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Erasmus Charter & Policy

Erasmus Policy Statement

AP University of Applied Sciences and Arts offers professional bachelor degree programmes in four departments and art (bachelor and master) programmes in two Schools of Arts. 
AP combines the competences of Artesis and Plantijn, who have gained experience in student and staff mobility, participation in and organisation of Intensive Programmes, Leonardo Projects and Interreg projects.

The university college focuses on social and cultural development and lifelong learning through offering a wide range of professional and artistic programmes with an international dimension. AP sees internationalisation as a means of innovation and value creation in society, which makes a valuable contribution to the realisation of the European knowledge economy. AP aims for every student & staff member to carry out the international mission of the university college. AP strives for every student’s programme to achieve a degree of international competence and also for every staff member to adopt an international attitude.

AP aims at enhancing the global, social, cultural and economic development of the Antwerp region. The university college invests in strategic partnerships with regional and international organisations and companies and other higher education institutions. To realise this goal, AP has created a large support structure within each programme. A system of financial support, and an integral quality control procedure, contribute to the realisation of this policy.

The objectives, which follow from this general strategy, are to:

  • raise the mobility of students and lecturers with the guarantee of quality and reciprocity;
  • actively stimulate the mobility of the administrative staff members and management;
  • implement an international dimension within each programme;
  • raise Internationalisation @ home through activities and incorporation of an international dimension in the curricula;
  • create a framework for the exchange of international experiences, for staff members and students;
  • build broad, integrated, multidisciplinary cooperation with international partners; guarantee complete participation and equal opportunities for everyone.

AP will emphasise: outgoing student mobility, via academic & placement mobility; incoming student mobility, via student access to Dutch spoken programmes, attractive multidisciplinary English taught modules,  an Erasmus Intensive Language Course Dutch and Belgian Culture and Economy & also by student placements; incoming & outgoing staff mobility (all employees); active participation in Erasmus Multilateral Projects and Networks, Intensive Programmes and other international projects.

Erasmus Charter for Higher Education

The Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE) provides the general quality framework for European and international cooperation activities a higher education institution may carry out within the Erasmus Plus Programme. The award of an Erasmus Charter for Higher Education is a pre-requisite for all higher education institutions located in an eligible country and willing to participate in learning mobility of individuals and/or cooperation for innovation and good practices under the Programme.

The Charter is awarded for the full duration of the Programme, from 2014 untill 2020.