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i. Current situation

The process of adapting to the European Higher Education Area and the European Research Area has strengthened and increased policy planning focused on internationalisation of all the institutions involved in the project and that have invested both time and resources. In the case of the UIB and the UdG, these policies have been focused on the following lines of action (B.C.1; A.C.5; A.B.9):

  • Alliances with universities to create synergies and networks to position the UIB and the UdG in the international scenario
  • Actions to attract international students from foreign educational systems
  • Actions to encourage mobility of students, teaching, research, administrative and service staff and to promote internationalisation at the university

Both universities apply their own policies to promote internationalisation that, in many cases, are similar, whereas in some others they are specific to the university, as we briefly describe below.

Induction programme

Both universities offer induction programmes to attract students and help them feel comfortable at the university. Specifically, the programmes of both universities include the following:

UIB: An integral induction programme of the International Relations Service (SRI), for foreign students (with a special emphasis on students from outside the European Community) in official postgraduate courses or on research visits. The following is handled through this programme:

  1. Applications for renewal of student or research visas in the Immigration Department (filling in forms, submitting documents, etc.)
  2. Census registration at the City Hall of Palma.
  3. Applications for a Citizen’s Travel Pass with the City Transport Company.
  4. Assistance in finding accommodation.
  5. SRI  induction  programme  for  exchange  students  lasts  a  week  and  offers information and support for issues such as: Catalan and Spanish language courses, administrative procedures when arriving at the UIB (Registering in the SRI, student card, obtaining a Citizen’s Travel Pass from the City Transport Company, etc.). A Guide is offered to exchange students and visitors, containing information about practical and academic aspects related to the exchange as well as information about the city of Palma.
  6. Spanish  language  courses  for  foreign  students,  organised  by  the  Department  of Spanish, Modern and Latin Philology and the Language Service. See section 2.a. related to the offer of Spanish courses for foreign students.

UdG: The University of Gerona induction programme includes the following stages:

  1. Pre-preliminary stage: Induction offered at the time a person is interested in information about the UdG. General information is provided about the institution, mainly by e-mail.
  2. Preliminary stage: Starting at the time the party concerned decides to come to the UdG, providing information about the services the university has to offer. A letter of invitation is sent as well as the documents required to request scholarships, information about visas, etc.
  3. In situ stage: This stage begins when the party concerned arrives at the UdG. They are informed about the services offered by the university, accommodation, medical services, banking services, etc. They are also offered a social and cultural induction course.
  4. Subsequent stage: Referring to the relationship maintained when a person returns to his/her home university. Documents are sent and work is currently being carried out with the alumni association to create an international section.

It should be highlighted that the Balearic Islands and Catalonia are the first and second autonomous communities respectively in percentage of foreign students enrolled.

foreigners per CCAA

Percentage of foreigners enrolled in graduate courses by autonomous community. Source: CyD Report 2010

Mobility

Both universities include mobility programmes among their priorities.

UIB: Participation in different exchange programmes managed by the SRI: Erasmus, ISEP and CIEE (USA), CINDA (Latin America), etc. See the table referring to mobility indicators in Appendix 2.a. The participation is also remarkable of the UIB in the Erasmus-Mundus Averroes programme, with universities in France, Italy and North Africa and through which PDI and PAS mobility actions have been carried out.

UdG: Participation in different mobility and exchange programmes managed by the Foreign Affairs Office (ORE). Greater participation in the Erasmus programme, participation of students in the Prometeu programme of the University of Gerona and participation of the University in the Erasmus Mundus External Cooperation Window programme, specifically the Eurindia project can be highlighted.


Scholarships and grants for international Master’s degree students

Both universities make investments to attract international Master’s degree students.

UIB: By means of its own scholarship programme for postgraduate foreign students, the number of scholarships of these characteristics has increased from 0 granted in the 2007-08 academic year to 19 scholarships for €12,000 each in 2009-10: 7 Santander-Latin America scholarships, 4 Telefónica-Latin America scholarships and 8 pre-PhD scholarships offered by the Deputy Rector’s Office for Research and Science Policy. It should be highlighted that the presence of joint UIB-CSIC institutes helps to attract international students through the CSIC’s own scholarship programme.

UdG: Programme for international Master’s degree students.  21 scholarships were offered in the 2008-09 academic year and 30 in 2009-10 and 2010-11, for an amount of €3,000 each. This programme has been very successful and students from all over the world have benefited from it. It has had a particular impact on the most internationalised master’s courses, among which is the Master’s in Tourism Management before being consolidated as an Erasmus Mundus Master’s. The CSIC’s participation in the project, through the Advanced Studies Centre in Blanes, also helps attract international students through the programmes with the CSIC’s own scholarships, as mentioned above.

