Erasmus Policy Statement (Overall Strategy) 2021 – 2027
The University of Chemistry and Technology, Prague (UCT Prague) is a renowned institution with the reputation of being a centre of premier education and research in the fields of technical chemistry, chemical and biochemical technologies, material and chemical engineering, food chemistry, and environmental studies, not only in the Czech Republic but in the whole Central European region.
The mission of UCT Prague is to educate its students to become either top-performing professionals for industry, government or excellent scientists contributing to strengthening the European Union's global competitiveness by developing a knowledge-based, innovative, and environmentally sustainable economy. The integral part of the mission is the active promotion of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to the public and especially aimed to spark the interest of the young generation in STEM. The same importance is assigned to the promotion of the values of democracy, openness, tolerance, education, and culture in our society. To accomplish its mission, the UCT Prague institutional strategy calls for all activities of the UCT Prague to be aimed at profiling the institution as the leading research-oriented university focused on a high-quality basic and applied research with an outstanding international reputation and commits UCT Prague to advance values of equal opportunities and to support the diversity of its students and staff.
The priority objectives (based on the UCT Prague Institutional Strategy) are:
1) Modernisation of the UCT Prague education system to increase quality and efficiency of study
Providing high-quality education is the cornerstone of any educational provider. The education offer should cater to the needs of industry and economy as well as to societal demand. Innovative curriculum development will have to be employed. New teaching delivery methods should be devised, including virtual and blended. Continue in the activity of the development of e-learning and other innovative electronic tools for accredited study programmes to streamline teaching and to achieve better learning outcomes. Use in teaching modern methods of project teaching and sharing of pedagogical capacities and infrastructure with other top workplaces at universities and in the industrial area.
2) Cultural learning of participants and creation of European Education Area
Raising participants' awareness and understanding of other cultures and countries, offering them the opportunity to build networks of international contacts, to actively participate in society and develop a sense of European citizenship and identity. Support activities that will lead towards the creation of European Education Area.
3) Development of key competences of students and strengthening their employability
The employability of graduates is one of the most important metrics for students to compare when choosing a higher-education institution to study. The employability of graduates is increased when they possess key competences, so-called "soft-skills", command a good level of a widely spoken foreign language (ideally two), and had practical experience from industry or business – which every student should acquire during his/her studies at UCT Prague. One of the best ways how to obtain all three is take part in mobility.
4) Effective internationalization of UCT Prague
Internationalization – the long-term objective of UCT Prague is active involvement in the international integration of higher-education and growth of cooperation on the international level in research and education with both European and non-European institutions. International cooperation in research and education is an essential condition for their further development the institution. Student and staff mobility, both outgoing and incoming, creation and implementation of joint study programs, internationalization of all areas of university life will help create an inspiring and stimulating environment at UCT Prague, where new ideas are born.
Subobjective 1 – Promotion of two-way mobility of students and staff
Continuation of promoting two-way mobility of students and staff, including in new formats, such as blended mobility, to help students and staff gain international experience and contacts for the future involvement of students and staff in international projects, creation and modification of study programmes or teaching in a foreign language.
Subobjective 2 – Support of development of Internationalisation at home
Inclusion the international and intercultural dimension into the study programs. Support activities that will help students and staff develop intercultural skills and support international understanding and will effectively support the international character of the university in a globalized world.
The vision is to utilize Erasmus+ Programme to help UCT Prague to accomplish its objectives and to strengthen UCT Prague position on the international level by enabling it to engage in cooperation with institutions within European Education Area as well as outside of it, what would not be otherwise possible at such extent. UCT Prague views the Erasmus+ Programme as an effective tool how to elevate its institutional quality and achieve institutional policy objectives that would otherwise take considerably longer time-period or were even impossible for institution of UCT Prague size and capacity. The participation in the Erasmus+ Programme is therefore an integral part of the internationalisation and modernisation strategy of UCT Prague.