor and master degree students that is quite a long period of gaining new experience, whereas for doctoral students, they can conduct research in foreign universities for a period of 3 months. Student mobility seems to be an excellent opportunity for students to fully immerse in foreign cultures on a daily basis, negotiate meanings, or even to reinvent themselves.
The meanwhile, Erasmus + provides opportunities for academic and administrative staff exchange to deliver lectures/seminars in higher education institutions of foreign partner countries. The duration of training at the University, where the program is carried out with EU financial support, covers 5 days (1 Week) (excluding travel time).
Over the last 5 years through these exchange programs, a total of 12 academic and administrative staff has been involved. Additionally, more than 40 university employees have participated in international trainings in a number of European universities within the Capacity Building in Higher Education (CBHE) Erasmus + projects.