The project DHIP is co-financed by the European Union Erasmus+ Programme, in the frame of its KEY ACTION 2: Cooperation for innovation and the exchange of good practices, Action Type: Capacity Building in Higher Education. It started in October 2018 and will last until October 2021.
The starting point of our project is a holistic idea of internationalisation. The standard and widely accepted definition, as » the process of integrating an international dimension into the teaching, research and service functions of the institution», does not capture in our view the essence of a process whose ultimate goal is to integrate the institution into the emerging global knowledge production and transfer (research and learning/teaching) network, while enhancing its relevance for its own students and territory. Our definition emphasises the HEIs’ need to become an integral part of the world’s knowledge and learning/teaching system, not only to benefit from it but also to contribute to its development. This rationale calls for change in existing structures, operating modes and mindset to allow the institution as a whole (staff, students, and future employers) to contribute to the emerging global knowledge and learning network. The project foresees joint elaboration of strategies and roadmaps for each partner, using cutting edge techniques and tools, including those created in the Tuning Latin America and ECHE principles. The result foreseen will be the increased ability of the Latin American partners to start and manage their internationalisation process effectively, enhancing mobility and quality, and thanks to carefully planned dissemination and twinning, improve the performance of other HEIs in the region and the EU.
- To improve the quality of higher education and enhance its relevance for the labour market and society.
- To enhance the management, governance and innovation capacities, as well as the internationalisation of HEIs.
- To develop and/or improve effective HEI internationalisation strategies consistent with the ECHE principles and priorities.
- To increase and/or consolidate a network of contacts and regional alliances with peers and with other institutions or associations for mobility, academic exchanges including the use of Tuning tools to affect the shift to student centred learning, and experience with the Latin American Reference Credit – CLAR.
- To support eligible Partner Countries to address the challenges facing their higher education institutions and systems, including those of quality, relevance, equity of access, planning, delivery, management, governance.
UNIEMPRESARIAL IN THE DHIP PROJECT
With the DHIP project, Uniempresarial has made progress in the international management of the institution. Several actions have been carried out in recent years, with respect to the general policies of the institution, the strategic plan for internationalization and networking with national and foreign partners.
Below we show some of the results aligned to the CLAR system, in the dimensions of: Organization, Competencies, Communication, Culture, and Networks.
Our Internationalization Policy is based on global competencies generated from international and intercultural aspects, which integrates the following strategies: International Relationship, International Mobility, and Internationalization at home.
As a result of the meeting held in Argentina DHIP Erasmus+ Project (kick-off meeting, Mendoza Argentina) in which a SWOT analysis was conducted, a plan was built, which contains the analysis of each internationalization guideline with respect to the Objectives of the internationalization policy, in coordination with the institutional regulations, establishing lines of action aligned with the institutional regulations to improve the various internationalization processes, employing a holistic approach.
Within the framework of the DHIP project, internationalization was developed as a cross-cutting and integral process that contributes to the strengthening of the institution and the DUAL model of education. The object of this is to strengthen internationalization, through its insertion in the international and intercultural dimension, as well as its three substantive functions and administrative processes, in order to optimize quality processes and improve the profile of Uniempresarial’s graduates, with the attainment of international competencies.
- Redesign of the Internationalization Office into an inter-institutional relations department that integrates international and alumni management.
- We have an internationalization room with technological equipment provided by the DHIP project. The funding for the purchase of this equipment was performed in two stages and allowed our educational community to obtain the elements required to carry out the different internationalization processes.
Our educators and students participate in international mobilities, which allow them to developed academic, intercultural, and international competencies. These actions help them learn the best practices in internationalization from the best European and Latin American institutions, with the object of implementing them in our institution. Please find some of the experiences of our scholars in mobility through DHIP
- International semester. Multicultural scenario of internationalization at home and of the curriculum with Germany as guest country, for which activities were developed to promote this country, its culture (language, dance, cuisine), academic opportunities (conference «Past, present, and future of university DUAL education) and bilateral relations of Colombia (talks or discussions with representatives of the country). The activities were carried out throughout the 2020-2 semester, articulating them with the initiatives of the academic and cross-cutting units of the institution. Participation from more than 20 panelists.
- Basic German course: Phase 1 & Phase 2. Initiative to promote second and third language proficiency through a basic German language course, aimed towards students, teachers, graduates, and administrative staff members, with the objective of developing international competencies that promote the development of activities with this country.
- Foreign English Assistant. Uniempresarial has a native English speaker who strengthens the English language learning of the academic community, to effectively develop this competence.
- Inter-university intercultural workshops. Development of joint activities with foreign partners, such as the International Gastronomy Workshop, in which Uniempresarial students interact with their foreign peers from partner institutions such as UNID of Mexico, USMP of Peru, UCSG of Ecuador, among others.
- Development of academic spaces on educational, business, social, and cultural topics of general interest, developed in conjunction with foreign partners and national organizations.