Erasmus Policy Statement
(2014 - 2020)
LUT's strategic target is to be a scientifically and operatively strong European science university and a highly regarded, attractive and professionally managed international scientific community in the fields of technology and business. The key areas of LUT's internationalisation include the internationalisation of research and education, accreditations, the internationalisation of students and personnel and internationalisation at home. The strategic areas of focus are green energy and technology, sustainable value creation and building an international hub of Russian relations.
LUT will select the very best partners from the international science community. Partners, who match up well with our strategic areas of expertise with science as the cornerstone. We look for complementary partners and added value in our partnerships to achieve a win-win partnership. Common interests in research result in fruitful partnerships. Accreditations and international rankings play an important role in partnership building. LUT has actively strived for programme accreditations thus ensuring the functional quality of the programmes. Partnerships are based on reciprocal cooperation and mobility. Our aim is to cooperate on several levels and intensify the cooperation to maximise the mutual benefits. Generally LUT operates within research, teacher/staff mobility, student mobility and in various project applications (e.g. Tempus, Erasmus Mundus actions). Mobility and employment enhancement related projects include e.g. further development of online education, applying of HR Excellence in Research label, an intensified focus on career services for international students and cooperation with European graduate schools.
In practice new agreements are always based on shared scientific interest and faculty support at LUT. The technical preparation and communication of the agreements is carried out by International Services in cooperation with the LUT schools.
Russia is one of the key geographical areas for international cooperation. Lappeenranta University of Technology has more than 40 cooperation agreements and 15 double degree agreements with Russian universities. The aim of LUT is to build an international hub of Russian relations. Other important geographical areas are the European Union, North America and China. The importance of South America has also been rising during last few years. The Erasmus mobility provides a solid basis for all mobility due to long-lasting partnerships, well-balanced exchange with smooth credit transfer with the ECTS system with European partners. LUT has also acquired a DS label as a proof of active development work in study recognition.
For our cooperative work in education, we will create a platform for implementing joint degree programmes together with the best actors, taking into consideration the needs of businesses. Combining these aspects will give rise to a unique structure, especially in the developing markets, in which universities, companies and the experts of the future can create a competitive advantage. Currently LUT is starting with the first EM Action I joint programme as a partner and is looking forward to future endeavours in joint programmes in the new Programme period.
Lappeenranta University of Technology (LUT) has special focus regarding double degree programmes. LUT has been building double degree programmes with Russian universities for several years. Nowadays LUT has 15 double degree partner universities in Russia. LUT has double degree partners also in Europe and Asia. There is an increasing interest in double degree programmes in doctoral level and they are also under discussion with few European partners.
Recently LUT has entered a benchmarking project which studies the best practices of Russian and European double degree programmes. The project aim is to crystallise best practices in planning, administration, coordination and development in double degree programmes. The initial dissemination will take place in the form of thesis, which aims at promoting well-proven practices within double degree programme management.
Student mobility on first and second cycle is an integral part of LUT degree programmes curriculum. We offer every degree student an opportunity to study abroad during their studies. Exchange of teachers is also encouraged to promote cooperation and credit recognition in the long run. International mobility is a part of all third cycle degree programmes, too. Mobility is encouraged and supported in all levels of staff (professors, researchers, administration, teachers etc.). An example of this is an open annual call for staff to apply for staff exchange for 1-2 weeks. These exchange periods are supported by Erasmus funding and LUT internationalisation funds. The mobility at all levels is seen as the key to an intensive cooperation and partnership.