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There is an expectation that all students pursue a significant international experience during their time in the Superior Institute of Educative Sciences (ISCE). This recommendation is based on our belief that for students to make the most of the opportunities available in the globalized world of the 21st century, they must develop global competence – knowledge about and an empathetic appreciation of another culture, together with the ability to work as part of a team across cultural boundaries. The best way to develop such global competence is to have firsthand experience living abroad.

Returned students who have lived their international experience report that they gain greater self-reliance, increased self-confidence and a network of new friends and contact abroad. They develop a deeper understanding of their own society as they have new opportunities to see their own culture from a new perspective. Many discover compelling research topics based on their knowledge of a different cultural, political and economic system.

There are different paths to this kind of experience, and ISCE supports students who wish to find opportunities for service, research as well as opportunities for study.

This guide will help you learn more about Portugal, Odivelas (Lisbon) and ISCE and get started the international experience.

- ISCE Guide for Foreign ERASMUS Students

We look forward to welcoming you.

Best wishes,

1. Institution's international (EU and non-EU) strategy

The ISCE Mobility programs aims to develop the capacity of beneficiaries in the analysis of European and trans-European context by conducting integrated studies and systematic observations of different situations of national contexts. Appearing on this opportunity titration goals, planning, implementation and evaluation of studies and interventions that constitute as an asset in the acquisition of new knowledge and skills. This is an opportunity priority for staff and students (future professionals) training capable of integrating consciously and actively in a global labor market, plural and open.

The target groups of our mobility programs are teachers, administrative collaborators and higher education students, in the 1st and 2nd cycles of the scientific areas of Basic Education, Social Education, Cultural Animation, Physical Education and Sports and Tourism. These receivers have the key imperatives obtain new and solid knowledge and skills coexisting and cohabiting in different sociocultural contexts, working to the contribution and sharing domains of educational, social, cultural, sports and tourism operationalization.

The choice of partners began to be based on geographical and cultural proximity, namely Spain and France, in order to make the project more accessible to potential beneficiaries. Due to the success achieved with this option and the excellent performance of our host partners in the initial years, the partnership with these countries and the same partners continued to be renewed. Since then, the expansion of the mobility program of the ISCE led us to define new strategy in choosing our partners, based on the goals and interests of beneficiaries, training required and application areas. In this sense, we choose partners with training product and teaching and work methods similar to ISCEs and professional partners with high dynamics and appropriateness to the training needs of the beneficiaries. We also chose partners based on their regular practice at the reception and integration of beneficiaries under this program of European mobility. Before mobility we assessed the needs of the participants and starting the process supported in this assessment. The target country, host partner, the contents of the mobility and the expected duration are suitable to the needs of beneficiaries.

The Erasmus mobility also allows the approach and contact between beneficiaries and sending and receiving entities. Are also consulted the coordinators and teachers of the courses, revealing crucial for this mobility come true. From these contacts it follows the organization of projects among various entities, for which the beneficiaries presented to be the right people to join them. From here, become possible mobility experiences and organization of joint courses double degree, crossing the objectives, characteristics and training offer of partner institutions leading to success and gradual evolution, both in terms of the entities and persons involved, whether the level of diversity of projects deserved merit.

2. Institution's strategy for the organisation and implementation of international (EU and non-EU) cooperation projects in teaching and training in relation to projects implemented under the programme

The institution's strategy for organizing international cooperation and implementation projects aims to meet the objectives of the Erasmus program, as it greatly promotes the internationalization by promoting and supporting the mobility of its staff, students and training products and research through cooperation with partners from EU countries or others, developing policies of non-discrimination. International mobility fits exactly in the clear policy for the development of integrated solutions, transnational, educational activities (courses, modules, joint curricula, double degrees, etc.). The international strategy of ISCE also involves recognizing the importance and visibility to the achievements of its employees involved in mobility projects individually or in cooperation with strategic partners, taking into account the results of internal monitoring of European mobility and international cooperation activities existing, developing a significant international presence.

The international strategy of the institution aims at valuing learning improving the acquisition, adaptation and permanent updating of knowledge and skills, enabling beneficiaries to evaluate and appreciate a wide range of global approaches and resources in terms of skills and competencies. Inherently, becomes inseparable from the use of new technologies and information systems. All forms of learning, regardless of the context in which they were acquired are identified, assessed and recognized, so that the beneficiaries can contextualize and apply, hence obtaining an undeniable advantage and added value for future professional life. Similarly, promote new language and cultural skills to beneficiaries.

3. Expected impact of ISCE participation in the Programme on the modernisation of institution (for each of the 5 priorities of the Modernisation Agenda*) in terms of the policy objectives ISCE intend to achive.

The expected impact of the ISCE participation is high in terms of modernization of the institution, since the international mobility agreements between ISCE and its partners is always based on the modernization and internationalization of its staff and students in order to improve their qualifications and skills, through working together in different cultural and enriching contexts, in order to provide them with new and better ways of working while sharing knowledge and skills. For each of the 5 priorities of EU Modernization Agenda:

1 - We pretend the increment of the respective performance levels of ISCE through partnerships that enable cooperation between institutions in order to carry out joint activities of an academic nature (exchange of teachers, non-teaching staff, students and information) scientific and educational (research projects, publications, joint organization of scientific events, double degrees) technique (joint studies and projects) and cultural (joint organization of cultural events, joint projects) in areas of common interest.

2 - It is intended with international mobility and cross-border cooperation to improve the quality and relevance of higher education in general, in terms of objectives, skills, syllabus, teaching methods, evaluation methodology, references, double degrees, joint projects linking research and entrepreneurship and bring inputs to the Portuguese higher education and outputs to other European and non-European countries.

3 - We believe that the quality of higher education necessarily involves mobility and international cooperation, because allows us bigger and better linguistic, cultural, logistical, relational, educational and scientific levels. It also allows us to establish programs for studies and projects of common interest, double degrees, stimulating the creation of joint teams work to constitute applications for nationally and internationally funding projects.

4 - Connection of higher education, research and business perspective is fundamental to ISCE as polytechnic institution, because its main objective is to contribute to regional development and training excellence. We believe that this mission is only possible with a strong focus on the relationship between research and entrepreneurship and therefore support and promote, through a specific office, the creation of projects and self-employment in the areas of education, entertainment, social, sports and tourism.

5 - International mobility is today essential for the management and funding of any higher education institution. The domestic market is starting to show rates of reduction and institutions must increasingly look to the global market as a priority. It is in this sense that ISCE relates to their foreign partners through the organization together in common projects capable of attracting international funding, double degree courses, business plans, advanced and continuous training courses, exchange of staff, students, documents and information.






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