University of Bielsko-BialaWillowa 2
Center of International Exchange
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The University of Bielsko-Biala participates in different kinds of projects within European programmes well-known across the Europe.
Detailed information about the exact projects can be found at: www.dn.ath.bielsko.pl
Lifelong Learning Programme
Lifelong Learning Programme is a special programme proposed by European Commission designed to enable people to stimulate learning experiences and help to develop the education and training sector along Europe. There are four sub-programs funded by the Commission and they cover different levels of education and training: Comenius for schools, Erasmus for higher education, Leonardo da Vinci for vocational education and training, Grundtvig for adult education.
The Erasmus Programme (EuRopean Community Action Scheme for the Mobility of University Students) was established in 1987 and since that year developed widely internationally. It was named after the Dutch philosopher Desiderius Erasmus of Rotterdam. Name of the Programme (Erasmus) also matches with the extended name in the brackets above.
Since the establishment nearly three million Europeans have participated in the programme.
The University of Bielsko-Biala sends and receives students for study period and practical palcements. The period of study can last for the semester or a whole academic year. Placements last for minimum 3 months up to 12 month within the same academic year. Staff Training Assignment and Staff Teaching Assignment are two projects for staff exchange. Normally outgoing staff and students receive grant.
Scholarship and Training Fund
Countries: Norway, Iceland and Lichtenstein have offered to Poland financial aid under common name Norwegian funds. This grant was given to Poland to be used between years 2004-2009 to reduce social and economic differences among the European labor market. Special support was also given to the area of the education known as the Scholarship and Training Fund (STF), to establish and tighten educational contacts between Poland and countries mentioned above. Budget of 90% was given from STF countries; the rest was covered by the Polish State budget. The budgeting has finished in 2011, however a new phase is expected to be started in 2013.
7th Framework Programm
Wide range of the Framework Programmes for Research and Technological Development were developed as a funding programme by European Union to promote, support and encourage researching and technological development. Abbreviations for Frameworks Programmes vary from FP1 to FP8. At this very moment project FP7 is implemented. It had started in 2007 and it will last until 2013. The funding is growing for each Framework.
Human Capital Programm
Programme was implemented by European Union in 2007 and intended for Poland. It will be running until 2013 and will try to help to increase the employment rate and reduce social differences within the country. The special emphasis is shown to make public administration service easier and more quality, to improve professional activity of the individuals, to popularize the educational system. European Union finance 85% of the activities, 15% has to be provided by the national budget.
Science and International Cooperation Office reports directly to the Vice-Rector for Science and Finances.
Department responsible for international cooperation was established in 1993. Since that time the task of developing and intensifying international links has been undertaken in order to give students and staff the opportunity to contact universities abroad. Our institution is active in the European Union programmes such as: Lifelong Learning Programme-Erasmus, The Scholarship and Training Fund and others. Since 1 September 2012 the name of the department was changed into: Academic Exchange Office and since then the office focuses only on didactic issues.