design akademie berlin
Following the laying of the foundation for the internalisation of the university last year, the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design has made it its aim to develop and promote internationalisation measures, particularly through participation in the ERASMUS+ programme. To this end, the university administration is developing an internationalisation strategy, the focus of which is the development of an international partner university network which entails the development of an international exchange programme. In 2016, the ERASMUS+ charter was proposed and began with the acquisition of suitable, noteworthy partner universities. In the 2017/2018 academic year, the first exchanges between students, lecturers and staff took place, within the ERASMUS+ framework.
Recognition of Academic Achievements Abroad
The aim is for all academic achievements acquired abroad to be fully recognised by the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design, in order to enable all students to continue and complete their studies within the allotted time without any obstacles despite their time abroad. This is to be ensured by means of a seamless process of recognition. How does the recognition process work?
Using the course catalogue of the host university, each outgoing student will choose a suitable selection of courses in agreement with his or her academic leader at the design akademic berlin, who will ensure the course content, the learning outcomes and the amount of work required are equivalent to requirements of the home school, the berlin akademie berlin. Should course content that is required by the home school curriculum be unavailable or available in an insufficient quantity at the host university, the academic leader will suggest alternatives (e.g. catch-up courses).
Outgoers should aim to get 30 ECTS points per semester at the host university (or equivalent, if the ECTS system is not used). During accreditation, focus is placed on the acquisition of comparable competencies. All courses which are listed at the host university and which will replace courses at the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design, are written down in the learning agreement and then approved by the coordinators of the host and home universities, before the student begins studies abroad. A certificate of recognition will also be issued, and will note the modules to be recognised abroad. Likewise, the host university will create an academic transcript which will list the courses undertaken, their scope and the student's grades. If this is carried out successfully, all of the learning outcomes listed in the learning agreement and in the certificate of recognition, filled in at the end of the excahnge, will be transferred to the certificate of recognition in accordance with the particulars of the academic transcript, and automatically recognised according to the requirements for graduation at the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design. The conversion of the marks achieved will take place with the aid of the “modified Bavarian formula”, on the basis of the marking system common to the country in question.
The result of the calculation will be rounded up to the nearest German mark. If the result lies between two marks, it will be rounded up to the higher mark. The converted mark will be credited for the equivalent module defined in advance of the exchange. The scope of the academic achievement will be recognised according to the ECTS model. The exchange student will be informed about the results of the recognition procedure and can consult the examinations office in the event of questions or objections. The recognition of a mandatory internship abroad will occur by means of recognition of a course of study abroad: The previously determined ECST number will be awarded automatically following completion of the course and upon presentation of proof of the internship. Studies and internships abroad are listed in the academic transcript and in the diploma supplement of the design akademie berlin, SRH University for Communication and Design.
The design akademie berlin | SRH University for Communication and Design has participated in the ERASMUS programme since 2017 and is bound by the Erasmus University Charter. | |
Erasmus+ is the current European Commission programme for general and professional education, youth and sport. Erasmus+ combines the existing EU programme for lifelong learning, youth and spot and the Erasmus Mundus programme. Erasmus+ comprises three key actions:
- Key action 1 - Learning mobility of individuals
- Key action 2 - Collaboration to promote innovation and to exchange preserved values
- Key action 3 - Support for political reform
Erasmus+ has a budget of 14.7 billion euros. More than four million people will benefit from this support by 2020. The programme runs for 7 years. It improves skills and improves career opportunities. Erasmus+ also supports initiatives which promote innovations in education and professional training for children and young people. Further information on Erasmus+ can be found on the website of the European Commission.
The Erasmus+ budget is primarily used for learning mobility within Europe. From 2015 onwards, it has also supports individuals outside of the EU. By 2020, approx. 2 million students will benefit from Erasmus+, including more than a quarter from Germany. This includes students in every phase of their studies or internship abroad. Students on Bachelor’s, Master’s or PhD courses will be supported for a guaranteed period of up to 12 months. In order to generate higher financial stimulus for the period abroad, the monthly stipend can be increased, especially for countries with higher costs of living.
University graduates can receive financial support for an internship abroad. Erasmus+ students who wish to complete a Master’s course abroad are guaranteed a low-interest loan. The former Erasmus Mundus programme (for highly qualified students who wanted to complete their Master’s degree abroad) is now part of Erasmus+.
Erasmus+ also supports the internationalisation of universities. It funds short teaching and training periods abroad for lecturers and employees. Universities may also invite representatives from companies abroad for guest lectures or to participate in multilateral strategic partnerships, in order to develop joint innovative projects (for example, in curriculum development or other education-related topics). Financing of collaboration projects between universities and companies is made available by the new Erasmus+ Knowledge Alliances. Universities which wish to be included in the development of capacities in the development countries can do this in the international partner universities within the Erasmus+ programme.
Financing for most of the mobility programme and strategic partnerships is organised by the national agencies of the 33 countries participating in the programme (28 EU countries, Iceland, Liechtensein, Macedonia, Norway and Turkey). In Germany, the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) supports and implements the programme.
The following mobility programmes are supported by Erasmus+:
- Mobility for Students: Study abroad (SMS)
- Mobility for Students: Internship (SMP)
- Mobility of Staff: Teaching cycles (STA)
- Mobility of Staff: Training time (STT)
All institutes for higher education which participate in the EU programme in the fields of education, training, youth and sport, from the period covering 2014 to 2020, must be conferred with the Erasmus Charter for Higher Education (ECHE). This charter is awarded by the European Commission within the framework of an accreditation procedure and is intended to guarantee a quality framework for all participants in the mobility measures. The charter and the European Policy Statement (EPS) must be made available on the university website. Both documents can be found below in our Downloads area.
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Further information and advice on Erasmus+ can be found at:
The German Academic Exchange Service
Nationale Agentur für EU-Hochschulzusammenarbeit
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