THE INTERNATIONALIZATION STRATEGY OF HELLENIC MEDITERRANEAN UNIVERSITY
It is an open secret that the European programs for Research and Education, and particularly the Erasmus Programme, are the driving force for an ever increasing and more strategic approach of internationalisation in Higher Education Institutions. These programs have a great impact on universities, both in the personal improvement of students and staff members, and to boost the employability of their graduates.
Globalization is strongly affected by a dynamic and ever evolving combination of political, economic, socio-cultural and academic effects. These incentives are taking different forms and dimensions in different regions and countries, as well as in various Higher Education Institutions. Having all these matters in mind, the Hellenic Mediterranean University has in its mission, as stated in the report to the evaluation authorities, “….(e) To promote the cooperation with other Universities, Higher Education Institutions and Research Centers in Europe and Worldwide. The mobility of students and staff members helps to build stronger Higher Education and Research in a country and in the realization of the European Higher Education and Research era.
The internationalization policy of the Hellenic Mediterranean University is based on the following axes:
- To import know-how and best practices in research & technology and education from technologically developed countries
- To export know-how and best practices to developing countries
- To promote relations based on countries being ‘good neighbors’ and countries with common historical and cultural heritage legacies.
The strategy of the internationalization of the Hellenic Mediterranean University on the one hand moves in the direction of strengthening the cooperation with European universities within the Erasmus and the other research and operational programmes and to expand its partnerships with universities in countries situated in our vicinity. So we are particularly looking for partner universities in the Western Balkans, East European Neighboring and South Mediterranean Countries.
At the same time it is very important for our internationalization strategy to also begin research and educational activities with East African countries (developing countries) using a mobility tool (and Erasmus International Mobility is one of them) in order to transfer technology that will enable states to benefit from technology transfer and financial aid.
The scientific fields in which we are focusing our technology transfer to the developing countries are those in which the Hellenic Mediterranean University has a comparative advantage over other educational establishments of the island (Tourism, Agriculture, Energy) or has a very strong background (New Technologies, Welfare, Health Services, Informatics). Our efforts will focus on having a cooperating University from these countries, if this will be possible, and in some cases maybe more universities in order to cover, as much as possible, more subjects. The success of our efforts will result in addition to the creation of thematic networks between partner universities that will contribute even more to achieve our goals.
Of course we would like to benefit from the technology transfer from more developed industrialised countries, both European and non-European, and we would also try to find the ways of collaborating with Universities & Research Centres from these countries as well.
ACADEMIC DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE OF HELLENIC MEDITERRANEAN UNIVESITY
Since its establishment in 1983 Hellenic Mediterranean University was open to collaboration with HEI abroad. Crete is the homeland of “Xenios” Zeus, the patron deity of hospitality and thus keeping the long tradition, Hellenic Mediterranean University (HMU) seeks the cooperation with foreign institutes putting into practice the policy of internationalization.
With more than 150 signed bilateral agreements between HMU and other HEI abroad, Hellenic Mediterranean University is one of the most active Institutions in Greece and got an ERASMUS award from EU.
Now under the new ERASMUS + programme HMU intent to expand the collaboration not only with European Universities but also with HEI and Research Institutions all over the World becoming a real International University
From the position of Academic Institutional Coordinator of International Relations Office I would like to address a warm welcome to our partners abroad and I believe that my colleagues in the office and I will do our best to be satisfied from your stay here and to combine research and studies in HMU with the deeper knowledge of Crete (its history, nature, culture and way of live) and become our best ambassadors in your countries.
Dr. Ioannis Kaliakatsos
Professor – Academic Director of the International Relations Office
EMERITUS DIRECTOR OF THE INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS OFFICE
Located on the beautiful Mediterranean island of Crete, the HMU provides university level education for the students of Greece and international incoming students. The HMU has always welcomed foreign students, participating in all major European programmes (Socrates, Erasmus, Leonardo da Vinci, Tempus, Alpha, EC/US and others). Today we are cooperating with more than a hundred and fifty foreign Universities and other Institutions in Europe, Asia and the United States. The ECTS grading system and the Diploma Supplement (DS) have been successfully implemented in all our Departments and facilitate the recognition of studies for both incoming and outgoing students.
As an Erasmus student at our HMU you will have the opportunity not only to study a variety of courses offered in our Departments or do a practical training but also to experience the Hellenic way of life and participate in several cultural and recreational events organized during your stay. The staff and students of the Hellenic Mediterranean University will do their best to make you feel comfortable and at home in the friendly environment of our campus. You will also have the chance to meet many other students from other countries with different backgrounds, languages and cultures that will surely enrich your view of the world and contribute to your personal development.
The purpose of this guide is to provide you with useful information as a prospective Erasmus student, planning to come to the Hellenic Mediterranean University for studies and/or training. It will also help you make the most of your stay in Crete and we hope that you will find it both interesting and informative.
During your stay in Crete you will have the opportunity to travel around the island and discover a land of unique beauty and historical treasures.
The multilingual, multinational and friendly staff of the International Relations Office (IRO) of the HMU will always be ready to assist and guide you in any matter or problem you may encounter from the first moment you arrive at our HMU until your last day of departure.
I sincerely hope and believe that your stay in Crete and your studies at the HMU will prove to be both successful and unforgettable.
Emeritus Professor Ioannis Vlahos
Emeritus Director of the International Relations Office