Istanbul Kemerburgaz University has been awarded with the Erasmus University Charter in 2011, being among the first universities in Turkey to receive the Erasmus Charter in its first year of education. This new Charter further increases the opportunities available to students and faculty (for instance, student placements/traineeships abroad for three months as well as short-term research opportunities for young academic staff).
Istanbul Kemerburgaz University fully embraces the Bologna Process, designing its educational programs and procedures in accordance with it. The European Credit Transfer System (ECTS) has been introduced in all degree programs offered by the university as the standard internal credit accumulation system and the infrastructure is created to award Diploma Supplement to the graduates. The university is committed to give full recognition for satisfactorily completed activities.
The European Union’s Erasmus program allows 200.000 students to study and work abroad each year. It lets students and academic staff to have higher education institutions across Europe.
The Erasmus Program aims to give clout to European Higher Education and foster innovation throughout Europe. It is a principle force in the modernization of higher education in Europe and has inspired the launch of the Bologna Process.
The Erasmus Study Abroad and Exchange Program belongs to EU’s Lifelong Learning Program since 2007 and extended to covering areas in university staff training, student enterprises, and teaching for enterprise staff. The Erasmus Program aims to reach three millions Erasmus students by 2012.
At the Lisbon European Council in March 2000, government leaders set the EU a 10-year mission to become the most competitive and dynamic knowledge-based economy in the world, capable of sustained economic growth with more and better jobs and greater social cohesion. Lifelong Learning is the key element of this strategy. central not only to competitiveness and employability but also to social inclusion, active citizenship and personal development.
Following the adoption by the Commission on 21 November 2001 of the Communication on making a European area of Lifelong Learning a Reality. Lifelong learning has become the guiding principle for the development of education and training policy. The Communication sets out concrete proposals that aim to make lifelong learning a reality for all.
In June 2002, the Education Council adopted a Resolution on Lifelong Learning supporting the implementation of the Commission Communication.
Lifelong learning encompasses learning for personal, civic and social purposes as well as for employment-related purposes. It takes place in a variety of environments in and outside the formal education and training systems. Lifelong learning implies raising investment in people and knowledge; promoting the acquisition of basic skills, including digital literacy; and broadening opportunities for innovative, more flexible forms of learning. The aim is to provide people of all ages with equal and open access to high-quality learning opportunities, and to a variety of learning experiences, throughout Europe. Education systems have a key role to play in making this vision a reality. Indeed, the Communication stresses the need for Member States to transform formal education and training systems in order to break down barriers between different forms of learning.
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