The Internationalisation 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 HMU 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 HMU 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 African and Asian 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 HMU 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.