Double degrees and joint degrees

Double and joint degree projects are a priority target for the UIB and the UdG.

The existing degrees are as follows:

  1. Double PhD degree (PhD in Science and Chemical Technology) and a master’s (Master’s in Science and Chemical Technology) between the UIB and CIMAV (Mexico).
  2. Double master’s degree between the UIB (Master’s in cultural heritage: Research and management) and the Peoples’ Friendship University of Russia.
  3. Joint Erasmus Mundus master’s degree (entire course in English): Master’s in Vision and Robotics from the 2006-07 course of the University of Burgundy (France, coordinator), Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh) and the University of Gerona.
  4. Joint Erasmus Mundus master’s degree (entire course in English): European Master’s in Tourism Management (EMTM), from the 2006-2007 course (Erasmus Mundus from the 2010-2011 course), of the University of Gerona, coordinator), Ljubljana University (Slovenia), the University of Southern Denmark  (Denmark)
  5. Double master’s degree between the UIB (Master’s in cultural heritage: Research and management) and the Perpignan-Via Domitia University.
  6. Master’s in Tourism Economics and the Environment (UIB-University of Algarve, Portugal)

There is also a seminar being held with an expert in the field (Professor Guy Haug) to begin some joint graduate and postgraduate degrees. In the cross-border field, work is being carried out on two proposals for joint master’s degrees with the University of Perpignan, one in the field of tourism and the other in administration and cross-border legislation.

 

Courses taught in English

Teaching in English, especially in the Master’s degrees, is a strong point in both universities.

UIB: There are both undergraduate and postgraduate courses in English. There are 2 degrees (Economics and Business Administration) with itineraries completely in English, as well as 2 Master’s degrees that are also entirely in English (Master’s in Tourism and Environmental Economics and Master’s in Management, Organisation and Business Economics). Other master’s degrees are partially in English, therefore in the 2010-11 academic year, 207 ECTS official master’s study credits were in English.

UdG: Some subjects in its courses at graduate level are in English, especially in the degrees of Tourism, Business Administration and Management. There are 5 master’s degrees in English: 2 Erasmus Mundus  (one  in  Tourism,  and  another  in  Robotics),  and  another  three  in  the  field  of Technology and Computer Science. In addition, it also has a programme to promote teaching in English, which acknowledges teachers who participate in them by multiplying the value of credits taught in English by 1.2 and offering them assistance for reviewing materials.

Other UIB activities

  1. A programme to promote Research by the Deputy Rector’s Office for Research and Scientific Policy, which encompasses the Guest Lecturer sub-programme.
  2. A programme of own post-PhD positions, with 7 post-PhD positions, 5 of which are financed by the CAIB and 2 by the UIB.
  3. The CSIC’s JAE programme also assists in attracting international talent in the UIB-CSIC joint centres.

Other UdG activities

  1. Drawing up the internationalisation chart of the UdG, based on teaching, research and cooperation data and indicators as an instrument for more precise definition of international policy and to monitor the results of actions.
  2. Market surveys on the position of the UdG in the field of master’s degrees
  3. Grant programmes for visits by foreign lecturers to the UdG, short training visits abroad for teaching staff and short-term international actions with students.
  4. Grant for international relocation of young researchers.  To  supplement  external programmes (of the MICINN or the Autonomous Government of Catalonia), which provide grants to university lecturers for short-term research visits, the UdG has been offering similar grants to trainee research staff and young doctors for many years.
  5. The  Study  Abroad  programme,  designed  as  a  set  of  courses  aimed  at  obtaining academic qualifications for foreign students, with a first edition focused on Hebrew and Hispanic studies.
  6. Grants for publishing open courseware

The work carried out to promote the internationalisation of e-MTA Campus has resulted in a progressive increase in the relocation of students and researchers in the last two academic years. In 2009-10, there were 1015 foreign students at the UIB and 700 at the UdG, with a considerable increase in master’s and PhD degrees in the last few years.

Obtaining the acknowledgement of the e-MTA Campus as an International Campus of Excellence will significantly strengthen its international prestige in general, reinforcing the actions carried out by both universities, as well as the already existing cross-border relationship. In particular, by means of a more active communication policy, our aim is to increase the number of international postgrad students, thus helping to attract international talent.

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