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University of Potsdam (UP) is a higher education and research institution with 21,000 students enrolled, including more than 2,700 foreign students, and more than 2,800 teachers, researchers and administrative and technical staff. UP is an internationally competitive research university, due to the close collaboration between the faculties, cross-faculty institutions and the University’s service departments, extramural research institutions and cultural institutions within the region. Currently, UP is engaged in 72 university partnerships, out of which 18 are faculty partnerships. UP offers 26 international programs, 18 of which are English speaking Master programs. UP is involved in 14 Horizon 2020 projects with a total budget of 14.6 million euros and 3 Erasmus+ projects with a total budget of 0.5 million euros. Potsdam’s experiences within the “Collaborative Online International Learning Network (COIL)” of the State University of New York are cornerstones of “internationalization through digitalization strategies”. The initiative Online International Learning at University of Potsdam contributes to reaching the goals of the strategy for internationalization of teaching and learning at University of Potsdam. OIL.UP supports the internationalization at home and supports further student and teacher mobility abroad.
UNICA is a public state University with about 25,000 enrolled students, over 1,900 teaching and technical administrative staff members. The University of Cagliari is located in the island of Sardinia-Italy, in the middle of the Mediterranean. It operates within the international academic community and has developed significant international strength in research activities. The community of students at the University of Cagliari is enriched by an international mix of students coming from the European Union and from non-European Union countries. UNICA’s students have several opportunities to study abroad, in other leading universities in the European Union and in the world thanks to more than 900 partnership agreements. Besides that, about 200 visiting professors come to Cagliari’s University yearly. UNICA with its digital infrastructure (E-learning for didactic Innovation Service center) offers its students digital courses in a wide range of areas contributing to the academic offer. UNICA has been the first Italian university to implement the European Qualification Passport for Refugees (EQPR). Emphasis has always been given to special needs. UNICA also has a relevant and strong experience in favoring the development of entrepreneurial skills and competences of students up to the creation of start-ups and spinoffs.
Founded in 1919 in Brno, the capital of the historic Moravian region, Masaryk University has approx. 30,000 students and 5,500 faculty and staff members. Internationalization clearly is one of MU’s long-term strategic priorities. MU understands internationalization as an important instrument for improving its quality and competitiveness as well as a condition for making the contents of its degree programmes and research results relevant and responding to the requirements of the 3rd millennium. With the participation in 44 Erasmus Mundus projects, MU was n. 4 in the EU, and in 2016/18, MU succeeded in obtaining more than 50 % of all the mobilities allocated to the Czech Republic under the new Erasmus+ ICM scheme. In 2018/19 MU has more than 1200 active agreements with universities in the EU under the Erasmus+ programme, and over 130 bilateral agreements with universities outside the EU. The international outlook of Masaryk University is regularly the MU´s best indicator in various university rankings, mainly due to the proportion of international students (approx. 20 %) and of graduates who have had international experience during their studies (nearly 19 %).
University Paris Nanterre’s reputation is well established in the area of social sciences and humanities in the broad sense. With 33 000 students (including 5400 foreign students), 1400 faculty members and 900 staff members, it is one of the largest and most famous universities in these disciplines. UPN has over 1200 exchange students every year, two-thirds of them passing through the Erasmus+ Program. Several bilingual double degrees at BA and MA levels have also been awarded grants by French-German University for many years, the most long-standing of which are in the area of law (with Postdam University) and economics. Overall, UPN has 14 double degrees with international partners, taught in 5 languages (German, Italian, Spanish, Russian, and English), and 1 Erasmus Mundus Master’s degree. In addition to its solid experience in creating, developing and managing sustainable international partnerships, UPN has also strived to develop a center dedicated to digital pedagogies (COMETE), which is today responsible for designing, maintaining and giving access not only to fully online courses provided to all BA students, but also to fully online degrees, as well as several MOOCs.
Founded in 1367 as the first Hungarian university, with its ten faculties and a total student population of 20,000, including well over 4,000 international students representing 110+ countries, the University of Pécs actively contributes to the economic and social development of its city-region. UP has played a crucial role in revitalizing the city by encouraging collaborative efforts and bringing the world to Pécs. At present, the University of Pécs is one of the most internationalized universities of Hungary and its macro region. A continuous effort is proposed by UP to actively engage with the host cities and regions, including all their major stakeholders, to further achieve higher levels of quality and competitiveness. As the first Hungarian city bearing the title ‘European Capital of Culture’ from 2010 and having become the Global Learning City of the UNESCO in 2017, Pécs firmly believes in the development of education and culture, which can provide the basis for long-term innovations and social development.
Created in 1970, Université de Rennes 1 (UR1) is amongst the twelve main universities in France; it is a multidisciplinary university, which is famous for its excellence and dynamic research. UR1 represents 30,000 students, 3,700 employees, 32 research units associated with national research centres. UR1 has a strong presence in the European Higher Education and Research Area. Every year, there are 250 incoming students and 300 outgoing students via the Erasmus+ program, whether for study mobility or internships. UR1 regularly receives European funding under the International Credit Mobility call for proposals, the last granted project is up to 480 000€. In addition, the university is responsible for a recently renewed Erasmus Mundus Master's degree, a partner of a second and is a co-location center of EIT Digital. 3 diplomas are accredited by the Franco-German University. UR1 is also very present in the H2020 framework program with more than €13 million obtained since the launch of this program, which places it among the main beneficiaries in France. Considered as an intensive research university, it is present internationally through 14 associated research laboratories and networks supported by organizations such as the CNRS and INSERM. Today, there are 14 diplomas taught in English at Rennes, and more than 20 double diplomas and off-shore training, demonstrating that UR1 has a high level of internationalization for its training offer.